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August 13, 2010

Fairytale Tzatziki Sauce (Cucumber and Yogurt)


If you're looking for a way to use up some of those cucumbers from your summer garden, try making this easy and healthful tzatziki sauce.  Tzatziki is a Greek sauce that is made from strained yogurt (usually from goat's or sheep's milk), grated or chopped cucumbers, garlic, olive oil, vinegar and fresh dill or mint.  If you've ever enjoyed a gyro or souvlaki, then you've most likely had tzatziki sauce.  It a very versatile sauce and can even be served as a dip or spread.   This cool sauce is a perfect compliment to a warm summer night and simple to whip up in minutes.  I promise, once you've made this from scratch you will never go back to a store bought tzatziki sauce again!

TIP: The thicker the yogurt, the thicker the sauce - so if you want to make this as a dip, try using Fage Total or 2% Fage Greek Yogurt.  In my recipe, I used 0% Fage Greek Yogurt, which made it a little runny but I added some low fat sour cream to thicken it up and save some calories. 

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Fairytale Tzatziki Sauce

2 6-oz containers of Fage 0% greek yogurt
½ cup of reduced fat sour cream
1 large cucumber
1/4 cup of chopped fresh dill
1 tablespoon of white vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt + pepper

In a large mixing bowl, combine the yogurt and sour cream. Grate the cucumber (leaving skin on) into the mixture. Mix in the dill, vinegar, and salt and pepper.

Enjoy with whole wheat pita chips, in a flatbread pita with grilled chicken, or as a dip for veggies.



Enjoy!

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