Why did I make my own tzatziki recipe?
I only discovered tzatziki a few years ago when I visited Corfu. The people of Corfu are very proud of their Greek heritage and like to educate tourists on Greek culture as much as possible. Food is a big part of Greek life. We were spoiled for choice both in the hotel and the local village. Tzatziki was a dish that I had never had before but in Corfu, it was served with EVERYTHING, why? Well, because it goes with everything, and so my tzatziki love affair began.
When I arrived back in the UK one of the first things I did was head off to the supermarket in search of tzatziki. Another holiday maker had assured me would be in every supermarket, they were not wrong. As I dipped my peppers into the white creamy dip I quickly realised this was not good Tzatziki. The yogurt was thin, the cucumber was mushy and the herbs were non existent. It was edible but it was a let down. So ever since I’ve been making my own tzatziki recipe whenever possible. P.S. Don’t forget to subscribe and follow me on socials so that you never miss any of my healthy recipes for weight loss.
Why is tzatziki healthy?
Tzatziki, with its simple yet flavourful ingredients, offers a healthy choice for various reasons. Greek yogurt, a key component, provides a good source of protein, probiotics, and calcium, promoting gut health and bone strength. Cucumber adds a refreshing crunch and contributes hydration, while also being low in calories. Fresh dill and mint not only enhance the taste but also bring potential health benefits, as they contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. The use of garlic introduces both flavour and potential immune-boosting properties. Additionally, this tzatziki recipe avoids heavy creams or mayonnaise, making it a lighter alternative with reduced saturated fats. Overall, this homemade tzatziki is a nutritious and delicious addition to meals or snacks.
Do you have a diet restriction?
This recipe is suitable for the following diets:
- Gluten Free
- Low GI
- Nut Free
I think my most important tip for this tzatziki recipe is to use fresh ingredients. Fresh yogurt, fresh crunchy cucumber but especially fresh herbs. Fresh herbs are much more fragrant than dried herbs and their flavours will flow beautifully throughout the yogurt. Traditionally, tzatziki would be made with full fat yogurt, for this recipe I swap to fat free to keep the recipe diet friendly. You can also sub Greek yogurt for natural or even home made yogurt if you would like a cleaner eating experience. My last Tzatziki tip is to store it in the yogurt pot. Most UK brands do 500g pots of yogurt which equates to 2 cups. You can either double this recipe to use the entire pot of yogurt or you can set half aside and try out one of my skinny muffin recipes, they are to die for!
Step 1: Mix your ingredients
Past this, this recipe barely even needs instructions because its so quick and simple. Measure out your yogurt and put either in a bowl or in the yogurt pot. Chop up your dill and mint leaves to a really fine consistency. You don’t want to be finding any big chunks of leaves or dill stalks. I would also recommend mincing or pureeing your garlic rather than chopping it. Dice the cucumber into chunks around 3mm, chunk size is largely down to preference however I have found this size is small enough to work in a dip but big enough to not turn to mush after a few hours of sitting in yogurt.
Mix all your ingredients together and that’s your dip made, it really is that simple. Your dip will last as long as your yogurt does, this is one of the reasons I find keeping it in the yogurt container really helpful as that will have a use by date.
- Dairy-Free Option: For a dairy-free version, substitute the yogurt with a plant-based alternative like almond or coconut yogurt.
- Herb Infusion: Experiment with additional herbs like cilantro or basil for a unique flavor twist.
- Lemon Zest: Add a hint of citrus by incorporating lemon zest into the mix.
Can I make tzatziki ahead of time?
Absolutely! Tzatziki often tastes even better when allowed to sit for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator, allowing the flavors to meld.
How long can tzatziki be stored?
Stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, tzatziki can typically last up to 3-4 days. Ensure freshness by giving it a stir before serving.
Can I adjust the garlic intensity?
Certainly! Feel free to adjust the garlic quantity to suit your taste preferences. Start with less and add more gradually if desired.
What dishes complement tzatziki?
Tzatziki is a versatile condiment that pairs well with various dishes, including gyros, kebabs, grilled meats, falafel, or as a refreshing dip for veggies.
Can I freeze tzatziki?
Freezing is not recommended, as the texture of yogurt-based sauces may change upon thawing. It’s best enjoyed fresh.
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