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How to Make Tzatziki

Although tzatiki is traditionally a Greek appetizer and sauce, it is very versatile and can compliment a variety of foods, and can even be used as a topping for burgers and sandwiches.


  • Step 1: Line a sieve and drain yogurt Line one sieve with cheesecloth and place the sieve over a bowl. Then spoon the yogurt into the sieve and set it over a bowl in the refrigerator for three to four hours to drain.
  • Step 2: Grate and drain cucumber Grate the cucumber and add 1 tablespoon of the kosher salt. Then place it in the other sieve and place the sieve over another bowl. Set it in the refrigerator to drain.
  • Step 3: Combine yogurt and cucumber Transfer the yogurt to a bowl. Squeeze all of the liquid from the cucumber and add it to the yogurt.
  • Step 4: Add seasonings Mix in the sour cream, vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, dill, pepper, and the remaining salt.
  • TIP: Some recipes add 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint.
  • Step 5: Serve Serve the tzatziki cold or at room temperature. You can use it as a sauce for gyros, as an appetizer dip with pita bread, or as a side dish with a meal.
  • FACT: The original Olympic games were held at Olympia in honor of the Greek god Zeus in 776 BCE.

You Will Need

  • 1 pt. plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1-1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 1 tbsp. vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1-1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1-1/2 tsp. minced fresh dill
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  • Equipment:
  • Cheesecloth
  • 2 sieves
  • 2 tbsp. fresh mint (optional)

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