Greek Sauce Tzatziki

Little can be added for the most famous Greek dip. The reputation of tzatziki sauce precedes it, it cools souvlaki wraps (here the recipe), it can stand alone on a table full of mezze and it is certainly the one dip that will cool your day. Sauce tzatziki is creamy, refreshing and with a spicy kick of garlic. And oh, so simple to make!

Preparation time
Less than 30 minutes
Cooking time
No cooking
Serves
Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 kg of creamy Greek yogurt (full fat please)
  • 1 small cup of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp of white wine vinegar
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup of mint, finely chopped
  • Pinch of salt

Tzatziki recipe, Keep your cool

Tzatziki comes as the perfect dip to compliment grilled meats. There can be no better match to it than souvlaki or kebab grills. In Greek tavernas, tzatziki appetizer always makes its appearance alongside crispy, freshly fried vegetables. There is hardly anyone that can resist its charm. But are there any tricks in making it at home?

For the perfect tzatziki sauce, you need a good strained yogurt.  It is the type of yogurt that would add this creamy texture, so avoid the standard plain yogurt. Then comes the cucumber, that takes a little preparation. If there are seeds, remove them. Your cucumber will need to be grated or cubed before going into the tzatziki dip, but do not forget to treat it to some salt. This will remove any excess moisture and will allow for smooth texture.

Super easy to make at home, here is what you will need for authentic homemade, easy tzatziki dip:

How to cook

How to prepare traditional greek tzatziki

Peel your cucumber and chop the edges then torment against the thick side of your grater. Add a little salt and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. This draws out all of the excess water so your tzatziki dip is nice and thick. Squeeze all the water out of your grated cucumber. Meanwhile chop the mint and press your garlic cloves

You can now combine the grated cucumber and yoghurt. Add the olive oil and vinegar. Mix very well to get a smooth homogeneous texture. Finally stir in your herbs, and you are done! Chill and enjoy.

Tip: the more you chill the better the flavours combine, so make it the night before your bbq!