Simple, delicious, and oh-so-satisfying, this quick little appetizer is easy to make and your guests (or just you) will love it! Whether you use it as salad dressing, spread for a quick pita sandwich, or dip for your cheese plate—tzatziki sauce is a tasty treat. It’s refreshing, light, and compliments almost everything.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Rich, Creamy Perfection</p></h4>
Yogurt has always been popular. Now with the versatility and nutritional benefits of Greek yogurt, it has become a staple in the American diet. Much like regular yogurt, Greek yogurt has a creamy texture and rich taste that makes it a very adaptable ingredient. You can eat it on its own or use it to enhance an existing dish like salad, pasta, and various dips. Greek yogurt is high in protein, which helps promote fullness. A typical serving of 6 ounces contains 15 to 20 grams, the same amount found in 2 to 3 ounces of lean meat. This makes it particularly appealing to vegetarians, who sometimes struggle to get enough protein in their diet.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Hydrating in Surprising Ways</p></h4>
Cucumbers are mostly made of water, making them low in calories, yet packed with many nutritional benefits. Cucumber is a rich source of vitamin K which plays an essential role in preventing blood clots. It also boosts bone health to a great extent. It contains silica and manganese, among other trace elements. This can help to strengthen the bones and lower your risk of osteoporosis. The secret behind healthy and nourished skin is drinking lots of water. Adding cucumbers—which are 94% water—offers a perfect boost to hydration. They are also rich in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties. Reducing inflammation of the skin aids in skin health.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Greek Tzatziki Dip</p></h4>
<h5>Prep Time: 15 mins | Serves: 5</h5>
<h5><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Ingredients:</p></h5>
* 1 cup plain, full-fat Greek yogurt
* 6 ounces cucumber, grated
* 1 tablespoon lemon juice
* 1 tablespoon fresh dill, minced
* 1 clove garlic, minced
1. Mince the garlic. Then grate the cucumber and dill.
2. For a thicker sauce or dip, first lightly salt the grated cucumber. Then squeeze out the liquid before adding to the yogurt.
3. Combine the ingredients and taste. Adjusting seasonings until you reach your desired flavor preference. It should be a bit tart and garlicky. Add a tiny pinch of salt if you wish.
<h5>Thinner Sauce or Dressing</h5>
1. For a thinner sauce or dressing, don’t squeeze out the cucumber and use a thinner Greek yogurt. Or if you prefer a thicker Greek yogurt, thin to desired consistency with water.