Homemade Tzatziki

All you need is a few simple ingredients and a little time to whip up this homemade tzatziki. Freshly grated cucumber is salted and set to drain in a colander in your sink until dehydrated and limp. Mix this with Greek yogurt, fresh garlic, mint, lemon juice and olive oil and season with salt to taste.

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If you haven’t made your own tzatziki, this is your chance to experience such an amazing sauce. Whether you topping lamb in a pita, grilled vegetables or with crispy baked pita chips for dipping, this fresh and vibrant condiment is extremely easy and will make your tastebuds dance. And don’t worry, as you can see above, I have a killer skewer recipe coming at you tomorrow, so you can plan on making this over the weekend.

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Here’s what you’ll need: 1 English cucumber, 2 cups Greek yogurt, 1 to 2 cloves fresh (peeled) garlic, 1/2 a large lemon, 2 tablespoons olive oil, fresh mint and kosher salt.

For the cucumber, I pulled out my trusty box grater and grated the entire thing. Seeds and all. Then I set cucumber shreds into a colander (or use a fine mesh strainer) into my sink or in a larger bowl. Toss the grated cucumber with a generous pinch of kosher salt and let it drain for an hour or so.

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Meanwhile, add 2 cups of plain Greek yogurt into a bowl and add in the juice of 1/2 a lemon, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 heaping tablespoon minced fresh mint leaves. I use a microplane to grate the garlic directly into the bowl and then add in the drained cucumber.

Note: I’ve actually forgotten to drain the cucumber once. It’s not the end of the world, but it will water down the dip quite considerably. Just a heads up! 😉

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Stir to combine. Then cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight so the flavors can develop.

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That’s it, you’re now ready to slather allthethings! This homemade tzatziki is super simple and the flavor is out of this world.

Fresh.

Clean.

Delicious.

Enjoy! And if you give this recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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Homemade Tzatziki

If you haven't made your own tzatziki, this is your chance to experience such an amazing sauce. Whether you topping lamb in a pita, grilled vegetables or with crispy baked pita chips this fresh and vibrant condiment is extremely easy and delicious.

Yield: about 3 to 4 cups

Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes (2+ hours refrigeration time)

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minuteshour 15 minutes + refrigeration time

Ingredients:

1 English cucumber, grated

kosher salt

2 cups Greek yogurt

juice from 1/2 a lemon

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 to 2 cloves fresh garlic, grated

1 (heaping) tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves

Directions:

Using a box grater, grate the entire cucumber. Place into a fine mesh strainer or colander, season with a generous pinch of salt. Toss and let the cucumber drain into your sink or a large bowl for 1 hour or so.

In a medium bowl combine the yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, mint and drained cucumber. Stir to combine, taste and season with more salt to your preference.

Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours or overnight so the flavors can develop.

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4 Responses to “Homemade Tzatziki”

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    Alison's Allspice — June 9, 2017 at 11:24 am

    I have always used dill in my tzatziki, but mint sounds like a refreshing new twist!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — June 18th, 2017 @ 8:30 am

      ooooh! I bet dill is delicious too!

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    Ginger Wroot — June 14, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    I’ve never made tzatziki, but your post has inspired me to try this. Such nice snaps too, my dear! Pinned, and thanks! –G

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — June 18th, 2017 @ 8:09 am

      Why thank you, Ginger! Enjoy! 🙂

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