I like condiments, but I do not like all the extra calories, fat and sodium most pack in just a small amount. I stick to mustards, vinegars and fresh herbs for the most part but tzatziki is a condiment that is not only low in calories, fat and sodium but it’s loaded with protein!
I’m not sure if this is the way everyone makes tzatziki but I’ve taken a mix of ingredients that I like from a lot of recipes for this over the years and it just works, I’ll show you how I make it and feel free to customize with a little more of this or a little less of that
i use Greek yogurt for the base, fat free but you can also use low or full fat, it won’t affect the taste
Dill weed, fresh or dry
Lemon juice, I had bottled and a few wedge on hand, all fresh or all bottled is fine
Cucumber, I prefer English because I don’t like the seeds in regular ones and you don’t have to peel them. Dice these finely in little squares
Minced garlic, what isn’t better with garlic?
Fresh mint, I always go fresh with this, and just so happens that my mint plants are out of control right now
Fresh parsley, again fresh on this one because you’ll get no taste from dried out parsley, but fresh has a nice taste and texture
Ready to mix, put one cup yogurt in a bowl
Add 1/2 cup diced cucumber
1 tablespoon dill
1/4 cup minced parsley
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons minced mint
2-3 squirts of lemon juice, this is one of those ingredients that’s more or less to your liking
Mix everything together, I top chicken with this, a dollop on top of a salad is good or eat with sliced veggies.
For the Tzatziki
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup diced cucumber
- 1 Tablespoon dill
- 1/4 cup minced parsley
- 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
- 3 Tablespoons minced mint
- 2-3 squirts of lemon juice (to your liking)
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl and serve.