Tzatziki

My bother is visiting since last couple weeks and we have been trying new recipes together. Lately with this summer heat, I am more drawn towards cooling foods. Lately we have been making more salads, wraps, soups that are looking to soul. When it comes to versatile dip or sauce, Tzatziki is a great option because its slightly tangy, garlicky and cool due to the use of cucumber and fresh herbs. Greek Tzatziki Sauce is a refreshing cucumber yogurt sauce that is good on so many things! It is also super simple to make and can be whipped up in 10 minutes. Tzatziki is great as a dip for warm pita bread, chips and veggies or as a topping for sandwiches, salads, flatbread and gyros. This healthy, cool and creamy sauce is so tasty and quite addictive.

One of my favorite meals are falafel wrap or salads topped off with this sauce, I usually have it for lunch twice a week! It’s so good! I use a food processor to make my Tzatziki sauce because I prefer a smooth texture rather than chunky. It also makes this recipe so quick and easy. If you would prefer a chunkier sauce or dip, feel free to just finely chop your cucumber and mix everything in a bowl. The most important thing is the flavor… This sauce is best after it has been refrigerated for a couple hours allowing the flavors to develop and meld together. The sauce will keep for up to 48 hours if refrigerated in an airtight container. It’s a great make-ahead appetizer for a party.

Ingredients

1 cup of finely grated cucumber

2 cups of Fage greek yogurt (you can use any brand)

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp EVOO

10 garlic cloves, finely grated

1/2 tsp of sea salt (adjust to taste)

1 tbsp finely chopped dill

1 tbsp finely chopped mint

2 tbsp finely chopped cilantro

1/2 tsp black pepper powder

Method

Finely grate cucumber. Place the cucumber on a cheese cloth and gently squeeze out all the excess water.

In a bowl, combine all the ingredients. Chill the dip for at least 4 hours. I usually let the flavors infuse over night in airtight container.

Enjoy with salads, dip, mezze platter, sandwiches, flatbread or pita bread.

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