Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki Sauce! Fun to say and even more fun to eat! This cool cucumber sauce goes with my Chicken Gyros.  If you know of any other great uses… feel free to let me know.

Sometimes I get home from the grocery store and wonder what in the world I was doing.  Was I shopping in a fog?  Sometimes yes, apparently.  Like the time I came home with whole bean coffee and I don’t have a coffee grinder.  Imagine how awesome that morning was when I opened the bag of coffee.  Or when I bought fat free half and half.  That’s an oxymoron right? Fat-free cream?  Or like when I bought plain no fat yogurt for this recipe! Yuck!  I blame the store on this one. Either there was a killer sale on greek yogurt or something happened to their stock because the whole case was empty.  I thought I grabbed just regular plain yogurt, but it was fat free.  No bueno.  And now I’m realizing I have a fat addiction.  I did use the fat-free yogurt for the sauce.  It was not as delicious as my full fat greek version, but it sufficed.
Tzatziki Sauce
 
16 oz plain greek yogurt
1 english cucumber
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
Juice from 1/2 of a lemon
1 teaspoon dried dill or 1 tablespoon fresh
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
olive oil
 
(Optional: Place greek yogurt in a fine mesh strainer that has been lined with cheese cloth or a coffee filter, strain for several hours to remove excess liquid.  This step is not totally necessary but will make a thicker sauce.)
 
Peel the cucumber and shred with a box grater.  Place into a clean kitchen towel and squeeze out as much excess liquid as you can.
In a bowl, combine greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, dill, salt and pepper.  Drizzle the top with a little olive oil.  Cover and refrigerate until serving.
Print Chicken Gyros recipe here!
recipe adapted from Tide and Thyme

 

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