A Tastzy Tzatziki Recipe

A few weeks ago, we celebrated my boss’s birthday by taking her to a local Greek restaurant in Coral Gables. While I seriously love all food, I can honestly say that Mediterranean fare has a special place in my heart. I appreciate the heart healthiness and freshness that is always a part of their recipes. With the restaurant’s simple lunch specials, I was surprised at how rich and delicious the flavors were. I was especially surprised by how much flavor their Tzatziki sauce added to the gyro I ordered.

It got me thinking about what goes into Tzatziki sauce and if one could easily make it. With that in mind, I dove into my recipe vault and dug up this Ina Garten (a.k.a. “Barefoot Contessa”) recipe for Tzatziki. Enjoy!

Tzatziki a la Barefoot Contessa

Tzatziki a la Barefoot Contessa


  • 1 pound (1 pint) plain yogurt (whole milk or low fat)
  • 1 hothouse cucumber, unpeeled and seeded
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon Champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon good olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh dill
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place the yogurt in a cheesecloth or paper towel-lined sieve and set it over a bowl.
  2. Grate the cucumber and toss it with 1 tablespoon of kosher salt; place it in another sieve, and set it over another bowl.
  3. Place both bowls in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours so the yogurt and cucumber can drain.
  4. Transfer the thickened yogurt to a large bowl.
  5. Squeeze as much liquid from the cucumber as you can and add the cucumber to the yogurt.
  6. Mix in the sour cream, vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, dill, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper.
  7. You can serve it immediately or let it sit in the refrigerator for a few hours for the flavors to blend.
  8. Serve chilled or at room temperature.


Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/tzatziki-recipe/index.html?oc=linkback

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