Tzatziki Sauce I
This fragrant sauce is cool and refreshing, a perfect summer dip for cucumber slices.
This fragrant sauce is cool and refreshing, a perfect summer dip for cucumber slices.
A very good recipe as is. Not as thick as I am used to though. To make it a 5-star recipe, I added finely chopped cucumbers, and I left out the olive oil and used greek yogurt because it is thicker. If you can't find greek yogurt (or a real yogurt strainer), you can put two coffee filters into a colander. Put the colander over a bowl and strain the yogurt for about an hour or so on the countertop.Read More
This recipe is a great base but requires additional steps and ingredients to make it perfect. I bought 16 oz of yogurt, lined a sieve with paper towel and placed the yogurt in it. After a few hours all of the liquid drained out of the yogurt leaving it nice and thick. I added 1 cup of grated Long English Cucumber. Be sure to squeeze all of the liquid out of the cucmber after grating it. I also added 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh mint.Read More
A very good recipe as is. Not as thick as I am used to though. To make it a 5-star recipe, I added finely chopped cucumbers, and I left out the olive oil and used greek yogurt because it is thicker. If you can't find greek yogurt (or a real yogurt strainer), you can put two coffee filters into a colander. Put the colander over a bowl and strain the yogurt for about an hour or so on the countertop.
To make this a true tzatziki sauce, I did add one very large deseeded cucumber. I also used greek yogurt. VERY good. I seriously ate myself sick on this with a bag of sea salt pita chips. NOTE: If you can stand it, the longer this sauce sits.......the better it gets.
so ... i'd give it a "5" based on the way i made it, but no cucumbers in the recipe?!?! it definitely needs them. i added about 1 cup of finely chopped cucumbers to the recipe and it was perfect and delicious! went great with the gyros burgers also on this site. also, we used Dannon's plain fat-free yogurt and had NO problems with it being too "runny" like others complained about. it was thick, rich and great. but remember to add those cucumbers!
I can't really rate it in its virgin state because I didn't make it that way. However, with the changes I made it was a 5. Changes: 1/4 tsp pepper instead of 1/2 tsp, 1/2 tblsp dry dill instead of 1 tblsp fresh dill, 1 clove of garlic instead of 3 cloves, and I added 1/3 c. shredded & water pressed out cucumbers. Made this way it will be a permanent fixture in my recipe box.
I really liked this recipe, but to add to the flavor and texture, I doubled the fresh dill and added finely chopped cucumbers. It was delicious! Thanks for sharing.
Good start. I added finely diced seedless cucumbers (it needed it), chopped green onions, and 1 tsp of red wine vinegar. Also, use a good, thick greek yogurt. It does have a strong garlicky flavor, so if you are not a garlic lover, either half the garlic or lightly sauté it first to take out the raw garlic "bite". This was excellent on Pita Chips!
Tried Tzatziki sauce with chicken in a restraunt, this is the same. Delicous***.
This recipe is a great base but requires additional steps and ingredients to make it perfect. I bought 16 oz of yogurt, lined a sieve with paper towel and placed the yogurt in it. After a few hours all of the liquid drained out of the yogurt leaving it nice and thick. I added 1 cup of grated Long English Cucumber. Be sure to squeeze all of the liquid out of the cucmber after grating it. I also added 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh mint.
Perfect Tzatziki sauce, Serena! We loved it. Served it with Sharon's Souvlaki, Tabbouleh and pita bread all of which are from this site.
We made chicken gyros and used this as the sauce. The kids used leftover sauce for dipping vegetables for snacks for the week and liked it better than ranch. I will use this next time I make a veggie tray instead of ranch or dill sauce. This Tzatziki Sauce is better than anything I've had in a restaurant. It's wonderful!
This recipe is awesome!!! I made a few changes though, I used greek yogurt, omitted the olive oil and used 2 cloves of garlic finely minced. It was very garlicky but that's how I like it. Great recipe, thanks!
I would have given this a five if it wasn't for the bite with all the garlic in it. I am a garlic lover, and it was too much. Next time, I am going to cut the garlic in half. I added Shredded cucumber to it. Yum-o!!!
