Can’t get to Greece this summer? Lol me neither. So, I’ll be making this creamy Tzatziki Sauce instead and decidedly pouring it over my whole life.
I went to Greece last summer and though this might hurt to hear, it was even more incredible than you can imagine. The Aegean Ocean is bluer than blue; the food is fresher than fresh; the locals are warm and welcoming and the wine… well the wine flows like water, which I myself always appreciate. But if you, like me, are home this summer season and unable to physically get to Europe or an island on the Mediterranean, then this Tzatziki Sauce will help trick your tastebuds into believing that you are in fact there – even if only for a fleeting moment in time.
And though I’m definitely pulling at strings right now (from my couch, I might add), I really do enjoy and appreciate the fact that certain recipes, foods and cuisines allow us to experience different places and cultures through taste, seasoning and preparation. For example, I haven’t been to India yet, but I have a sensory idea of what it might be like through the different Indian foods I’ve enjoyed, however Americanized they have all effectually been. So, if you haven’t been to the Mediterranean or even if you have, savor the joy that is the rich and creamy wonder of tzatziki sauce.
What Is It
This creamy yogurt-based sauce packs a tangy punch and is made with refreshing ingredients like cucumber, dill, and garlic, which bring a whole new level of flavor to any dish. Whether you’re dipping your veggies in it (raw and roasted), generously spreading it on a warm wrap or using it as a sauce with grilled meat, tzatziki sauce is the perfect addition to any summer meal.
This Greek yogurt-based sauce is not only delicious, but it also offers a variety of health benefits. One of the main benefits of tzatziki sauce is its probiotic content, which has been linked to improved digestion and a stronger immune system. Additionally, tzatziki sauce is a great low-calorie alternative to mayonnaise or other condiments, making it a healthy option for those looking to lose weight, maintain weight or eat more healthily. Its cool and refreshing taste also makes it the perfect accompaniment to spicy meats and mains.
Why You’ll Love It
Tzatziki sauce has a bit more going on than other dips and sauces. Though it’s made with only a few fresh ingredients, it has an incredibly dynamic flavor that complements just about every kind of food from vegetables and meat to bread, crackers and even soups! Next time you have a bowl of soup, which might not be fore a while because it’s July, throw a dollop of tzatziki sauce in and I’ll be damned if time doesn’t momentarily stop.
But beyond flavor, the ingredient list of tzatziki is packed with vitamins and minerals, including calcium, potassium, and vitamin C. So, it’s a savory sauce and a delicious addition to almost any dish, while also boasting tons of health benefits.
Nutritious and healthy
Versatile and Customizable
Quick, Easy and Convenient
Recipe Cost Breakdown
½ cup grated cucumber, excess liquid squeezed out: $1.26
1 cup plain Greek yogurt: $1.72
2 tbsp lemon juice: $0.14
1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped: $2.50
3 tbsp fresh mint, chopped: $4.02
2 clove garlic, minced: $0.12
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil: $0.99
Total cost: $10.75
What You’ll Need
|½ cup grated cucumber, excess liquid squeezed out|
|1 cup plain Greek yogurt|
|2 tbsp organic lemon juice, plus zest|
|1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped|
|3 tbsp fresh mint, chopped|
|2 clove garlic, minced|
|1 ¼ tbsp sea salt|
|¼ cup extra virgin olive oil|