Tzatziki Sauce

by Erin on February 6, 2013

in appetizers, sides

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This should come as no surprise by now, but I didn’t get into yogurt — or really like any kind other than the heebie-jeebies inducing Gogurt (with SPRINKLES!) from my childhood — until I was living on my own and responsible for eating breakfast before going into work and pretending to be a “grown up.” (I will contest that I sometimes still do this, as cake is a pretty awesome breakfast, in my book…)

I was always looking for something that was filling and relatively healthy… and after unsuccessfully trying to become a cereal person, I tried yogurt and fell in love.

What in the world does my love of yogurt have to do with Tzatziki sauce? It’s the base ingredient here, y’all, and let me be the first to tell you that once you try this, you’ll want to go ahead and put it on EVERYTHING.

Salad? Tzatziki salad dressing — like ranch, but healthier! And with cucumbers!

French fries? The perfect substitute for ketchup!

Any kind of Mediterranean food? Don’t even get me started, y’all.

… We generally keep a mason jar of this sauce in our fridge at all times because we both love it on a variety of different foods, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

This recipe can be made one of two ways — you can throw all the ingredients together in your food processor for a smooth, thinner sauce, OR you can chop the cucumbers finely and throw them into the mix to leave it chunkier. It’s a personal preference thing, as Winston and I go back and forth on it ALL THE TIME.

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Tzatziki Sauce
 
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Recipe type: Sauce/Dip
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 2 large cucumbers, diced finely
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup non-fat sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon dill
Instructions
  1. Chop cucumbers. Set aside.
  2. Combine olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper, yogurt, sour cream and dill in a large bowl.
  3. Add cucumbers to the wet mixture, stirring until just mixed.
  4. Chill in refrigerator, then enjoy with pita chips!

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Do you have a go-to sauce like this?

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Gina @ So Lets Hang Out February 6, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Haha! Go-gurt. I often reference this to people and they have no idea what I am talking about. Who are these people? I try to explain that it is yogurt for when you are on the go… most people are not impressed. Huzzah for Tzatziki! I am in love with this stuff. It makes everything better. Much better than Go-gurt… although… Tzatziki for when you are on the go? That could be something.

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Erin February 13, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Oh my goodness. I am SO GLAD that we both know what this whole Go-gurt thing is and was and how it’s, umm, a little gross to think about.

Hooray for tzatziki and loving it and it basically making the world a better place! And tzatziki on the go could definitely be a thing. Want to go into business and sell the heck out of that? It could be awesome. ;)

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Jayne February 6, 2013 at 8:35 pm

I really love yogurty sauces. So tangy and goes with ANYTHING! You think it’ll make a good marinade for chicken? Minus the cucumbers of course. Also Gina’s comment ^^^ made me giggle. :-D

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Erin February 13, 2013 at 6:25 pm

You and me both, Jayne. Yogurty sauces are the best! And this COULD be a good marinade for chicken. Never tried it like that before, but I’d definitely be interested in hearing how it turned out if you did!

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Natalie February 6, 2013 at 9:45 pm

I love tzatziki, extra garlicky though :P I used to drink those weird YOP things as a kid which is basically liquid yogurt, it grosses me out when I think of it!! These days I just like regular yogurt with a normal consistency!

Now I feel like Greek food!

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Erin February 7, 2013 at 12:32 pm

One of my favorite places in Baton Rouge had the MOST GARLICKY tzatziki ever. It was delicious… but it was definitely something you didn’t want to eat on a date. ;) You’d love it, especially if you love this sauce extra garlicky.

I used to drink those weird yogurt drinks as a kid, and I CRINGE whenever I think of it now. It’s really disgusting. So glad we’re both on the same page here!

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juliana loh (@bilbaobab) February 7, 2013 at 1:37 am

this sounds lovely and so healthy! love the styling and shots too! mouthwatering! :D

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Erin February 7, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Thanks so much, Juliana. It’s delicious and perfect for so many things. And so glad you love the photography, too. Since I’m a photojournalist, I find photographing food challenging and fun… so it’s always nice to hear someone say I’m doing a decent job at it, especially since my job doesn’t allow me to tinker with my subjects. It’s kind of freeing to be able to set up the food the way I want… as opposed to the way it’s presented to me, if that makes any sense.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Julia {The Roasted Root} February 7, 2013 at 8:16 am

IIIIIIIIIIII Love it! Tzatziki is such a delicious sauce and I’ve never made it at home. I never thought to use it as a dipper for french fries and love this idea! My french fries will never be the same again and I can’t wait to try the sauce!

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Erin February 7, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Thanks, Julia! It really is so delicious, and it is SO EASY. It’s just a matter of deciding if you’d rather the sauce be a little thicker and leave the cucumbers intact or if you want to puree it all. It works both ways, though I prefer it chunky. And putting it on French fries will CHANGE YOUR WORLD. Whew, girl. Sorry in advance. It’s awesome.

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Eileen February 7, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Why have I never thought to keep a big batch of tzatziki in the fridge? This is brilliant! Now I have to go get some cucumbers and dill…

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Erin February 8, 2013 at 8:38 am

Make it happen, girl! It’s one of my favorite things to have on hand… officially.

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Eileen February 9, 2013 at 7:11 pm

I am making some RIGHT NOW. The only thing is, do I want to use dill (dried) or cilantro (fresh, & I love it anyway)? Decisions!

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Erin February 10, 2013 at 11:59 am

What’d you choose? As someone who is not a fan of cilantro, I would have gone with the dill… but I’m interested to hear which one you did AND how it turned out!

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Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks February 7, 2013 at 2:13 pm

We have a bunch of unused mason jars and I’m pretty sure one of them is about to be called up for service. =D I never considered tzatziki sauce for salad nor fries, but both sound superb.

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Erin February 8, 2013 at 8:41 am

Give it a shot, and let me know what you think, Nilsa. It’s so darn good… and it’s so easy to make. The only thing you have to decide is whether you want the sauce to be chunky or smooth. Decisions, decisions… ;)

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Alli February 13, 2013 at 12:41 pm

The Greeks made many great contributions to the world, but Tzatziki might be the greatest. Or maybe feta… or spanikopita… Damn, I love Greek food!

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Erin February 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Amen to that! Any kind of Greek food is more than OK by me… and now, I want all of it. Hmm.

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Lynne March 4, 2014 at 4:56 pm

This sauce sounds delicious!

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