Dipping things in sauce is my favorite way to add flavor to a meal. That’s why I created this 5 ingredient vegan tzatziki sauce to pair with my paleo mediterranean meatballs. They amp up the flavor and make the dish something I want to eat all the time!
I first tried tzatziki sauce when I met my husband back in 2012. We went out to eat at a mediterranean restaurant and it was added to our falafel. Every time we made falafel at home from then on, we’d make some tzatziki sauce to go with it. The tangy, fresh, and delicious flavor was an incredible addition to greek food we made.
What is tzatziki sauce?
Tzatziki is a traditional greek condiment. It’s made with yogurt, cucumber, and sometimes fresh herbs and lemon are even added in! The recipe varies widely from region to region. It’s typically served with cooked meats and pita bread as an appetizer, and tastes amazing with gyros and kabobs.
What do you eat with tzatziki sauce?
It’s an incredible alternative to salad dressing or dairy-filled dips. This tzatziki recipe is very versatile, so you can add your own flavors to it if you want! When making it a salad dressing, I recommend adding about 2 additional tablespoons of olive oil. This helps thin the dressing and makes it coat your greens more evenly.
Is tzatziki healthy?
Yes! It’s great for folks on the autoimmune paleo protocol because this AIP tzatziki is made with coconut yogurt! Even traditional tzatziki (made with dairy) is quite nutritious. Just make sure you’re sourcing your dairy from animals who are grass-fed and don’t receive growth hormones!
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Vegan Tzatziki Sauce
- 1 cup unsweetened, dairy-free yogurt see notes
- 1/2 peeled cucumber Approximately 1/2 cup shredded
- 1 tbsp garlic cloves
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- shred the cucumber and garlic in a food processor or using a cheese grater
- place the cucumber and garlic on a cloth towel and ring out extra moisture
- in a bowl, combine yogurt, cucumber, garlic, sea salt, and olive oil
- serve on salads, with meats, or as a veggie dip