Greek cucumber sauce (also know as tzatziki) is quick and easy to make. It’s a great dip for raw veggies or tasted pita slices. I also like it to make a batch anytime we are grilling outside. It goes well with steaks, grilled chicken or even on a burger. Here’s the recipe:
- 1 8 oz container of plain greek yogurt *
- 1 cucumber
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp fresh or 1 tsp dry dill ( chop the dill if it’s fresh)
- 1 to 2 cloves of garlic
- salt and pepper to taste
Start by peeling and seeding your cucumber. Then get out a box grater and grate the cucumber. Squeeze the cucumber pieces to get a bit of the extra liquid out.
Get out a medium bowl and put the cucumber pieces in it. Add the yogurt and olive oil. Add the dill and then finely chop or press the garlic cloves and add them to the dip as well. If you don’t have fresh garlic, you can use garlic powder to taste instead. Stir everything together and add salt and pepper to taste.
Cover the bowl and chill the Greek cucumber sauce for at least an hour or until you are ready to serve it.
* If you can’t find Greek yogurt you can use regular plain yogurt. Homemade is fine as well. Just make sure it isn’t too runny. If it is, line a colander with a clean tea towel or cheesecloth. Let the colander over a bowl and pour the yogurt in the cloth lined colander. Leave it sitting in the fridge overnight. You will notice that your yogurt will thicken up nicely and you will have some liquid left in the bowl. Use the yogurt for the dip.