Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

 

Low fat tzatziki sauce

Homemade Tzatziki Sauce-Perfect addition to any Greek inspired meal! Low fat & low carb packed with bold flavors. Great as a dip or with meat!

 

A few months ago my husband and I moved from Texas to Indiana.  Big move, I know!  It’s been a really big and AMAZING year for us… we got married in May and moved a month later.  It has been so much fun exploring our new city, creating a new life, and of course, trying new restaurants.  One of the first restaurants we went to (in our new city) was a Greek restaurant.  My favorite classic Greek meal is a Gyro.  Delicious meat topped with creamy Tzatziki sauce in a pita… mmmmmm!  My Homemade Tzatziki is the perfect sauce for any Greek inspired dish.  Great as a dip with pita bread, perfect as a salad dressing, or topped on delicious seasoned meat!  This is a Weight Watcher friendly recipe and each serving is only One SmartPoint!

 

Every time we go to a restaurant, I’m always left full and totally inspired to try and make a guilt free version of whatever I ate.  My husband and I really enjoy eating ethnic food… Indian, Mexican, Asian, and Greek.  I think we like these cuisines so much because the spices are full of flavor and the dishes are incredibly unique.  While I sometimes can’t completely recreate these unique meals at home, I certainly love trying!   It’s so much fun experimenting in the kitchen with different ingredients and different flavors, even if the dish doesn’t turn out exactly as planned.  If the dish doesn’t quite work out, that just gives me an excuse to go back to the restaurant that inspired me and have the same dish again!

 

Once we got settled in our new home, I had a major craving for that Gyro we had a while back.  I knew if I was making Gyros, I HAD to make my own Tzatziki sauce.  Tzatziki sauce is a creamy yogurt sauce mixed with cucumber and dill.  It’s delicious and the perfect topping for a Gyro!  The funny thing is that I have liked Tzatziki sauce for years and JUST started to like cucumbers.  The cucumber is not super overpowering and neither is the dill.  All of the ingredients work so perfectly together to create an amazing sauce that is cool, refreshing, and soooo creamy.  This sauce can easily be made into a guilt free version using fat free Greek yogurt, rather than full fat yogurt.  Not only is this sauce easy on your waist line, but it’s simple to make! 

 

Once you peel the cucumber, cut it in half and scoop out the seeds.  A seedless cucumber would be ideal but sometimes they can be hard to find.  After the seeds are removed from the cucumber, finely chop and place into a cheese cloth.  Gently squeeze the cloth to remove any excess water from the cucumber.  To a bowl, mix the cucumber, fresh minced dill, minced garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper, Greek yogurt, vinegar, and red pepper flakes (for a little kick).  And that’s it!

 

Homemade Tzatziki Sauce is the perfect addition to any Greek inspired meal without the guilt.  Low fat and low carb packed with bold flavors.  This sauce is creamy and easy to make.  Great served as an appetizer with pita bread, used as a salad dressing, or drizzled on top of seasoned meat!  Be sure to stay tuned for the Gyro recipe that goes perfect with this sauce!

   

 

Homemade Tzatziki Sauce-Perfect addition to any Greek inspired meal! Low fat & low carb packed with bold flavors. Great as a dip or with meat!

 

I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!

 

For Homemade Tzatziki Sauce, here are my “go-to” kitchen essentials:

  

Serves 6, 1 Tablespoon Per Serving

Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

1 SMARTPOINT per serving

10 minPrep Time

10 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 Medium Cucumber (Seedless cucumber is preferred)
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Dill
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon juice
  • Zest from half Lemon
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Cup Fat Free Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon White Vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes

Instructions

  1. Peel cucumber and finely chop. If cucumber has seeds, scoop out seeds and discard.
  2. Place diced cucumber in kitchen cloth (or cheese cloth) and strain to remove liquid. Place in large bowl.
  3. Finely mince garlic and dill. Add to bowl of cucumber.
  4. In the bowl, add lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, pepper, Greek yogurt, white vinegar, and red pepper flakes.
  5. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
Cuisine: Greek |

Notes

Tzatziki Sauce can stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 5 days!

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Tablespoon
Servings Per Container 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 27 Calories from Fat 1.8
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.2g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 1%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol mg 0%
Sodium mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 2.3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.3g 1%
Sugars 1.8g
Protein 4.1g 8%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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