The best sauce to accompany almost all savory dishes is Tzatziki, pronounced as “zat-zee-kee”. It’s a savory yogurt dip with cucumber packed with tons of fresh herbs and typically enjoyed with rice or in wraps. This is one of the first recipes I learned how to make, it’s just that simple!
Fun fact, I used to always make this dip at home from a very young age! My mom would always buy it pre-made from the Persian grocery store because we all loved it so much. I started researching what goes into it and experimenting with the ingredients my mom had at home. It turned out so good that my mom stopped buying it from the store and would instead buy the ingredients and ask me to make it for her to go with her dinner! Here’s how to make it!
How to Make Tzatziki
The process from start to finish literally takes 10 minutes, maybe 15 if you’re taking your precious time! The only chopping required is cucumber and maybe garlic, if you don’t own a masher.
Here are the ingredients you need:
- plain full-fat yogurt
- extra virgin olive oil
- lemon juice
- lemon zest
- black pepper
Just add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix them together. You want to chop the cucumber pretty small and thin so it blends into the yogurt well. The best kind of cucumber to use for this recipe is the smaller Persian one.
For the herbs like parsley, mint, and basil, I prefer to use dried mint and basil but fresh parsley! You can use fresh or dried for either of the three herbs, it all just depends on what you prefer and what you have on hand. If you use fresh mint and basil, make sure to chop it very small and finely.
And that’s it! So simple and so easy. For the best hack, you can mix everything together in the yogurt tub itself and store it like that in the fridge! The fewer dishes, the better!
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The best sauce to accompany almost all savory dishes is Tzatziki, pronounced as "zat" "zee" "kee". It's basically a savory yogurt dip with cucumber and packed with tons of fresh herbs and typically enjoyed with rice or in wraps. This is one of the first recipes I learned how to make, it's just that simple!
- 1 cup plain full-fat yogurt
- 1 small cucumber, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried mint
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- To a bowl, add the yogurt, cucumber, parsley, dried mint, black pepper, garlic, basil, salt, lemon juice, lemon zest, and extra virgin olive oil.
- Mix all together well until smooth and creamy.
- Taste and adjust anything to your liking before enjoying!