Ahh one of my favorite condiments on Earth.
Can you call it a condiment?
I guess you can if you put it on basically everything. Which is what I do.
This is my classic, no frills Tzatziki recipe. There are no twists on this one, since I like to keep it traditional. Occasionally I’ll add some fresh crumbled feta to it, but start here and play with the seasonings/additions as much as you want. I’m not here to judge. Just to teach.
I like to use Fage full fat Greek yogurt for this, and you really should use Greek yogurt because plain yogurt just doesn’t have the same texture. You can strain it to get the moisture out, but that adds another long process to it and I think the Fage is already pretty thick as is. The first time I made it I strained it in the fridge with a cheesecloth for 3-4 hours and maybe 1 tbsp of liquid came out. Not worth it. Fage is good to go from the container in my opinion.
One thing I like to add sometimes before serving is a little drizzle of good, Greek olive oil. Adds a luxurious look and taste to it. Otherwise, this is a simple, chunky (aka LOTS of cucumber) tzatziki. Perfect for topping on gyros, salad, or just served plain with crudite and pita chips. OPA!
Tzatziki (Greek Cucumber Yogurt Sauce)
- 2 Large Cucumbers shredded/grated
- 2 cups Fage Greek Yogurt Total, full fat
- 1 tbsp Garlic chopped
- 1 tbsp Dill chopped
- 1/2 Lemon Juiced
- 1 tsp Kosher Salt
- Olive Oil optional, for garnish
- Peel the cucumbers, then grate or shred them and place in a mesh strainer over a bowl. Push down with your hands to get as much moisture out as you can. Cover the top with a paper towel and place in the fridge for 30 minutes – 1 hour.
- While the cucumbers are drying, add the Greek yogurt, chopped garlic, chopped dill, lemon juice, and Kosher salt into a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
- Remove the cucumbers from the fridge and push down into the strainer again with your hands to release any excess liquid. Add cucumbers to the yogurt mixture and stir together. Taste to adjust seasoning and drizzle with olive oil (if you want). Serve with pita chips, veggies, fish, meat, whatever your heart desires!