Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki is a cold sauce made with yogurt, cucumbers, dill, and a few other things. It’s so thick that it’s almost a salad. It’s used in a wide range of Greek dishes, and is the standard sauce on a gyros sandwich. Calling it Greek mayonnaise is not too far wrong. It’s easy to assemble, but it needs to sit in the refrigerator for the flavors to come together–at least a few hours, preferably a day.

  • 1 small cucumber
  • 4 cloves garlic, pureed
  • 8 oz plain yogurt
  • 1 Tbs. fresh dill (or 2 tsp, dried dill)
  • 1 Tbs. tarragon vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. white pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil


1. Peel the cucumber and cut in half from end to end. With a spoon, scrape out all the seeds from the center and discard. Shred the remaining cucumber by hand on a grater.

2. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, and whisk until the mixture noticeably thickens. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours or a day.

Makes about two cups.

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