Tzatziki sauce is a cool, refreshing yogurt sauce. It’s an easy, tasty way to add something fermented to a meal. It goes well with anything Greek or Middle Eastern in flavor, but you could also put it on burgers, use it as a dip with fresh vegetables, or even use it as a salad dressing.
Using regular yogurt will yield a thinner sauce, Greek yogurt will give you a thicker consistency. You can turn regular yogurt into Greek yogurt if you place it in a cheesecloth-lined strainer and let the whey drip out for a couple of hours. This reduces the volume of the regular yogurt so you will have to start with more than a cup in order to get one cup of strained yogurt for this recipe. Save the whey that drips out and use it in making fermented salsa, or put it into smoothies to add protein and probiotics.
- 1 cup full fat plain yogurt or full fat Greek yogurt (such as Fage Total)
- ½ cup fresh cucumber seeded and diced
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp fresh oregano or ½ tsp dried
- 1 tsp fresh mint or ½ tsp dried
- 1 clove fresh garlic, pressed or finely minced
- Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl.
- Taste for salt and add more if desired.
- Cover and refrigerate a few hours to allow the flavors to blend.