We liked this a lot, but I'm glad I used two cloves of garlic rather than three! I also added some coarsely grated cucumber and used pre-strained Greek yogurt.
I used sour cream and grated drained cucumber, wow really great.
Good base for making tzatziki. Along with everyone else, I was confused regarding the lack of cucumbers as an ingredient! I did follow the recipe...although I did not think olive oil was necessary. Also, 3 cloves of garlic would be intensely overpowering. I used 1 good sized one and grated it in. I also used dried dill (about a teaspoon - would definitely taste better with real dill!), a couple of finely chopped mint leaves, and a bit of onion grated in. For the cucumbers, I seeded and peeled 5 normal ones, grated them, then added salt (and a pinch of sugar) to help get the water out. I then took a filter/cheesecloth thing I had and squeezed that pile of cucumbers until they were all but dry. 5 big cucumbers shrank to about a cup! I definitely think adding cucumbers is necessary in order to call it 'tzatziki'...but hey, to each his own! All in all, good base to then adjust accordingly.
Great flavor! I used 2% Greek yogurt and added some chopped cucumber.
I thought this was a good base... had to play with it though to get it just right for us. I added about half a cucumber (seeds removed and rung out in a paper towel). Used nonfat Greek yogurt. Also added 2 tablespoons of lowfat sour cream. I reduced the garlic to 2 cloves and olive oil to 1 tablespoon. Perfect for our homemade gyros!
Yummy! This tasted just like the sauce from a restaurant. I made chicken gyros with this sauce and Peppy's Pita Bread - wow! I only used 1 T olive oil, because that's all I had, but I don't think it made a difference. I also added 1/2 of a seeded, finely chopped cucumber. I love this recipe!
Very good. I doubled this recipe and added an extra tablespoon of lemon juice and dill and 1 unpeeled, shredded english cucumber. With these additions it was exactly what I wanted. Thanks for the recipe!
Delicious! I brought this to a party and got so many compliments! I used 4 oz. Greek yogurt and 4 oz. sour cream. I agree with some, the garlic is a bit heavy. Don't get me wrong, I love garlic, but I'll probably use maybe 2 cloves next time. Also, instead of fresh dill I used a paste-type dill in a tube (it was organic). I can't wait to make this again!
Pretty good. I did make a few changes. I drained the yogurt for a few hours to thicken it, and I added a cucumber, shredded and squeezed dry. I will probably make this again.
I found it odd that a tzatziki recipe wouldn't have cukes and included olive oil. I let the yogurt drain for several hours to thicken, omitted the oil, and included 1/2 of a seeded, shredded, pressed-of-its-juices cuke. Let the whole thing set in the fridge for a little over an hour. WOW! Yumm-o!
Pretty sure this is the best tzatziki sauce I have had and everyone wanted the recipe :) Was so so easy to make and went phenomenally with the Haitian Voodoo sticks!
This was really good once I played with it a little bit. I used 12 oz. of plain yogurt (2 small containers) and a lot of extra garlic since we adore garlic and can never have too much. I also added half of an English hothouse cucumber that I seeded and chopped into pretty small pieces (didn't bother to peel it first). I kept the rest of the ingredients pretty much the same although I didn't really bother totally measuring the dill -- just eyeballed it for the most part. We loved it with pita and the meat from the gyroll recipe on this site (I don't bake it in dough the way the recipe calls to do -- we just eat the lamb and onions). I only had time for it to sit for about 30 minutes or so before we ate, and it was fine. It was really great the next night for dinner with some warmed pita wedges to dip into it.
I used this sauce to put over Souvlaki, another recipe from this site. It was awesome! I think it definately tasted better after sitting overnight.
Great recipe, but like others, I added cucumbers, for sure, and skipped the olive oil and added 2T of dill. It tasted better the next day after all the flavors blended in. Thanks
Something was off, next time I will add shredded cucumber and omit the olive oil, ohhh and less garlic....disapointed.
Yum, served atop the Middle Eastern Turkey Dog recipe and the dinner was a hit. I will make the Tzatziki Sauce I again.
I doubled the dill and added 1/2 of a chopped English (hothouse) cucumber. Quick and EASY!
