In my little family, Greek food is a total favorite. My daughters, nieces, and I stand around the kitchen bar chopping every ingredient for the delectable sauce known as tzatziki. Tzatziki originated in Greek culture and flourished throughout Southeast Europe, the Middle East, and is now common around the world. This sauce is usually served as a side dish or marinade for grilled meat and vegetables, or as a dip for pita bread.
To make tzatziki, Greek yogurt is typically mixed with diced cucumber, minced garlic, and fresh herbs such as dill or mint. Lemon juice, salt, and pepper are also added to give it the zesty taste it is known for. The dip is usually chilled for a few hours before serving to allow the flavors to combine.
Tzatziki is a refreshing and healthy dip that is high in protein, calcium, and other nutrients. It is also low in fat and calories, making it a great option for those who are watching their weight or trying to eat healthily.
2 cups plain Greek yogurt
1 cup seedless cucumber (minced)
½ large lemon (juiced)
3-4 cloves garlic (minced)
2 tbsp Fresh dill (chopped)
Pink Himalayan salt (to taste)
Black pepper (to taste)
1 tbsp curly parsley (chopped, optional)
1) Combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl.
2) Delicately fold making sure to combine all ingredients well.
This sauce can be used as a marinade for lamb, chicken, or beef. Marinade for no less than 2 hours, preferably overnight.
If used as a sauce, make sure to chill before serving.
Garnish with fresh dill or parsley.
Tzatziki is a great addition to a charcuterie board, pairing well with crackers and fresh vegetables.
Chelsea Gieselmann is a mom, photographer, columnist, food blogger, and home-cook. Cooking has been a passion of hers since she was old enough to cut out biscuits with the mouth of a mason jar. Her great-grandmother taught her the basics and she is ever so grateful to have been able to learn from her. Since then, she has honed in her craft a great deal and continues to. Instagram: @Southrngritskitchen