We made traditional Greek cucumber, yogurt sauce made dairy-free. Try our dairy-free tzatziki sauce with all of the original flavors! Enjoy this on your pita, Souvlaki, and even a crudité.
What is Tzatziki Sauce?
The tzatziki sauce is a cucumber, garlic, dill, and yogurt-based sauce. It originated in the Ottoman Empire but is widely used in Greek cuisine. There are so many variations you can make with this sauce. For today we are going to use 6 simple ingredients to create a vegan and dairy-free version. Your taste bud will be in utter shock by the flavors it produced in such a simple dip.
Cucumbers are the most adaptable vegetable. They are crunchy and full of water, great for hydration. It is low in calories and has many vitamins and minerals like vitamin k, manganese, and many more. Cucumbers are refreshing and easy to incorporate into any dish, as a snack, or even skincare.
Garlic is a vegetable known to combat sickness and the common cold for centuries. Reason being that it contains compounds with strong remedial properties. It has been shown to help reduce high blood pressure and hypertension as well as improving your cholesterol levels. Garlic is so delicious and easy to use in many sauces and dishes.
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Dill is better known as a herb and this spice is a slender stem with soft leaves. We typically use dill to elevate the flavor of soups, sauces, and many other dishes. Some of the health benefits of dill are the vitamins and minerals it provides. It contains vitamin C, manganese, and iron as well as rich in antioxidants. You would be surprised how a little fresh dill can elevate your dish and be so nutritious.
Lemons are high in vitamin C and have helped reduce heart disease, anemia, and digestive issue. Having freshly squeezed lemon juice by hand will have no preservatives, less time to oxidize, and be brighter in flavor. Even before juicing the lemon, you can zest the skin and freeze them for up to 3 months. It is great for baked goods to give added brightness.
Try Tzatziki Sauce With These Recipes:
- Soft Nut Tortillas
- Dry-Aged Beef Rib Roast
They also make a great dipping sauce for crudités too!
Total Break Down of Recipe Cost ~ $9.44 / $0.59 per 1oz/2 Tbsp
How To Make Tzatziki Sauce
Servings: 2 Cups | Course: Sauces | Cuisine: Greek
- 1 Whole Cucumber (grated 1 Cup, ½ Cup after drained)
- 1 ½ Cups Greek Yogurt (plant-based or dairy-free of choice)
- 3 Cloves Garlic (peeled, minced or pressed)
- ¼ Cup Fresh Dill (1 bunch, finely chopped)
- 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice (whole lemon)
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper (to taste)
Prep: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes
Time needed: 15 minutes.
- Using a grater on the medium size, grate the cucumber with the skin on. (About 1 cups) Add the grated cucumber to a fine-mesh strainer and squeeze out extra moisture. (You can also squeeze this through a cheesecloth). This should make the cucumber about ½ cup.
- Add your yogurt into a medium mixing bowl. Then add the strained cucumber, minced garlic, dill, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and olive oil. Stir to combine.
- Taste and season to the desired flavor.