When I was younger, Trader Joe’s Tzatziki was a staple in my refrigerator. As I have gotten older and really learned my way around the kitchen, I found it’s much more delicious homemade. As most things are.
A creamy greek yogurt sauce with garlic and cucumber, its a great partner to a lot of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes. Or to just dunk a warm piece of pita bread in.
I used this as a topping to some chicken shawarma pitas. Easy to make there is really no excuse to buy it, sorry Trader Joe’s.
3/4 English cucumber, peeled and grated
4 to 5 garlic cloves, peeled, finely minced
1 tbs lemon juice
2 tbs chopped fresh dill
1 tbs GOOD Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 cups Greek yogurt
Kosher salt and pepper to taste
After the cucumber is grated allow to sit in a fine mesh strainer, sprinkle with a dusting of kosher salt and let sit, this will bring out the moisture in the cucumber.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the yogurt, garlic, lemon juice and dill. Season with salt and pepper. Chill.
Squeeze as much liquid out of the cucumber as you can using cheese cloth, dish towel or aheavy duty paper towel. Add to the yogurt mixture and combine well. Chill until ready . Drizzle with olive oil before serving.