Tzatziki has always been one of my favorite sauces…tart, crisp and creamy. My mother-in-law serves this with her famous Greek Quiche, which I will get around to posting some day! She taught me how to make this sauce about 8 years ago in Sweden, when she was teaching me how to cook. This was before I could speak Swedish, so we really couldn’t communicate verbally, and I remember how much fun it was to try to read her gestures and guess what she was saying. I think we spent most of the time laughing that night!!!
I still make this very regularly, especially during the summer when we are grilling almost every day. It is very fast and easy to make and is the perfect condiment to any grilled meats and is also a great dip for veggies.
Garlic and Sweet Basil Tzatziki
1 cup greek yogurt
1/2 cucumber, shredded and pressed in a fine mesh sieve to drain off access liquid
1 clove garlic
1/2 t garlic powder
2 TBS lemon juice
1 TBS fresh basil, finely chopped
1 tsp salt
fresh ground pepper
Add the yogurt to a small bowl. Press the cucumber in a fine mesh sieve with a spoon to drain off access liquid. Add garlic, powder, lemon juice, chopped basil, salt and ground black pepper. Mix and serve.