Brownifer Bites: Jen's Tzatziki

Friday, August 19, 2016

Jen's Tzatziki

This is just a quick instructional blog for how I put together my tzatziki.  I'm the sauce queen in this house and Brownie is in love with this.

First let me say that the measurements below are approximate - which is why I took pictures of my ingredients in my hands below so you could see about how much I actually used :-) Do what tastes good to you!


  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 1 Pint or so of plain Greek yogurt (I used 3 tubs of what is pictured, which gave me a bit more than a pint)
  • 4-5 cloves fresh garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 TeaspoonSalt
  • a few grinds of fresh ground Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon juice (I used lime) 


  • Remove seeds from cucumber by slicing length-wise and using a spoon to scrape out the center until the seeds are gone.
  • Grate cucumber (with peel on) into a colander and sprinkle with salt, toss, sprinkle a bit more salt
  • Let cucumber sit for 5 minutes in a clean sink to drain
  • Using your hands, squeeze the cucumber to remove as much excess water as you can.  You can see in the pictures to the right how much it reduces in size, but this will keep your tzatziki from being watery and separating.
  •  Place drained cucumber in a mixing bowl and add all other ingredients and mix together!
  • Let sauce sit in the refrigerator for an hour or two before serving to let the flavors mingle. Taste before serving and adjust garlic, salt and pepper to your liking.
This is amazing with anything, really.  Dipping fresh vegetables especially!  I used this spread on my Rosemary Chicken Salad Pitas and we are plotting a Gyro experiment with it as well :-)  Enjoy!

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