Tzatziki Sauce

    20 mins

    Easy dressing for gyros or Greek salad. Also makes a nice dipping sauce for Veggies. HINT: Tastes best when chilled for at least 1 hour after preparation.

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    Makes: 8 servings

    • 2 (8 ounce) containers plain yogurt
    • 2 cucumbers - peeled, seeded and diced
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1/2 lemon, juiced
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
    • 3 cloves garlic, peeled

    Prep:20min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. In a food processor or blender, combine yogurt, cucumber, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, dill and garlic. Process until well-combined. Transfer to a separate dish, cover and refrigerate for at least one hour for best flavor.

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    The ingredients are correct in this recipe but it is missing a step that would solve the runniness problem. You must drain the yogurt in a colander for a few hours. This is the way they do it the Greek restaurants. You should also salt and drain the cucumbers for an hour. I tried this recipe and drained the yogurt first and it was great!  -  18 May 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Good, but PLEASE NOTE: yogurt will break down if it is stirred with too much force--especially using a food processor! This is why some people had runny results even after draining the yogurt overnight. Instead, chop everything else up separately and gently fold it into the yogurt with a spatula.  -  29 Sep 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is some pretty tasty sauce! So good, in fact, that I spent the rest of the evening scouring my pantry and fridge for things to dip into it! Very garlicky so it's a bit hot...but I love garlic so that's OK with me. I incorporated several of the tips that I found from reading other reviews: drained the fat-free yogurt in cheese cloth over a bowl in the fride overnight, shredded the cukes then salted them and let them drain all day...I even patted them a bit with a paper towel to absorb some more moisture, and I mixed everything together very gently and let sit in the fridge to develop it's flavor. WELL worth the effort! This sauce was BETTER than many I've had out! Thanks so much Dinah! Now I have a way to satisy my craving for Greek food!  -  23 Jan 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)