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.




Chicken Shawarma + Greek Salad + Sriracha

If you combine these three things you will have yourself a very tasty and healthy meal, no need to thank me.

My neighbor brought over some fresh cucumbers from his garden and I had just picked a few tomatoes from mine. Add those to the feta cheese and Kalamata olives I had left over from the Greek dip I made a few days ago, and I was on the way to having myself a Greek salad. I marinated some boneless, skinless chicken thighs in a mixture of greek yogurt, lemon juice and Shawarma seasoning.(<– I got mine at a Middle Eastern market). After a few hours I tossed it on the grill and then chopped it up.

I topped the Greek salad with the chicken, drizzled with Tzatziki and gave  it a few good squirts of Sriracha. Then I devoured it in front of my daughter who wanted to eat all of my feta cheese…who does she think she is?