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This incredibly tasty sauce from Ottoman Empire cuisine is an absolute favorite in Middle Eastern and some Mediterranean countries could be prepared in just a few minutes.

It is a wonderful addition to shawarma and other meat, poultry, or fish dishes. In my family, we enjoy tzatziki with lamb burgers. The sauce is addictive. Also tzatziki is great as a dip, with fresh vegetables. Pita, tandori, naan, or other flat breads served with this sauce are simply delicious.

Tzatziki is a very healthy and refreshing sauce with a lot of flavors. Don’t miss it!

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about 1 ½ cup


  • 8 oz plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 pickling, Kirby or Persian cucumber, finely chopped (or ½ cucumber, peeled and seeded)
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, finely minced (I use a garlic press)
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped dill
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp finely chopped mint leaves (optional)
  • Salt
  • Black pepper



Mix all the ingredients. Serve or let it stay in a refrigerator for a few hours to develop flavors.

Store the sauce refrigerated in a covered container for up to 5 days.

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  • Tip:

If needed, sour cream could be used in place of yogurt.


Cook with pleasure and enjoy the world!


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