My husband’s family is of Greek decent, so he loves to experiment and make Greek dishes like Tzatziki. Many of them are fairly simple (like this one), while others can be extremely complex (like pastitsio or spanikopita).
For Tzatziki, all you really need is garlic, cucumber, greek yogurt, lemon, and dill. I always go with the fat free yogurt since it makes this a super healthy dip option. The only prep work needed is to really mince the garlic and cucumber. You can leave the cucumber a bit chunkier, but I prefer it a bit smoother.
Tzatziki is one of the easiest recipes to throw together in a pinch and it can be used in a variety of different ways. It is great alone as a dip for vegetables or pita chips. It is also a perfect spread for anything from gyros to burgers.
I love tzatziki because it is able to provide a creaminess and tang to a dish while also being crisp and refreshing, just like a guilt free sour cream. I have even replaced sour cream with greek yogurt a few times for some of my Mexican-style dishes.
- 1 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
- 3 cloves of garlic minced
- 1 cucumber diced
- 1 Lemon zested and juiced
- 1/2 tbsp. fresh dill finely chopped
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Season to taste. Let sit in the fridge for a few hours to allow flavors to blend.