Awesome on top of my Dolma!.. I added another clove of garlic for extra garlic flavor; the hubster loved it! :)
It was ok but I wasn't particularly impressed with this sauce but maybe I should have seeded the cucumbers? Also I had never heard of this before so didn't know what to expect.
Made this for International Day at my sons school. Was a hit with the kids!
Yummy, healthy and easy to make! Way better than anything store-bought and way healthier than salad dressing. Thanks for posting!!
This was my 1st try making tzatziki, but I've had it plenty of times before. I knew something was missing so I added finely chopped cuke. It still seemed like it was missing something though, but couldn't put my finger on it. And the viscosity was too thin. Either strain the yogurt before adding it or try using Greek yogurt, and don't forget to add cucumber...or maybe just find a different recipe.
I am giving this 5 stars becuase it is healty AND tastes good. I have had better using sour cream, but yogurt is a great alternative without sacrificing taste. Great as dip, or mix a couple tablespoons into your tuna for instant tuna salad (w/o the fat of mayo).
I would make it again...I didn't have any cucumbers though.
This is my new favorite appetizer! Served with cups of diced cucumber, tomatos, greek olives, feta cheese and sliced pita bread so people could make their own little pita appetizer, it was delicous!
Very yummy! A little too much garlic for my tastes so will use less next time. If you don't like garlic, you can chop a shallot instead for a milder flavour. I also added grated cucumber which I put in paper towel and squeezed out the extra water before I added it to the yogurt.
This tased OK, but it seemed rather watery and I also missed the shredded cucumber you usually get in restaurant style tzatziki. I would try draining the yogourt overnight through cheesecloth to get a bit thicker consistency next time and add some cucumber as well.
Family loved it. A keeper
Just like in the best greek restaurants!
This was pretty good. Not the best though. It was too thin for what I'm used to and a bit bland but otherwise not bad!
Yum! I made this recipe exactly as written and we loved it. My 2 year old daughter and I polished off an entire recipe with some pita chips in a matter of minutes (What can I say? She loves garlic!) While I'm sure cucumber is delicious in it, I didn't have one, and therefore, I chose this recipe over others. I loved this recipe's simplicity and healthiness. It was great! Sure you could make a thicker, creamier Tzatziki with sour cream, but I used low-fat yogurt so we can eat a bucket of it without feeling guilty! This will become a new, regular afternoon snack for us. Per some suggestions, I think I may substitute Greek Seasoning for the salt and pepper next time, just for the fun of it. And I will be serving this at the next gathering with pita chips and veggies. I know it'll be a hit! So much more fun and less fat than ol' Ranch Dip.
This recipe was great. I added chopped cucumber and let it sit for an hour. I put the sauce on another recipe from this site - Indian Style Sheekh Kebab. It was great wrapped in Naan bread that I purchased from my local grocery store. A great dinner!
This was OK. Not great. I'm not sure what would improve it. Perhaps better quality yogurt.
Excellent! I used sour cream because I bought the wrong yogurt (rats!). Also, used dried dill because I can not get fresh in Mexico. I added some chopped parsley for freshness. All in all, the flavor was very good.
Very good sauce. Went great with the Gyro Burger recipe from this site. Came out a little runny, so I will try using cheesecloth next time, but it tasted great. I did add cucumber, though. Just didn't seem right not to.
Yum. I used greek yogurt and added a cucumber to the mix also. I served this as a dip with veggies and pita chips and then used it as a sauce for Greecian Pork. Outstanding.
The sauce depends on the yogurt actually. I normally use Greek yogurt with it which taste exactly like the ones in Greece.
Like other reviews, we used greek yogurt, added chopped cucumber, and omitted the olive oil. Was perfect.
Tastes so good. I may never go to pita pit again.
Very tasty Serena. I added some red onion and cucumbers to mine...I wanted to make it into a salad. I served this with Souvlaki and rice. Thanks for sharing.
