This healthy recipe for tzatziki sauce is so easy to whip together. All you need are a few simple ingredients and you’re set for a healthy, protein packed dip for your veggies, pita pieces, or a sauce for dinner.
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What is Tzatziki Sauce?
Tzatziki sauce is a Greek cucumber yogurt dip. It’s made with yogurt (regular or Greek), cucumber, garlic, lemon, and dill. Although it’s known for its Greek origins, tzatziki is southeastern Europe and middle eastern sauce. Each region has different twists on the recipe.
What to Serve Tzatziki Sauce With
There are so many uses for tzatziki sauce. Here are a few of my favorites:
- A healthy dip for raw vegetables.
- A sauce for roasted vegetables (I love it with zucchini and cauliflower).
- Dressing for salad or over rice or quinoa.
- A drizzle for greek inspired tacos or pizza.
- Dip for pita bread.
- Make chicken gyros or donairs!
- Top your burgers with it.
You can eat tzatziki with anything. I like to dip chicken in it, crackers, you name it and I’ll find a use for tzatziki with it.
How Long Does Tzatziki Last in the Fridge?
This sauce will last 4 days, covered in the fridge. We ran out on that day as we were serving it with dinner every night.
How to Avoid Runny Tzatziki
If you use regular yogurt, you’ll have a thin sauce. If you use Greek yogurt (like this high protein recipe suggests) you’ll have a thick and creamy sauce.
The next step is to squeeze any excess water out of the cucumber.
You can do this by squeezing the grated cucumber with a paper towel or a tea towel. Keep squeezing until all excess water is gone.
That’s all you need to do to avoid watery tzatziki.
Is Tzatziki Sauce Healthy?
Whether you use it as a sauce or a dip, homemade tzatziki is healthy.
The ingredients are straight forward:
- Greek Yogurt
- Lemon juice and zest
- Red wine vinegar
1/8th of the recipe is only 36 calories, roughly 1/4 cup. It has 5 grams of protein which is incredible for a condiment.
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How to Make Protein Packed Tzatziki Sauce
To make the greek yogurt sauce, you’ll just need a grater (for the cucumber) and a mixing bowl.
After you mix it all together, cover it with beeswax paper or saran wrap, and let it chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
The longer you leave it, the better.
Letting it sit in the fridge helps the flavors meld together. You’ll notice the dip tastes different from the first moment you make it to even just a half hour. The flavours combine and mellow.
Serve it with:
- Easy Lemon Oregano Chicken
- Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
- Mediterranean Salad with Falafel
- Healthy Meatballs with Hidden Veggies
Protein Tzatziki Sauce
- Grate a cucumber and lay it over paper towels to soak up the liquid. Squeeze over the sink or a bowl to get any excess liquid out.
- In a bowl combine all of the ingredients. Stir together and let sit, covered, in the fridge for at least thirty minutes (overnight is best to have the flavors fully meld together). Remove from the fridge, taste and adjust seasonings to your liking.
- Serve with veggies, ripped up pieces of pita, with chicken or lamb, or over rice.