This is a Greek yogurt sauce made with cucumbers and fresh mint. It's perfect for gyros, dipping raw vegetables, etc. Combine chopped onion with the mixture if desired. Low-fat or nonfat yogurt may be used.

Recipe Summary

prep:
6 hrs
total:
6 hrs
Servings:
24
Yield:
3 cups
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Use a cheese cloth to strain the yogurt over a bowl for 3 to 4 hours, until most of the water has drained.

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  • Press excess liquid out of the shredded cucumber. In a medium bowl, stir together the cucumber and strained yogurt. Mix in the garlic, salt, pepper and mint. Chill the mixture for 1 to 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts

15 calories; protein 1.2g; carbohydrates 1.8g; fat 0.3g; cholesterol 1.2mg; sodium 63mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2007
This was excellent. I made some very small changes. First, I used reduced fat yogurt. In a mini processor, I added half the amount of salt and pepper, 10 lemon drops, 2 large garlic cloves, 2 good shakes of dill weed spice, a dash of olive oil, and a full package of the fresh mint from the produce section. After chopping, I had a little less than 1/4 cup of mixture to mix in w/the yogurt and cucumber. Instead of cheese cloth, I used coffee filters and that worked great. Separating the liquid is an essential step! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/08/2011
Has potential but this is way too minty for my crowd's taste. Read More
(3)
240 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 154
  • 4 star values: 65
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2007
This was excellent. I made some very small changes. First, I used reduced fat yogurt. In a mini processor, I added half the amount of salt and pepper, 10 lemon drops, 2 large garlic cloves, 2 good shakes of dill weed spice, a dash of olive oil, and a full package of the fresh mint from the produce section. After chopping, I had a little less than 1/4 cup of mixture to mix in w/the yogurt and cucumber. Instead of cheese cloth, I used coffee filters and that worked great. Separating the liquid is an essential step! Read More
(160)
Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2004
I have always thought I made a great gyros sauce, but after I made this recipe, I threw mine away. I don't know if it's the mint because no one else had it in the other recipes or the yogurt. This is the best gyros sauce I have ever tasted, including restaurants. I have made it so many times I have the recipe in my head. Thanks Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2004
Wonderful and very authentic (I have been to Greece, and frequent Greek restaurants where I live). I served this on pita bread with Souvlaki from this site. I would highly recommend using the cheese cloth to drain the yogurt, as well as using a strainer for the cucumber to press out the liquid; otherwise, the sauce will be runny. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2009
This recipe is fantastic and even easier if you use Greek yogurt and a food processor! I put the Greek yogurt in the processor along with the salt pepper crushed garlic and 1/2 cup whole mint leaves (loosely packed). Then I pulsed it for a bit to coarsely chop the mint and garlic. After that I threw in the diced up cucumber and pulsed some more. The immediate results were DELICIOUS and I'm sure it will be even better after a night in the fridge. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2009
This had really great flavor and the best combination of ingredients of the tzatziki recipes on this site. However the prep time could be seriously reduced if one used real Greek yogurt (like Oikos) that is already thick and does not require straining. I found this to be most difficult in my technologically challenged kitchen lacking cheesecloth or even the basic coffee filter. Needless to say mine turned out a bit runny:P Used the food processor to chop and mix everything up. Served with falafel lettuce and tomato on a pita. The consistency didn't ruin anything but will save myself the trouble and just use Greek yogurt next time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/23/2006
I added half of a fresh squeezed lemon and a pinch of sugar. This is a wonderful recipe. Also I skinned and chopped my english cucumber and left it in a strainer with a little salt sprinkled on it. This way my cucumbers "sweat" out there juices rather than having a runny dip.and you dont need to spend precious time cleaning out the seeds. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2004
Excellent! I didn't have cheese cloth so strained with a paper coffee filter. Subbed 1/2 tsp dried mint for fresh. Every one loved it with the Pork Souvlaki recipe from this site. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2009
I bought small seedless cucumbers I sliced them & put in food processor as well as garlic.Combined it with greek yogurt & added a dash of lemon juice & a few dashes of dried dill also used dried mint leaves because I didn't have fresh. Simply marvelous! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/14/2005
Very good. I made this to go with Moroccan Lamb Kabobs (also from this site.) I too strained the yogurt using a coffee filter. It worked really well and I was AMAZED at how much water dribbled out!! I couldn't find fresh mint so I used dried and I could hardly tell the difference. Excellent recipe. Thanks Brenda! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/08/2011
Has potential but this is way too minty for my crowd's taste. Read More
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