Tzatziki

August 18, 2014 by Ali

Did you know that Greek tzatziki sauce is really easy to make homemade? It's perfect as a sauce, or even standing on its own as a tasty dip.

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Random fact about me:

I can accurately pronounce Spanish, Italian, French, German, Latin, and just about any other language if needed.

It’s one of the odd perks that comes from having been an opera major in college. (Perhaps another random fact that you did not know about me.) All vocal music majors are required to take a semester or two of a class called “Diction” where you learn how to pronounce just about any language imaginable with the help of the International Phonetic Alphabet. The IPA doesn’t translate words for you. It just tells you exactly how to pronounce them, which comes in helpful with singing songs and arias in various languages. And nowadays, it comes in handy with learning how to pronounce foreign foodie words.

You know, like the Greek sauce we all love called tzatziki.

IPA: /tsaˈtsiːki/.

Many of you probably already know how to pronounce it. But in case you don’t (which I know many don’t, based on all of the creative pronunciations I hear when people order at our local Greek restaurant), here’s a mini IPA lesson for the day. Similar to the phonetic spellings in English dictionaries, each letter in the IPA alphabet represents a sound:

t = as in “ten”
s = as in “sell”
a = the vowel in “father”
i = the vowel in “beet”
k = as in “keel”

And the quote mark (‘) comes before the syllable that is stressed.

Put them all together, and you have…/tsaˈtsiːki/…tzatziki!

Opa! (Maybe you should become an opera major too.) ;)

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Well at least now if you see an IPA pronunciation listed in the dictionary, you’ll know what that means. Just imagine decoding a 400-page textbook of foreign aria lyrics over the course of a semester… At least those skills can still come in handy every now and then in the kitchen too.

Like when it comes to making and saying tzatziki.

I assume most everyone is familiar with the delicious Greek yogurt sauce that’s famous on gyros, burgers, falafel, salads, and in the dip aisle at Trader Joe’s. And in a new taco recipe coming on the blog tomorrow. Everyone loves tzatziki! But what I think everyone doesn’t necessarily know is how ridiculously easy it is to whip up a batch homemade.

All you need are the ingredients above.

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Basically all you do to make tzatziki is combine all of the ingredients in a bit bowl, and then stir to combine.

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You can either spoon it onto whatever entree you may be making. Or tzatziki sauce also stands well on its own as a tasty dip. I like to drizzle mine with olive oil, crack a little fresh pepper on top, and poke a sprig of dill in the middle to make it look extra pretty. Then just serve it up with whatever dippers you’d like — soft pita, crunchy pita chips, fresh veggie sticks, etc. — and you’re good to go.

Opa! Tzatziki! Enjoy!!!

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Tzatziki

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: About 3 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 cups full-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 large cucumber, seeded and diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill (not dried dill)
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper

Method

Stir all ingredients together until combined. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.

Serve immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 2 days.

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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32 thoughts on “Tzatziki

  1. Great photos and you get the recipe just right! I have seen many tzatziki recipies that miss one ingredient or another but your’s is just right! Try it with fried zuchinies! In Greece they go hand in hand. :)

    - Stella

  2. You were an opera major? Wow #funfact! Your tzatziki looks amazing! I was just eating at a Greek place last weekend and feeling the need to make tzatzki myself. You have clearly done all the heavy lifting for me! It looks amazing! How did you get your cucumber that thin? Did you use the second smallest holes on a box grater?

    - Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

  3. This is one of my favorite dips! Gorgeous! Pinned!

    - Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

  4. Recipe for the bread please??? (A)

    - Cara

    • Oooh, I actually don’t have a recipe for pita yet on the site. There a bunch around if you Google it. I bought mine from our neighborhood market.

      - Ali

  5. I first discovered tzatziki in Berlin as a sauce on doner kabobs. It changed my world. I’ve never made it before, but I may need to start!

    - jenna @ just j.faye

  6. I’m amazed by your photography skills! Looks amazing!

    - Ohmydish

  7. Your photos are always so beautiful! : ) Tzatziki is definitely one of my very favorites!

    - Crystal | Apples & Sparkle

  8. Yum, just made this. Delicious. Waiting for some homeade pita
    bread to rise and I’m all set.

    - Bellabee

  9. Wow pretty sure I never would have passed that linguistics course in college! This tzatziki looks amazing! Thanks so much for sharing, it’s one of my favorite dips/sauces!

    - Danae @ Recipe Runner

  10. I love tzatziki! This recipe looks simple and easy. And the photo is lovely! I have everything already, going to try it this week! Thanks for sharing.

    - A Young Wife

  11. Your phonetics would have been complete if you had included what tzatziki “sounds like” in a plain english word(s).
    How did an opera singer wind up in cooking? I know that I occasionally break out in song when I’m cooking so I guess the two go together. I haven’t tried your recipe yet but it looks delicious.

    - Peter

  12. Love tzatziki! Your recipe looks so fresh and easy to mix up. Thanks for sharing! I think I’ll pass on being an opera major though; trust me, everyone will appreciate my decision:)

    - Heather @ Shards of Lavender

  13. Gorgeous, Ali! This is one of my favorite dips, spreads…whatever you want to call it!!

    - kelley {mountain mama cooks}

  14. Now not only can I eat it, but can pronounce it correctly too!

    - taylor @ greens & chocolate

  15. You just made this tzatziki recipe ROCK!

    - Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

  16. Reeeeally pretty, Ali! You are my new food photography hero. :)

    - Jill Silverman Hough

  17. I will try this recipe. I usually make a version of this to cool down Indian food.

    - Linda

  18. Okay, this looks so delicious and I’ve never even heard of it before. I love dips and pita bread and can’t wait to try it out. I even have everything I need to make it right now. WIN!

    - Tiffany

  19. I know exactly what you mean – growing up taking vocal lessons and taking linguistics in undergrad for fun has given me the same language talent. No idea what I’m saying, but It sounds pretty good.

    - Kelsi J.

    • The music major in the Italian 101 class I took at college was the same way … I don’t think she was actually conjugating the verbs half the time, but she sounded great doing it lol!

      - Sadye

  20. Oh my gosh, this is stunning. I need it for lunch!!

    - Cookbook Queen

  21. I could eat this with a SPOON, but you know, toasted pita would work too ;)

    - Megan {Country Cleaver}

  22. My favorite! I love anything with cucumbers in it, and this is another one.

    - DessertForTwo

  23. Looks delighftul Ali! I’ve gotta give this version a try.
    Mmm….

    - Melanie @ Carmel Moments

  24. Tzatziki reminds me of my mom, she always made it for us as kids for a dipping sauce with french fries, haha! Love this!!

    - Jenny Flake

  25. Mmm homemade tzatziki is THE BEST. I would put this on everything :)

    - Sues

  26. And now I’m craving falafel so that I have an excuse to make this. Sounds amazing!

    - Cassie

  27. Tzatziki is my happy place. <3

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  28. Tzatziki is my husbands all time favorite thing to put on sandwiches! Usually I buy a massive jar at Costco…and it goes bad before he can eat it all. So, this recipe is perfect as I can make less at a time! Pinned :)

    - Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

  29. An opera major? Gee whizz! :)
    This looks fantastic – I love my tzatziki with on a pita with roasted eggplant. I’ll be trying out your recipe soon, thanks.

    - Suné Moolman