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Homemade Tzatziki

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It’s Greek Week!

Well … maybe not officially, but it is in my book.

To start off the F&F Greek Week (now it’s official), I’m sharing a little recipe for one of my MOST favorite snack foods.

Ever been to a Greek restaurant and thought to yourself, “what on earth is this tasty white yogurt-ie sauce on my plate?! It’s wonderful and I can’t figure out what’s in it! Excuse me, waiter? May I have some more?”

Welp, I’m here to share: it’s called Tzatziki (pronounced za-ZEE-kee) and I figured out how to make it.

Tzatziki is a traditional Greek side dish/sauce made with Greek yogurt (shocker) and cucumber. It acts as a wonderful cool sauce for grilled spiced meats, dressing for a hearty Greek salad, or as a dipper for veggies and naan/pita.

It can be made with fresh mint or dill, if you have some handy and want to experiment with different flavors. I left mine simple and drizzled the top with a nice EVOO – just a little kiss of extra flavor.

I like to serve Tzatziki with cucumber discs, carrots, celery, spoons, grilled whole-wheat naan bread, and any other tasty veggie I deem, “dip-able!”

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Although not paleo, this recipe definitely falls into the “clean foods” category.

This stuff makes me really really happy.

Enjoy.

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Homemade Tzatziki

By: Cassy
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Ingredients  

  • 500 grams Greek Yogurt dairy free yogurt for Whole 30
  • ½ Medium-Sized Cucumber deseeded & finely chopped
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Minced Garlic ~ 4 large cloves worth
  • 1 Lemon Juiced
  • 2 tablespoons White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil for garnish/drizzle

Instructions

  • Pour the extra water off the top of the Greek yogurt. You want it to be as thick as possible. (Feel free to let the yogurt drain in a cheesecloth for a few hours for an extra thick texture).
  • Press the deseeded and chopped cucumber in cheesecloth or paper towels to absorb as much moisture as possible. Press down and squeeze, don’t worry about bruising.
  • Stir all the ingredients together.
  • Drizzle with a little EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) to finish, if you so desire.
  • Serve with any veggies or grilled flat bread.
  • Enjoy!
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Cassy Joy Garcia

HOWDY! I’m Cassy Joy and I am just so happy you’re here. I’m the founder, Editor-in-Chief, and Nutrition Consultant here at Fed and Fit. What started as a food blog back in 2011 has evolved now into so much more.
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  1. Brenda says

    Brenda —  02/19/2013 At 11:48

    Another great recipe Cassy! I am very into my greek yogurt lately. Keep ’em coming!

    • fedandfit says

      fedandfit —  02/19/2013 At 11:59

      Thanks, Brenda! Will do.

  2. samantha says

    samantha —  02/19/2013 At 16:30

    Your Tzatziki looks amazing! Great pics, too! Can’t wait to test your recipe! 😀

    • fedandfit says

      fedandfit —  02/19/2013 At 21:21

      Thank, Samantha! I’d love to know what you think about how it comes out!

  3. Jen says

    Jen —  10/13/2014 At 01:03

    I made this tonight and it was amazing!! Great flavor, wouldn’t change a thing. Which is saying a lot, because I make home cooked meals everyday and always have to tweak the recipe in some way. Thanks so much!

    • Cassy says

      Cassy —  10/13/2014 At 14:04

      Awesome, Jen! Thanks for the great feedback.

  4. KC says

    KC —  07/13/2015 At 00:16

    Can you freeze this for later use?

    • Kelly says

      Kelly —  07/19/2015 At 22:08

      Hi KC! You could try freezing it in ice cube trays for an easy use when you would like a little bit at a time. We don’t believe the texture will be quite the same, but it is worth a shot. If you do try it, let us know how it holds up!

  5. Loren says

    Loren —  07/14/2015 At 19:18

    Can you freeze these little patties? Would you freeze them before or after you cook them?

    • Kelly says

      Kelly —  07/19/2015 At 22:09

      Hi Loren! You could try freezing it in ice cube trays for an easy use when you would like a little bit at a time. We don’t believe the texture will be quite the same, but it is worth a shot. There is no cooking involved in the recipe though.

  6. Cat says

    Cat —  06/16/2018 At 16:39

    It’s not pronounced zazeekee at all though! -an actual Greek person

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