Authentic Tzatziki Recipe (Greek Tzatziki Sauce)
This authentic tzatziki recipe is the perfect accompaniment to Greek chicken gyros. It’s tangy with a hint of olive oil, lemon, garlic, and has the freshness of dill to boot.
According to wikipedia, “Greek-style tzatziki sauce is served with grilled meats or may be served as a mezze alongside other mezzes, dishes and ouzo. Tzatziki is made of strained yogurt (usually from sheep or goat milk) mixed with cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, and sometimes lemon juice, and dill or mint or parsley.”
Tzatziki is a great dipping sauce for vegetables and pita chips but is even better as a topping for Greek gyros. Fresh, homemade tzatziki is super easy to mix up and can be kept for a few days in the fridge. You can also use it as a dip for kebabs.
For this authentic tzatziki recipe you will need: yogurt, sour cream, lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, garlic, dill, and salt. Exact quantities are below. This recipe will make enough for roughly eight Greek gyros.
Greek style yogurt is a must for this recipe otherwise the tzatziki will be too runny. You can strain regular plain yogurt to get the same consistency. Always use plain, unsweetened yogurt for this recipe.
Peel and grate the cucumber. Then try to squeeze out as much excess liquid as you can. The best technique it to press the grated cucumber onto a colander.
Next mince the garlic.
A good olive oil is key to this recipe. Look for a dipping olive oil it will have better flavor than cooking olive oil.
You can use fresh or dried dill. If you are using fresh dill you will need to increase the quantity to one tablespoon and chop it.
Mix the ingredients together and allow it to rest in the fridge for an hour to improve the flavor.