Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

Hello everyone! Today I am posting my first specifically requested recipe, and it makes me so happy!  I love knowing that there are people out there reading this blog who want to see specific things or have questions. Keep the questions and comments comin’!  I am posting this particular sauce  as a follow up to another previously posted recipe.  On June 2nd I posted a delicious recipe of a quinoa burger. I mentioned the burger could be served with Tzatziki sauce if desired, and pictured it that way in my photos. Some readers were curious as to what Tzatziki sauce is and how to make it, so here we go! Tzatziki sauce is one of those sauces you can probably find at your grocery store, definitely at an organic grocery store, but can also easily be made at home! The sauce originated in Greece and is most commonly served there as a sandwich spread with gyros.  Tzatziki is also commonly served with a loaf of bread as part of the first coarse of a meal. I recommend making a batch of this delicious dipping sauce and trying it with sliced veggies and toasted pita bread. It’s quite refreshing. Now get out there and try something new!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup cucumber- diced and seedless
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ lemon, juiced

Directions:

  1. Peel the cucumber and lightly salt it. Set it aside to allow for excess water to be drained from the cucumber.
  2. Mix up the remaining ingredients until completely blended.
  3. Squeeze the remaining water out of the cucumber slices and add to the yogurt mix.
  4. Taste and flavor as desired- add more salt, dill, garlic, lemon, etc.
  5. Serve with pita bread slices, vegetables, baked or fried zucchini/ eggplant slices, Or my quinoa burger! (follow the link below!)

Notes and Tips!:

  • This sauce pairs perfectly with the Quinoa Burger recipe that was featured in early June!
  • If you do not have any full garlic cloves, 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder can be substituted for every clove missing.

 

 

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