Now onto my newest creation - which isn't new at all, it's 100's of years old! Tzatziki (taht-zee-key) sauce, or as some call it cucumber yogurt dressing. It's Greek, it's smothered on your delicious Gyros, and it's low fat and low calorie!!! My boss is Kurdish and she and I discuss healthy eating and recipes. She was saying in her culture they do not drown their salads in "this dressing like you Americans!" I second that!! My husband eats his salad with salt and pepper alone! That I can handle, but just dry, uh, no. My boss said if anything they use cucumber yogurt dressing or Tzatziki sauce. Ah, I knew that right away!!! So I thought I'd make it and try it for dressing!
Everything you see here are the ingredients for Tzatziki.
2 tbsp olive oil, 16 ounce Greek yogurt drained, 3 cloves garlic, 2 cucumbers peeled and seeded, the juice of 1/2 a medium lemon, 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill, and salt/pepper to taste.
I don't know why, but I just think that looks so pretty!
I love cucumbers - they smell so clean and taste so yummy!
Toss in all the ingredients and process.
You can see the dill!!!
Pour into a glass or ceramic dish, cover, and chill for at least an hour.
Believe me the taste drastically changes!
And then, while surfing the net, toss some lettuce, black olives, pepperonchini's into a bowl with about a tbsp of fresh tzatziki and enjoy!!!
Now the only thing about making this tzatziki is that the whole time I was thinking of gyros. My mouth waters now at the thought of the thin cut lamb, rolled with onions into pita bread and covered in tzatziki. So when I tasted this dressing it seemed different. Like it was missing something. It took me awhile but then I added horseradish - about 2 tbsp. That kicked it up a bit and tasted great.
I am still going to have to find myself a gyros real soon! I'm craving one for sure!!!