Easy Cucumber Tzatziki Sauce
It’s a dip, it’s a spread, it’s a sauce….it’s versatility is unlimited! This super easy Cucumber Tzatziki Sauce is light and refreshing, the perfect addition to a number of meal ideas. A fantastically flavorful sauce that you’ll make every week!
When I worked in the corporate world, I had a handful of favorite places to grab a quick lunch. My favorite Chinese place, a great burger joint (with ultra thick milkshakes), the secret coffee shop. But my number one go-to was a little greek joint just down the street run by a husband/wife team that would put the soup nazi to shame. They were old school….no frills and all business. Know what you want when you get to the counter and don’t dilly dally. The line was always out the door unless you got there super early and their gyros were seriously on point. What put them over the top (besides that perfectly seasoned lamb thingy they shaved their meat from) was their freshly made, totally garlic-y Cucumber Tzatziki Sauce.
After I left the working world, I craved their menu like a pregnant woman craves her pickles. I decided to venture out to satisfy my gyro hankering only to find that they had closed. Unceremoniously, they locked their doors and packed up to go….hopefully somewhere amazing to retire. I was sad and disappointed…..and decided to try my hand at a few greek specialties myself. This easy Cucumber Tzatziki Sauce was the first thing I made and it’s exactly how I remember their version being. Rich, creamy but still light and refreshing. I like to whip up a batch to keep on hand for dipping carrots and celery to snack. It’s also a great sandwich spread or burger topping. The options are limitless with this sauce/dip/sandwich spread, really.
And it couldn’t be easier to make….fresh cucumber is grated then squeezed dry before mixing with plain greek yogurt, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, sour cream, olive oil, dill and garlic. I know a lot of my greek friends don’t add olive oil OR sour cream but this was something I recall in the George’s Greek Grill version. Always drizzled with a bit of olive oil and a kalamata olive before serving.
This Easy Cucumber Tzatziki Sauce would be fabulous served on a mezze platter with a bowl full over my favorite homemade hummus. Or serve it as a dip for these Grilled Lamb Chops! Perfect for parties all year round, it’s definitely a hit with everyone that dips into it!
Easy Cucumber Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
- 1/2 large English cucumber, unpeeled
- 1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon fresh minced dill
- zest and juice of one lemon
- Grate the cucumber using the large holes of a box grated and place in a fine mesh sieve. Allow the cucumber to sit in the sieve for 30 minutes, pressing down on the cucumber with a paper towel to release some of the water.
- Combine the yogurt, sour cream, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, dill, lemon zest and juice in a medium bowl.
- Fold in the drained cucumber and refrigerate for 1 hour covered with plastic wrap.
- Serve immediately, drizzled with olive oil, if desired. Or transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Stir before serving.
Sauce can be made up to 3 days in advance.