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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 12
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 24.8
  • Total Fat: 0.0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 596.0 mg
  • Total Carbs: 2.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.2 g
  • Protein: 3.5 g

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Nancy's Easy Tzatziki (Greek Yogurt Sauce to Die For!)

Submitted by: KEEPITMOVING
Nancy's Easy Tzatziki (Greek Yogurt Sauce to Die For!)

Introduction

I fell in love with tzatziki the first time I tried it and was on a quest to find the recipe that included those ingredients that pleased my particular palate best. This recipe is low-fat, high-protein, nutritious, smooth, Mediterranean, refreshing, light, and hopefully the best you've ever had! I fell in love with tzatziki the first time I tried it and was on a quest to find the recipe that included those ingredients that pleased my particular palate best. This recipe is low-fat, high-protein, nutritious, smooth, Mediterranean, refreshing, light, and hopefully the best you've ever had!
Number of Servings: 12

Ingredients

    2 cups. Non-Fat, Plain, Greek Yogurt or plain yogurt (strain per instructions below if plain yogurt is NOT Greek)
    1 large Hothouse or English Cucumber (or 2 medium cukes)
    1 tbs. and 1/2 tsp. (Kosher) Salt
    Pinch (1/4 tsp.) Fresh Ground Black Pepper
    2 tsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    1 tsp. White Wine Vinegar
    2 ounces (tbs.) Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice (reconstituted is OK in a pinch)
    2 Garlic Cloves, Finely Minced
    2 tsp. Minced Fresh Dill Weed (no stalks)
    2 tsp. Minced Fresh Mint Leaves (optional and Instead of Dill)

Tips

Two things to remember are to strain any plain yogurt that is NOT Greek yogurt (see info below) and to soak the cukes, so a lot of the water is removed to avoid the sauce becoming too runny and thin. Be creative with it! I use it on a hot baked potato, as a dip for fresh veggies instead of that ol', tired, onion soup and sour cream staple, as a salad dressing, or as a sauce to add protein and great flavor to any complex carb.


Directions

If you don't have Greek yogurt, strain plain yogurt by placing it in a cheesecloth or paper towel-lined strainer, set it over a bowl, and refrigerate it for at least one hour, so the liquid drains out.

Peel cucumber(s). Cut in half lengthwise. If not English/hothouse, use a small spoon to scrape out and discard seeds. Grate the cukes, toss with 1 tbsp. Kosher salt, put it in a strainer, set it over a bowl, and refrigerate for at least one hour, so a lot of the cukes' water drains out.

Put yogurt in a large bowl. Squeeze as much liquid from the cukes as you can; pat dry lightly in a couple of pieces of paper towel to remove more liquid; add it to a small bowl and wisk in vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, dill (or mint), 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt, and pepper. Mix together well. Add to yogurt. Mix well. This can be served immediately; however, it is traditionally served after having chilled well and allowing a few hours for the flavors to blend. Dip in or stuff veggies, use chips, pita bread, be creative and enjoy! Serves about 12 (2 tbsp. per serving).






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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    you've done it again ! HOW can i have only one portion of this scrumptious recipe? over a jacket potato it made a meal fit for a queen...in fact i bet the QUEEN didn't have a lunch even half as good as this! i added small cubes of feta cheese...MMM! - 11/5/09

    Reply from KEEPITMOVING (11/5/09)
    U ROCK MY SPARKWORLD! Thank you for your kind and honest assessment. Nancy


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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Fabulous! This recipe is better tasting than some tzatziki sauce I have had in Greek restaurants! I have made this several times with grilled chicken breast, pita bread, lettuce and tomatoes. The perfect chicken gyro! - 3/25/11

    Reply from KEEPITMOVING (12/2/11)
    so glad you think so. it took a bit of trial and error, but i sure love it and put it on just about anything to change things up and keep them interesting. THANKS!


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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This is almost as authentic as it gets. Having lived in Athens for 4 years I miss the good stuff and make it myself at least every spring. The only difference I see is in Greece they didn't have non-fat yogurt. Most American "Greek" restaurants- use sour cream and it just isn't the same. So good. - 12/26/12

    Reply from KEEPITMOVING (12/26/12)
    wow! u just made my sparkday! thanks for your kind words. it means a lot to me when someone who knows Greek food well says my recipe is good! enjoy! nancy


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  • 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I haven't tried this recipe but I've made lots of tzatziki. I don't know why you'd soak the cukes. I don't think that would work. I grate/chop them, then put them in several layers of cheesecloth. Pull up the four corners, twist them, then over the sink, squeeze HARD to wring out the water. - 12/26/12

    Reply from KEEPITMOVING (12/26/12)
    i don't soak the cukes in water, I soak them with salt, then strain them, squeeze them, pat them dry, and then have at it! it's easy, especially for someone like you, who's a tzatziki guru! please let me know what you think! thanks, nancy


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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    FANTASTIC!! This will be a new staple in our home!! Thanks for sharing! - 10/5/12

    Reply from KEEPITMOVING (10/9/12)
    i LUV it when one of my own recipes becomes somebody else's STAPLE!!!! how flattering! thanks so much for trying and commenting. HERE'S TO YOUR BEST HEALTH!!!! nancy


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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    excellent- made with lean turkey feta burgers! - 7/18/12

