AUTHENTIC GREEK TZATZIKI

yield:  2 CUPS

prep time:  10 MINUTES

total time:  10 MINUTES

You may be wondering, “What is Tzatziki sauce?” This is a classic Greek appetizer (or “meze”) made from thick strained yogurt, cucumber, garlic, olive oil, and fresh dill. it accompanies a cheese and cracker plate loaded with veggies nicely, is the perfect dip for warm pita, and we love slathering it over grilled chicken, red onion, tomatoes, and feta for an absolutely delicious easy lunch or dinner wrap. 

I used to have this as a treat growing up, greek food is a fave of mine and now my whole family enjoys it to! 

It’s super simple to make and a hit at any get-together!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 of a large cucumber, unpeeled
  • 1 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt ( I like full fat ) 
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped parsley

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Grate the cucumber and drain through a fine mesh sieve overnight in the fridge ( we cheat and squeeze in a few rounds of paper towels if we don’t have the overnight option or forget) 
  2. Combine the yogurt, garlic, oil, parsley, dill and cucumber and salt in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Transfer the grated cucumber and fresh dill to the yogurt mixture and stir to combine. Serve chilled with pita bread for dipping.

BEST TIPS FOR MAKING TZATZIKI SAUCE

  • Make sure your grated cucumber is well-drained. If you have time, you can drain it in cheesecloth or a fine mesh sieve overnight. I prefer the sieve as you can use it over and over.  
  • If you’re in a rush, you can use your hands to squeeze the liquid out of the cucumber with some paper towels.
  • The longer the garlic rests in the yogurt, the less sharp bite it will have and the better it will taste.
  • For  best results, combine all of the ingredients and mix up a day before so all the flavors come together.

G R E E K 

C H I C K E N 

W R A P

  • grill or oven bake chicken breast let sit and slice.
  • warm a pita with a drizzle of olive oil in a pan on medium high heat about 1.5-2 min per side
  • top the warm pita with chicken, diced tomato, sliced red onion, extra chopped parsley or dill to your liking, a good portion of tzatziki saucea sprinkle of feta.  * Aaron and I also like adding banana peppers or jalapeños for an extra kick if you like spicy.
  • I like to wrap it in a foil wrap food truck style to hold it all together and keep it warm, roll down the foil as you eat and you will not be disappointed with how scrumptious they are, guaranteed to have the whole family asking for it as a repeat.

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