In case you missed it my middle eastern inspired meal started with hummus and tabbouleh! Now we are ready to make some yummy tzatziki sauce!
Although tzatziki is technically Greek we decided to make the sauce anyways to go with our middle eastern themed dinner. It complimented everything perfectly and didn’t seem out of place in the meal at all. Even our guest who isn’t a cucumber lover enjoyed the sauce!!
Tzatziki is super easy to make. The key part is extracting as much water as possible from the cucumbers so they don’t make the sauce runny or watery.
2-3 cups of nonfat Greek yogurt
1 heaping tablespoons
3 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1/2 lemon juiced
Salt and pepper to taste
Remove the seeds of the cucumber. Use a spoon (or if you are my husband your thumb apparently works) to scrape out seeds. Cut the cucumbers into slices and place them in a colander in the sink. Let them for at least 1/2 and hour.
Tip: Sprinkle a little salt on the cucumbers to help release water.
Roughly chop the dill and garlic
Place dill, garlic, cucumbers, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in the Cuisinart and process. Be careful taking the lid off … it is runny!!
Add the Greek yogurt into the Cuisinart and process for a few second until it’s fully blended. This doesn’t take very long and you don’t want to over process it – so process just until it’s mixed well. Pour the tzatziki into a serving bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to give the flavors a chance to develop.
**We only had 30-45 minutes before dinner so it didn’t sit for the full two hours and it was still DELICIOUS**
Last item to make for the middle eastern themed dinner party is the Greek Yogurt Chicken. Stay tuned!! :)