Gettin' Freaky With Tzatziki: This Easy Recipe Will Be Your New BFF by Chef Gigi Gaggero

Gettin' Freaky With Tzatziki: This Easy Recipe Will Be Your New BFF

Tzatziki (taet-zeek-key) is a sauce or dip made with a combination of cucumber, fresh yogurt, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice or vinegar and fresh herbs. It’s so delicious and refreshing! Use it on everything – from a dip for raw vegetables or pita bread to a salad dressing or side for grilled meat.

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 large seedless cucumber, unpeeled, grated and set to drain (or rush the process by tossing in 1/2 teaspoon salt)
  • 1 1/2 cups plain full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Squeeze excess liquid from cucumber and wash off salt residue. Squeeze dry using a clean kitchen towel.
  2. Add prepared cucumber to a small bowl and combine with the yogurt, garlic, oil, lemon juice, salt and white pepper. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or as long as you can.
  3. Remove from refrigerator and add chopped fresh dill to the mixture. Stir to combine. Check and adjust seasoning. 
Donna John
Love tzatziki, Chef Gigi Gaggero . Love it on grilled chicken or as a dip with grilled shrimp, and of course pita chips.
Meredith Schneider
YUM Chef Gigi Gaggero ! Gonna get freaky with your Tzatziki this weekend! Gonna put it on everything. Mmmmmmm!

join discussion

Please login to comment.

recommended tips

Deviled Eggs With a Twist: 3 Creative Ways to Spice Up Those Eggs!

How to Make a Healthy Raw Nut Pate (You'll Go Nuts for It)!

Got 30 seconds? Sign up for 30Seconds.com and get the best of our tips each week!