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Gitanjali Roche

Tzatziki recipes - 7 recipes

By Gitanjali Roche

The recipe for tzatziki is so simple that once you've made it, you'll be able to do it a thousand times in your sleep. Tzatziki is a Greek dish, and its traditional use is as a side to eat your veggies with or a condiment to dip your bread in. But you can also think about tzatziki as a spread for sandwiches or wraps, or to top off blinis with smoked salmon for an original appetizer. The secret to making authentic tzatziki is to make sure to drizzle extra virgin olive oil on top, and to not be afraid of adding lots of fresh garlic! Be sure to use Greek yogurt when making tzatziki, because other types of yogurt can be too watery or runny. The final result should be a thick, luscious dip, highlighted by thin slivers of cucumber and tiny pieces of crushed garlic. A golden river of olive oil provides beautiful contrast to the creamy white yogurt. My favorite way to eat tzatziki is on its own, with some crusty bread to dunk in it, an icy glass of ouzo and a couple of green olives and grilled sardines. And preferably eaten somewhere on a Greek beach, in the afternoon summer sun. But that's not a requirement!

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Top rated Tzatziki recipes


This is a healthy wrap that is very filling

  • 8 tortillas
  • 2 cups romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • Falafel
  • Tzatziki
  • Hot sauce
  • 2 cups chickpeas, drained and washed
  • 1 cup split yellow peas
  • 5 jalapenos, diced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 pitas, stale or breadcrumbs
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp coriander
4.3/5 (11 Votes)


Here is a great recipe for greek pizza, if you have leftovers from a salad, super healthy!

  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 (6-inch) whole wheat pita breads (100 calories each)
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion, halved and sliced thin
  • 12 pitted kalamata olives, halved
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup hummus
  • 1/2 part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 4 Tbsp (1 oz) crumbled feta cheese
  • Tzatziki
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp English cucumber, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper, to taste
4/5 (38 Votes)


Finely grate the cucumber with the skin and let drain for 1 h

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 package Greek yogurt
  • 1 lime
  • salt and pepper
  • mint
  • 2 cloves of garlic
4.2/5 (11 Votes)

Put yogurt in a bowl Put garlic through a press and using the edge of a knife, spread garlic on yogurt

  • 16 ounces natural, full dairy yogurt
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cucumber
4/5 (5 Votes)


Preheat oven to 400. Process onion in a food processor until very, very fine

  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped roughly
  • 2 lbs. ground lamb
  • 10 clovesVampires Cure Garlic, or 7 cloves fresh garlic, finely minced
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Tzatziki Sauce
  • Ingredients
  • 1 english cucumber
  • 1 pint whole fat plain greek yogurt
  • 3 garlic cloves (finely grated or minced)
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • generous pinch sea salt
  • black pepper to taste
3/5 (267 Votes)


traditional draining of yogurt-Let the yogurt drain on the counter for 2 hours, or until it reaches the thickness y...

  • 3 cups Greek Yogurt (or regular plain yogurt, strained as described above)
  • juice of one lemon (about 3 T)
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 2 medium cucumbers, seeded and diced
  • about 1 T kosher salt for salting cucumbers
  • 1 T finely chopped fresh dill (can substitute mint leaves for a slightly different version)
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
1.2/5 (48 Votes)


Thinly peel some skin from cucumber

  • 1 lg. English cucumber
  • 1 qt. yogurt
  • 2 med. garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. minced dill
0/5 (0 Votes)

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