Looking for a cool, refreshing dip this summer? Look no further than Tzatziki sauce!
Tzatziki (pronounced sɑtˈziki) is a traditional Greek dip that is made of yogurt, cucumber, dill, lemon and garlic. It makes an excellent dip for veggie trays, pita chips, or gluten free crackers. Add a dollop to a Greek inspired burger or use as a dipping sauce for grilled meats to take your meal to the next level. Heck, you could even uses this as a salad dressing! I have also added a dollop on top of my Mediterranean Pilaf Salad. So tasty! The possibilities are endless with this refreshing dip!
Best part? It’s a light, healthy dip! We use protein rich Greek Yogurt instead of the heavy sour creams and mayonnaise that are usually used in dips. It’s also loaded with gut healthy probiotics. Plus, we are sneaking some vegetables in with cucumber. So there is no reason to feel guilty if you eat it by the spoonful….not that I did that or anything.
This recipe makes about one cup so if you are making this for a party, you may want to double up!
1 cup of Greek Yogurt (2% or higher)
1 English Cucumber, peeled
2 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon of lemon zest
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
2 packed tablespoons of fresh dill
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper
1. Peel the skin off the Cucumber. Slice into fourths and remove the seeds. Cut the the cucumber into 2 inch chunks. Place seedless cucumber chunks into a food processor and pulse to a puree. With a paper towel push down on to the cucumber puree to absorb the extra liquid. This may take a few paper towels get the job done. Doing will keep your dip from getting watery.
2. Next add the yogurt, garlic cloves, lemon zest, lemon juice, fresh dill, salt, and pepper. Pulse in the food processor for about a minute and a half or until there are no chunks of garlic.
3. Place into a serving dish, cover, and allow to chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Good for up to 5 days.
***If you do not have a food processor, you can finely chop or grate peeled, seeded cucumber. Just make sure to use the paper towel method mentioned above to absorb the extra liquid released. You will also want to chop garlic as finely as you can. Then add all ingredients together in a bowl and whisk.***