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Ever tried Tzatziki? Well, you’ll instantly fall in love with this traditional Greek Tzatziki recipe for a cold creamy dip sauce as it goes perfectly with grilled or potatoes, you can also enjoy it as an aperitif or as a starter!
Tzatziki is a delicious cold yogurt sauce, a starter, a condiment, appetizer… it can be many things according to the Greek culinary tradition from which it originates. Made with yogurt, cucumber, lemon and garlic, this tzatziki recipe is so simple, you need to keep it and stand out for all your occasions!
The Tzatziki recipe that I will share with you today is really simple to make and it can be used as a starter or as a sauce, there are two kinds of Turkish and Greek tzatziki. The Turkish recipe is slightly more liquid.
Tzatziki is a fresh and creamy sauce of Greek or Turkish origin served as a condiment in Greek sandwiches. It is an alternative to the Arabic hummus sauce, only it’s made with yogurt instead of vegetables and various beans, but still very delicious. This sauce is based on thick yogurt and cucumber previously drained of its water that serves as a side dish or dips.
Serve with crackers or pita bread and vegetables.
So, What is Tzatziki?
Tzatziki is a typical Greek side dish consisting of cucumber and Greek yogurt. However, you can perfectly prepare a homemade tzatziki with products well from us. As a fresh appetizer, with a piece of grilled meat or in a summer salad: our tips will make your tzatziki sauce a success !
To garnish croutons for an aperitif with friends or slices of toast for a meal of tartines sandwiches. All ingredients are prepared quickly and their diversity should inspire you.”
Easy Homemade Tzatziki Recipe
Ingredients for 4 people
- 1 cucumber of about 300 g
- few stems of fresh mint
- 2-3 branches of flat leaf or Italian parsley
- ½ lemon
- Cucumber dice
- Greek yogurt or other type of yogurt
- Minced parsley
- Espelette pepper(chili pepper)
- ½ lemon
- pinch of salt
- Pepper powder
- Step 1: dice the cucumber with fresh herbs
- Rinse the cucumber. Do not peel it. Cut it in half lengthwise and remove all the seeds. Then cut into small cubes and place in a salad bowl as you go.
- Salt generously and leave to marinate for about 15 minutes. Rinse fresh mint and parsley. Remove the leaves, chop them with a knife and set aside.Transfer the cucumber dices into a colander, rinse under the tap and drain on a clean dishcloth.
- Step 2: preparation of tzatziki
- In a salad bowl, combine the diced cucumber, the Greek yogurt(or any yoghurt there are many types of youghurt out there), mints and parsley. Mix well. Add 1 pinch of Espelette pepper (also known as Piment d'Espelette) or any other is a chili pepper you prefer. Squeeze the juice from 1 lemon and add it in the mizture. Mix thoroughly again. Then taste and grind the seasoning of your chouce.
Keep this yummy tzatziki in the refrigerator for at least 1 to 2 hours as it is served very cold and fresh. Put it in a small bowl and serve.
Before serving you can drizzle with olive oil if desired and garnish with a sprig of dill.
There are several ways to enjoy this tzatziki: on small toasted bread, as an aperitif, in starter dessert like amuse-bouche or hors d’oeuvre. But it also serves as a sauce with fresh vegetables simply steamed, a fish fillet or on a grilled meat.
Thus disgorged, the cucumber is perfectly digested. This vegetable does not shine with its wealth of vitamins and mineral salts, but mint and parsley contain a lot of them. And yogurt brings you calcium. In addition, it is a preparation without an ounce of fat, totally “Slimming”!
6 ways to serve tzatziki
Tzatziki is the perfect sauce for dipping crispy appetizers, crackers, but also chips, fresh or crispy toast, or baguette. In short, this is the perfect aperitif!
Your tzatziki can also be used as a sauce to accompany grilled chicken, meat (such as lamb skewers or pepper steak) or even fish.
Go for some tzatziki to take away. Fill a glass jar with 1/4 tzatziki and put in it cucumber and carrot rings. Close the lid and take it with you for a picnic or as a snack on the train.
Equally delicious: replace the cucumber with Apple for a fresh, tart taste, or beetroot. The latter gives your tzatziki a slightly sweet taste and a beautiful pink color.
Another possible combination is tzatziki with nuts, any nuts or seeds are fine. Finely chop the nuts, fry them very briefly in a frying pan and add them to your standard tzatziki recipe. Keep a handful of chopped nuts to sprinkle them on the tzatziki as a finishing touch.
Finally, tzatziki is the ideal seasoning for a salad. Prepare a Belgian version of the Greek salad with fresh salad, red onion, cubes of fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, and a spicy goat cheese.
Some Daily Ideas for Tzatziki Recipe Variations
Would you like a little more inspiration to prepare this yummy Greek cucumber dip sauce? No worries! I can offer you a few delicious tzatziki recipes below, such as waffles with potatoes and vegetables with Apple tzatziki.
Potato and vegetable waffles with tzatziki
Potato and vegetable waffles with tzatziki
Fresh chicken Kebab with tzatziki
Chinese cabbage stew and Apple tzatziki
You can also serve tzatziki with souvlaki too. It’s delicious!
Tip: Cook with organic and/or local ingredients
For all the ingredients present in these tzatziki recipes, you will probably find an equally tasty organic version in your local store. Or go directly to your local farming or food producer if possible.
Also you can try making a fresh and equally delicious Bulgarian Tarator. Tzatziki is very similar to tatator, just a little bit ticker and creamier.
Do you often make your own homemade tzatziki? Or will you try a recipe with tzatziki for the very first time? Let me know in the comments below.