TzatzikiOne day I happened upon some pita bread in the discount bin. Yup! That is very often where my inspiration comes from: discounted produce, discounted bread, discounted meat… This evening it was a double whammy when I also found prepackaged ultra thin sliced beef on discount. As it is a pretty safe assumption that I will not be coming across any good gyro lamb in my supermarket, the next best choose was going to be slices of roast beef, but this new found product definitely replaced the other obviously lamer choice.

Tzaztiki snack

A Quick and Balanced Snack: Carrots an Olive Blend with Tzatziki

I did just a bit of basic research about tzatziki (Wikipedia) and decided to take a stab at it myself guessing at the proper proportions for the basic ingredients; plain greek yogurt, cucumber shredded, garlic, dill weed, lemon, salt, and pepper. What I came up with was pretty darn great! I was amazed! And as I looked into other people’s actual recipes I found that I wasn’t very far off from what most people were doing. And I’m not even Greek! (Of-course neither are most other people in America who are making or eating tzatziki.)

I adjusted a few minor amounts from that original experiment and have come up with a sauce that I can be proud of. Give, tzatziki isn’t rocket science, but it’s a good feeling to accomplish something well. I hope you enjoy this recipe, reaping the rewards of my success.


By:semiserious chefs
Makes: ~2 cups


  • 1 1/2 cups plain greek yogurt
  • 1 cucumber – skinned, cut in half, and seeded
  • 2 cloves garlic – minced
  • 1 1/2 t dried dill weed or 1 1/2 T fresh dill weed
  • 2 t lemon juice
  • 1 t red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 T olive oil


  1. Skin and seed the cumber. Add it, along with the minced garlic, to a food processor and blend. Alternately you can use a cheese grater and shred the cucumber and just really finely mince the garlic with a knife.
  2. Add the prepped cucumber and garlic to the yogurt, along with the dill, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Stir well.
  3. You can either add the oil to the mixture in step 2 or drizzle it over the top in a nice swirl for presentation.
  4. Serve with pita chips, fresh vegetables, or on a gyro. Enjoy!

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