Tzatziki sauce is everywhere in Greek restaurants. It so simple to make and tastes great on everything from meat and fish to crackers and pita chips, it is a sauce every cook needs in his or her arsenal. This is so far the best version I have made at home, I really have to say all the fresh herbs made it outstanding. The tangy cream of the Greek yogurt does the most wonderful things to the herbs and garlic; I could eat a bowl of this with a bag of pita chips and die happy.
Fresh Herb Tzatziki Sauce
- 1 small cucumber with seeds removed and peeled
- 1 tbs fresh mint diced
- 1 tbs fresh dill diced
- 1 tbs fresh parsley diced
- Zest and juice of half a lemon
- 1 clove of garlic micro planed
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
Start by grating the peeled and seeded cucumber (if you buy an English cucumber you don’t need to seed it) then wring out the grated cucumber getting out as much liquid as you can. I just squeeze it in handfuls over the sink, but you can also use cheese cloth to help with this process. Mix the cucumber together with the fresh herbs and yogurt. Give it a taste and add salt and pepper as needed. The sauce can be made ahead of time and kept for a day or so in the refrigerator.
Use with any traditional Greek meat dish as the perfect condiment. I use Tzatziki sauce on everything from grilled meats to seafood its rich flavor is especially nice with shrimp or salmon. The tzatziki is also a great dip for pita chips if you want a change from the same old chips and salsa.
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