Super Simple Tzatziki

Tzatziki sauce, or Greek cucumber yogurt sauce, is one of my favorite things on Earth. I used to love getting chicken souvlaki or lamb gyros on pita and dousing them in the sauce when I was a kid, having no idea it was not only completely delicious, but healthy, too.

Even though I had an idea that it was simple to make, until a few weeks ago, I’d never tried it at home. It was a delicacy I only had out at restaurants, particularly at Zatinya in DC (one of my favorite restaurants). Since I started eating meat again, I’m always looking for something delicious, easy, and healthy to take simply cooked chicken up a notch.

Finished Sauce

After trying this sauce out three weeks ago, I’ve made it FOUR different times since then, which is a lot for me because I don’t usually repeat things! But, this takes about 2 minutes to make, is delicious, and helps get dinner on the table in 20 minutes or less.

Super Simple Tzatziki

    • Entire recipe yields 2 servings with 1 pt+ each
    • Total Time: 2 minutes

Ingredients:

Ingredients

    • 2/3 cup nonfat greek yogurt
    • 1/2 large cucumber, deseeded
    • 1-2 cloves garlic, to taste
    • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Directions:

First, roughly chop the cucumber and garlic.

Chopped

If you don’t love garlic, I would recommend mincing it at this point, but I like having small chunks of garlic in the sauce so I didn’t do that.

Next, add the garlic and the cucumber to a mini food processor.

Ready to Process

Pulse it for about 30 seconds, until the cucumbers and garlic are to your desired size.

Processed

Empty the contents of the processor into a bowl.

Chopped Cucs

Add in the yogurt, and stir it up.

Mixed Up

Season with salt and pepper, and taste it to make sure it’s seasoned to your liking.

Finished Sauce

That’s it!

I served mine with some simply baked chicken. I found this seasoning at Trader Joe’s that I am obsessed with lately:

EverydaySeasoning

I cooked chicken breast tenderloins at 350º for 20 minutes, flipping half way through, and then served it along sized a (microwaved) sweet potato and some green beans.

Dinner

Everything goes well doused in the sauce, and you get a really big amount for just 1 PointPlus!

What’s your favorite sauce to use, either homemade or store-bought, to take things up a notch?

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21 Comments on Super Simple Tzatziki

  1. Lauren
    March 8, 2012 at 9:00 am (5 years ago)

    I love TJ’s Tzatiki sauce but I have made my own before a few times. Such a great sauce on so many things.

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  2. Jennifer
    March 8, 2012 at 9:20 am (5 years ago)

    I’m obsessed with Mama Pea’s Mmmm Sauce. I make it almost every week. I love tzatiki sauce, too. Heck, I just love sauces.

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  3. Helene
    March 8, 2012 at 9:38 am (5 years ago)

    My trick to keep it from getting watery too fast is to thinly slice my cucumbers and spread them on a paper towel and sprinkle with salt. The salt plus the paper will soak up a lot of excess water. Then slice them into strips and mix in with yogurt, garlic, lots of dill, pepper, and a bit of lemon juice. It is a party staple at my house and a dinner topper.

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  4. Erin
    March 8, 2012 at 10:26 am (5 years ago)

    I am addicted to Tzatiki – and agree with the TJ’s Tzatiki being the best…For my recipe I add FF Sour Cream and the lemon juice and there is a greek seasoning in a yellow bottle (Cavender’s) – add a tablespoon and it is great! You are also fortunate in that you live in the D.C. area – Moby Dick House of Kabob has the best Tzatiki!!! I miss that more than anything and make certain when I come home to eat there at least 2x a visit!

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  5. Coby
    March 8, 2012 at 10:28 am (5 years ago)

    That sounds so easy and delicious! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  6. Liz
    March 8, 2012 at 10:54 am (5 years ago)

    I normally HATE cuces, UNLESS I’m eating tzatiki sauce, weird, right? And I love TJ’s seasonings, so yummy.

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  7. Sara
    March 8, 2012 at 11:09 am (5 years ago)

    Totally stealing this meal idea!

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  8. Heather
    March 8, 2012 at 11:40 am (5 years ago)

    Wow, can’t get more simple than that! Gonna have to try, looks delicious!

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  9. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    March 8, 2012 at 11:46 am (5 years ago)

    Ugh- I need to go to Zatinya!! I tend to almost always go to Teaism when I’m in DC (which isn’t that often) because it’s so darn good. I’m assuming that Mike Isabella isn’t there anymore since he opened his own place…
    Unrelated to this, but speaking of DC- Nats tix went on sale today! I’m stoked- I got some for the pre-season game against the Sox in April. Have you been to a game there? Yay for baseball season!

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  10. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    March 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm (5 years ago)

    Yum, I love garlicky sauces like that! I put Sriracha pretty much on everything- the obsession is starting to get out of control. 🙂

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  11. Jenny
    March 8, 2012 at 5:11 pm (5 years ago)

    I’m allergic to cucumber, so I can’t have that. 🙁 But I love to add salsa to most everything. Seriously salsa makes everything better (except, say, Italian food lol)

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  12. Brenda
    March 8, 2012 at 8:44 pm (5 years ago)

    Thanks for posting all these recipes, they are wonderful!!
    Do you have a printable version of this recipe?

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  13. Hilary
    March 8, 2012 at 10:42 pm (5 years ago)

    I’m a salsa fanatic…and there’s a store bought but fairly healthy tzatziki I love,but yours looks pretty tasty!

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  14. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    March 9, 2012 at 8:38 am (5 years ago)

    I’m not a tzatziki fan but the Mr LOVES it so I’ll be making that!

    My favorite sauces are store bought- Trader Joe’s Enchilada Sauce and Trader Ming’s General Tsao’s Sauce. Yum!

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  15. Erika
    March 9, 2012 at 9:52 am (5 years ago)

    I looove peanut sauce.
    My husband and I are HUGE greek food lovers, and love tzatziki sauce so I will absolutely try this! Love that it calls for greek yogurt, always have that in the fridge. I may try it this upcoming week!

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  16. Mavis
    March 9, 2012 at 10:07 am (5 years ago)

    Tzatziki has always been one of my favorites too, but I’ve never made it myself before. I can see a homemade gyro in my future …. 🙂

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  17. Corrie Anne
    March 11, 2012 at 12:22 am (5 years ago)

    I love that sauce with pita. Mmm… I’m also hummus & bbq sauce crazy!

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  18. Danielle
    March 11, 2012 at 6:28 pm (5 years ago)

    Yum can’t wait to try this recipe out.. I love the tzatziki sauce at Cava in Bethesda and have been needing to replicate it!

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