So good! I used a fat free greek yogurt and used dried dill instead of fresh. I also used just 1 large clove of garlic which was plenty. As I started to make this recipe, I noticed no cucumber ~~ so I decided to add some very finely diced English cucumber to this sauce which I think made it amazing. Family loved and and used it as a dip for Greek Island Chicken Shish Kabobs on this site. Thanks!
Add about half a shredded English cucumber and it's PERFECTION. I drained my yogurt for two days in the fridge and followed all the measurements to the "T" and it was absolutely fab! Great job!
wonderful sauce! we always process cukes and blend that in as well...not sure it would be as good without the cuke :)
liked the recipe a lot.. wish i could give it 4.5 stars.. i ended up doubling the lemon and halving the salt.. didn't have fresh dill so had to use dried.. made sure that the garlic cloves were the big hearty ones.. not the lil skinny baby sized ones.. also added a quarter of a cucumber that i sweated out with salt and pureed.. left out the oil.. thanks for an awesome starter recipe!
This is a great basic tzatziki. I always use greek yogurt as it tends to be thicker, and add about half a grated cucumber. I served this sauce with lamb kebobs recently and everyone raved about it. Thanks for the recipe Serena.
I haven't made tzatziki without cucumbers before but this was good. I still prefer the versions with cucumber as part of the recipe though.
Really yummy--the flavors are well balanced. I added some finely chopped cucumber, too. It was a bit too runny for my taste, so next time I will use Greek yogurt instead of plain. Will be making this often!
Great, simple tzatziki. I add half a chopped cucumber sometimes.
This was very tasty,but i expected the sauce to be a lot thicker and I also added cucumbers. It was great other than it being runny.
While this is a great recipe, it is not tzatziki. When you omit the cucumber, you changed it in a way that sends the result off into another dimension. Tzatziki must have cucumber, yogurt, olive oil, lemon (or white vinegar), garlic and salt and pepper, no exceptions!
I do not care for cucumbers so was glad to find this sauce recipe without them. Made as directed, but used Greek yogurt. Sooo gooood and gahhlicky!
Good tasting stuff. I'd prefer it to be a little thicker though.
Really delicious - I use nonfat greek yogurt which makes it thick and delicious without the fat. I also don't know how anyone can eat this with three cloves of garlic in it. I am a garlic lover, but this is raw garlic we're talking about here. I started with one clove and it was definitely enough garlic. Even with one raw clove in a dip like this, don't plan on a romantic first date right after eating this. I also add another tablespoon of EVOO and double the salt.
When I made this it had a really strong garlic taste and it was a little bit runny.
Excellent tzatziki sauce. I like the fact that it doesn't call for cucumber. I know traditional tzatziki has cucumbers in it, but this one tastes almost identical to the sauce on the gyros I get at my favorite Mediterranean restaurant. It was a little too lemony, but that was probably my fault, because I just squeezed the lemon juice into the bowl without measuring. I used Greek yogurt, so I didn't have a problem with the sauce being too thin. I served this with Middle Eastern Turkey Dogs on pita bread with shredded romaine and sliced tomatoes.
Way too thin!
3 cloves of garlic was just too much for this garlic lover. I remade the sauce with 1 lg. clove and also grated about 1/4 cup of cucumber (I squeezed out excess water before adding to sauce.)
This was an excellent, basic tzatziki sauce to use with greek dishes, such a gyros with fresh lamb or falafels with delicious chickpeas.
/bonks self on head/ It didn't occur to me until just now sitting down to review this recipe that I put 1/2 grated cucumber in it automatically assuming that all tzatziki sauces have it. I hate to review this w/ that additional ingredient, but heck, it was a 5-star, delicious tzatziki that I slathered over pita, and dribbled over gyro meat. Next time I'll read the ingredients more closely.
Makes a lot!
I did just a little tweaking after reading the comments. No oil, greek yogurt and added some grated cucumber. Everyone LOVED it!
1 large tub yoghurt/strained 1 english cucumber/strained 4 large cloves garlic 1 tablespoon dill 3/4 lemon juiced 3/4 teaspoon greek seasoning salt and pepper.
Awesome flavor! Very zesty and traditional Greek! Be sure to add a grated cucumber! Yummmm.
