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When I got on out on my own in the big bad world, I quickly learned that things cost money.  Shocking, I know.  I wanted to learn how to save money and eagerly dove in to read what everyone considers the epic and all time frugal living and money saving guidebook The Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn (you can learn more about it here.) ( Disclosure: I am including affiliate links for your convenience .)  Despite the preachy tone in the later chapters of the book (when you can tell she admitted to be burned out on writing her newsletter in the 90’s) and a few of the now outdated tips (floppy disks!) there are still some decent frugal hacks in her book that are useful today.  For example, Dacyczyn’s  (she pronounces it like Decision )  greatest money saving tip is how to save money on groceries by only buying the Loss Leaders.  Only problem is Dacyczyn doesn’t tell you what  a loss leader is and how to find them in the  store.   Save this money saving idea to your Pinterest boards f

Tzatziki Sauce Recipe (Cucumber Salad Dressing)

One of my favorite things about eating gyros is it comes topped with tzatziki sauce. Oh yum, yum, yummy, yum, yum, yum!

What is tzatziki (pronounced tat-zee-key) sauce? Tzatziki  (also spelled tzadziki and tzatskiki) is a Greek sauce that is often served on or with Greek and Middle Eastern food – everything from meat dishes like gyros to a dipping sauce served with vegetables dishes like falafel.

easy tzatziki dip dressing sauce recipe
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Tzatziki sauce is crazy simple and inexpensive to make (yet looks oh so fancy which this Lazy Budget Chef appreciates,) is healthier than a sour cream based dips, and is not limited to Greek and Middle Eastern food. Some ways you can use tzatziki sauce are:

  •  You can use tzatziki sauce to top burgers or grilled chicken 
  • You can use   tzatziki sauce as a vegetable or cracker dip
  • You can use tzatziki sauce as a salad dressing
  • You can use tzatziki sauce as a dipping sauce for your favorite meat or vegetable
  • You are only limited by your imagination!

 

Let’s cook!

 

You will need the following ingredients:

1 cup (or 8 ounce container) of plain yogurt – This recipe will work with both dairy plain yogurt and plain plant based yogurt. I usually use plain soy yogurt. You can buy plain non dairy yogurt here.

1 cucumber

 

1 tablespoon of olive oil – I buy olive oil by the gallon here


1 tablespoon of either fresh or dried dill weed – I buy my dried dill weed here


3 cloves of minced garlic – or a little less or a little more depending upon the size of the clove. As always, measure the garlic with your heat and you’ll be fine.

 
¼ cup of lemon juice (or more if you like it tart) – you can get lemon juice here

 

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Step by Step How to Make this Recipe:

 

1. Peel, remove the seeds, and chop the  cucumber.

 

2. Put the yogurt, chopped cucumber, olive oil, dill, garlic, and lemon juice into a blender.


3. Use the blender to thoroughly mix the ingredients together.


4. Pour it on and enjoy!

 

Looking for more Greek Cucumber sauce ideas? Check out the following tzatziki options - and more! - below!




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Comments

Donna Reidland said…
This sounds delicious and low in fat and calories. I'm going to give it a try.