    Reply from KEEPITMOVING (10/9/12)
    gotta luv that combo! ENJOY! n


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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    it does say SOAK the cukes perhaps you can change that because I also wondered how to soak a cuke. Never done this before so I would have really messed up. - 12/26/12

    Reply from KEEPITMOVING (12/26/12)
    i'll check with the sparkfolk about how to change it. until it's changed, it's soak with salt after slicing and before setting and squeezing, not soak in water. my apologies for any confusion. nancy


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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This was so easy to make and very tasty!! - 12/26/12

    Reply from KEEPITMOVING (12/26/12)
    thanks so much! keep your comments coming! enjoy! nancy


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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I didn't change a thing and it was incredible!!! - 12/26/12

    Reply from KEEPITMOVING (12/26/12)
    wooohooooo! enjoy this incredibly delicious, extraordinarily healthy sauce on anything that tickles your fancy! thanks for your feedback. nancy


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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Fantastic Greek Tzatziki. Just like my recipe, with one slight exception. I don't add vinegar (as I'm not a fan). Tzatziki can be enjoyed as a dip. sauce &/or spread. On a baked potato, steak or burger even veggies. Great recipe. Are you by any chance greek? - 12/26/12

    Reply from KEEPITMOVING (12/26/12)
    no, i'm not greek, but i'm a total fanatic for greek food. so glad you enjoyed this creation! tweak it and make it your own! happy, healthy, merry! nancy


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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Made this today for Baked Potato - Mmmmmm ! - 12/26/12

    Reply from KEEPITMOVING (12/26/12)
    rock it and do it up!!!!


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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    It goes with everything! - 4/25/13

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    wow! i've never seen a recipe get such good reviews! I'll have to give this a try... sounds like the perfect topper for some salmon burgers that I like to make... maybe a nice meal this weekend for my and the BF... - 12/27/12

    Reply from KEEPITMOVING (12/27/12)
    i'm very flattered that this recipe has received rave reviews and such positive feedback. i'm pleased that the SparkersInCharge have deemed it worthy of "recipe of the day" status. please give it a try and let me know how u and BF like it. tweak it and make it your own! my best, nancy


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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    If you are choosing non fat yoghurt please be aware that unless it is 2% fat or greater you are not absorbing the calcium. - 12/27/12

    Reply from KEEPITMOVING (12/27/12)
    never heard non- or low-fat dairy products cause reduction in calcium absorption, but did hear:

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/502865
    -how-to-make-the-body-absorb-calcium-b
    etter/
    and
    http://www.livestrong.com/article/253106
    -list-of-foods-that-help-the-body-abso
    rb-calcium/

    reply please?


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  • Incredible!
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    The recipe seems easy enough, I am going to halve it, however. The plan is to serve this with Al Frecso Spinach & Feta Chicken Sausage (that I will slice to imitate the look of a real Gyro), warm pita and a greek salad on the side. I'll let y'all know how it turns out.
    ETA: I loved it! - 10/7/12

    Reply from KEEPITMOVING (10/9/12)
    good job! nothing like those cool, refreshing, blended tastes, right? thanks for trying and loving it! nancy


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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Amazing flavors! - 4/2/12

    Reply from KEEPITMOVING (10/9/12)
    awesome! a thousand thanks for trying it and commenting. i sincerely appreciate your feedback and input. n


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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I used white pepper and chunked cukes refrigerated overnight, subbed rice wine vinegar and dried dill, added a handful of diced parsley tops-- Everyone loved this sauce! This is becoming a new household staple. A truly delicious and exciting tzatziki-- best ever! A ton of flavor for a small cost! - 4/1/12

    Reply from KEEPITMOVING (10/9/12)
    that's the BEST news i've had all day! let's spark this place up, right???? enjoy! n


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  • This was great - far better than the store bought! - 6/29/14

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  • Followed recipe exactly, and it was delicious! Mostly made it for hubby who adores tzatziki, but me & all three kids (who tried it for the first time ever) loved it! We ate it with baked falafel and lettuce salad. Definitely make ahead so flavors can "come together" in the fridge. Thank you! - 6/12/14

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  • This is awesome. I make my own yogurt with goats milk then have a yogurt cheese maker (strainer) This recipe is EXACTLY what I need. My daughter eats it as fast as I can make it! Try it with some lamb kabobs and a greek salad. ooopa. ;) - 9/2/13

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  • This is excellent!! Now making this my go-to recipe for tzatziki! Thank you for sharing! :3 - 4/28/13

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  • I like my tzatziki a little less sour so next time I will omit the white wine vinegar and just stick with the fresh lemon juice and dill. My family added feta cheese to theirs and enjoyed it very much over baked falafel and salad. Thank you! - 4/17/13

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  • REMEMBER: strain cucumber first
    THEN: mix together dressing
    THEN: add to yogurt - 3/23/13

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  • I cut the recipe in half, reduced the amount of salt on the cucumber, and didn't peel it (I like the skin, it has more nutrients, and it adds nice color!). I had previously made a tzatziki sauce from a recipe I found on another website, and my husband thinks this one is 100 times better! Thank you! - 2/18/13

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  • Can't rate it yet, can't wait to try it, but the recipe says 120 min to "cook". I think you meant "cool" ? - 1/2/13

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