I love making tzatziki, especially for our taco dinners, a welcomed fresh addition to the rest of the meal.
This recipe is not an authentic greek version, but it is super easy to make and tasty, that I promise you! I prefer a greek yogurt for this recipe as it is thicker in consistency, but full fat yogurt works too. I tend not to buy 0% or reduced fat yogurt. It’s actually healthier to eat full fat over reduced fat yogurts.
I don’t usually follow a recipe making tzatziki, but I created this to give an idea roughly how much to use. If you want more olive oil, more herbs, up to you!
As much as I love having yogurt, often times I find that we do not finish it in time and we end up tossing spoiled yogurt. It wasn’t until I realized that yogurt, after a few days of it’s best before date , can still be consumed.
If I noticed that the yogurt has been expired for a couple days, I perform the smell test. If it still smells the way it did when I first bought it, it’s good. If it smells like it’s starting to go rancid, I toss. Don’t be alarmed with the liquid formed at the top, that is whey separating from the yogurt. Stir it in, as it has a good amount of protein and calcium.
Cucumbers: I usually roughly chop my cucumbers, but you can grate them for a thinner texture (this may result in more water in your tzatziki. I suggest to wring out the excess water or add salt and let it drain out the water from the cucumbers).
Herbs: Mint and dill are my go to. Roll the mint leaves into a cylinder shape and slice them for a seamless chop. Cilantro or basil would be a nice addition as well.
Lemon Juice: You don’t need a lot, I usually slice 1/3 and give it a good squeeze. You can also add lime juice as well.
- 1 cup greek yogurt or full fat yogurt
- 1/2 cup cucumber, sliced or grated
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 4-5 mint leaves
- a few sprigs of dill
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- Dice cucumber into small pieces or grate (see above for further details)
- Slice mint and dill thinly
- Combine all of the ingredients together
- Enjoy the day of and refrigerate and consume within the next few days.