Very good! Added chopped cucumber (a must!), and cut the garlic back a bit. Think the next time I am going to cut back the lemon juice just a tad also, was a little more tart that I wanted, but still delicious!! Will make again for sure.
near identical comments to the poster before me: too thin/needed straining in a coffee filter to thicken. Is missing the cucumber...added that. Is missing the mint....added that. The dill and the garlic were overpowering and need to be cut back.
Excellent dip! We grilled pork chops and sliced them placed on top of Naan bread with red onion and tomoato. Made the dip more tasty by adding one cup chopped english cucumber and a sprinkle of feta.
Excellent tzatziki sauce! I followed the recipe as written and it was superb. I would recommend you prepare this ahead of time so the herbs and spices have time to infuse throughout the sauce. I used Greek yogurt and added seeded, finely diced cucumber. This was great with feta cheese on a gyro sandwich!
Very good... I added cucumber!
This was good, but not the authentic Greek tzatziki that I was looking for (with cucumber, and no dill). I thought it had too much salt, pepper, olive oil, and garlic, so next time I would decrease them all by half, or maybe just double the yogurt. I didn't have fresh dill on hand, so I used 1/2 tsp. dried, which was perfect. This would be excellent with chicken pitas, but I prefer Tzatziki Sauce II from this site for my Greek souvlaki.
This is really good and has the perfect combination of flavorings for a tangy tzatziki. I did make a few changes for personal taste. I used Greek plain yogurt instead because it lends a thicker sauce. I also add about 1/2 of an english cucumber peeled, seeded, and finely diced. I served with the Spinach Feta Turkey burgers from this site, but, it is also a great dip with toasted pita chips.
Added cucumbers as the most helpful reviews suggested. One of the times I made it I also put in some fresh mint leaves I had on hand.
After reading some other reviews I added shredded cucumber with the water squeezed out. But I still felt that there was something missing. I love tzatziki and I felt like this one was missing the punch that most of the ones I have eaten had. After looking around at some other recipies I realized it was red wine vinegar! The cucumber and vinegar really did it, but just about a tablespoon of the vinegar. Afterwards it was great
Add some feta cheese and a shredded cucumber and top your burgers with it! YUM
This was excellent tzatziki sauce. I added a bit of cucumber in it. I also made it in the food proccesor but when I took it out, it was very runny, so I put it in the fridge to harden, but that didn't work. It was still really good, only too runny.
Easy and yummy. We used it as a dip for veggies on Superbowl Sunday, then used the leftovers to make Greek chicken wraps for dinner a couple days later. I always thought Tzatziki sauce was supposed to have cucumbers, so I finely diced 1/2 of one and added it. It would probably taste great either way. If you do add one, be sure to scrape out all the seeds and dry it really well, so you don't make your sauce watery.
Added cucumber. Next time I will use slightly less salt.
I used greek yogurt and added cucumber. Was really good :]
This was a very good sauce, served with greek souvlaki, but my boyfriend hates cukes, so I didn't add any. If I made it with cukes it would be 5 stars!
The grocery store nearby stopped carrying tzatziki, so after mourning its loss for a few days I decided to make my own. This recipe was fabulous! As other users have suggested, I added finely chopped cucumber (it hardly seems like tzatziki without it!) and I also added an extra clove of garlic, but that's just because I'm a garlic fiend. It took less than five minutes to whip up, and should take less than that to eat. Thanks, Serena!
My son and I made this to go with gyros burgers from this website. It was delicious! We didn't have fresh dill so we used dried. We will be making this for guests! Thank you!
This sauce was so easy to make and really delicious! I served it with baked falafel, but it would also make a great dip for vegetables, like cucumbers, carrots, and bell peppers. Thanks :)
I ended up using trader joe's light sour cream, instead of the yogurt in here (because that is what I had) and it worked beautifully. Everyone loved the sauce! Thanks!
too much garlic, i would use half next time (and i love the stuff). also i added a few mint leaves for extra flavor and of course shredded, pressed (to remove excess water) cucumbers, it seemed wrong not to.
Amazing!! I have been looking for YEARS for a good recipe for Tzatziki sauce. We have made this one several times, and it is great!! Thanks!