Tzatziki Sauce

(November Week 1 Trial)

In anticipation of potential consumers of my meal output going down by 50% this week, I went for a minor trial this time: tzatziki sauce. I found one from The Man Fuel Blog that at least mentioned the risk of heartburn, so I went with that, at half portion.

mint, sour cream, cucumber,  greek yogurt, garlic
mint, sour cream, cucumber, greek yogurt, garlic

1 tsp garlic (went with pre-cut stuff from the jar to get something milder than fresh raw garlic)
1 cup greek yogurt
1 Tbsp sour cream
1/4 tsp dried mint
salt to taste
1/2 c finely diced cucumber (peeled first)

Didn’t take much mixing (for specifics, see the instructions linked above), and I just let this sit for about 30 minutes:

Bam! Tzatziki!
Bam! Tzatziki!

Thanks to my helpful co-chef, got some falafel (prepped “fresh from the box”) fried up with tomato, lettuce, cukes, and roasted butternut squash and potato to overload atop some pita bread for a tasty but vegetarian dinner, and lunch the next day!

Falafel Salad for Dinner
Falafel Salad for Dinner: yes, the pita bread is under there somewhere..
Falafel Bento for Lunch
Falafel Bento for Lunch: chewing gum to combat garlic breath not pictured. 

 This week’s trial recipe ratings:

Novelty: 4 of 5 stars
Likelihood of repeat: 60%
Felt really good to have this for lunch. It was delicious, kept well, but didn’t feel over-filling. I really like the novelty of home made tzatziki sauce, since it is so simple to make, but I’m still wishing I could find a delicious yet non-raw-garlic version. You got anything?


  1. Hey! Thanks for checking out my site ( and giving your own take on my tzatziki recipe a go! Looking forward to reading more on your site.

    1. Hi! No problem, it was my (tasty) pleasure. Do you have any tips on how to make sure to avoid the heartburn potential of the garlic? It turned out okay this time, but I’m a little worried my over-enthusiastic-garlic-using-self will make it really potent next time around.

  2. This looks incredibly easy, but yet oh so tasty! I’ve never even thought about making my own tzatziki sauce, I didn’t know that it was so easy. Easy enough that even I may be able to make it. I may have a weekend project for gyros.

    1. Yes it is, I think it is totally worth trying. There are other recipes out there that call for food processors, or straining the greek yogurt, and it turns out those can all be skipped. I don’t have a good lamb saute recipe to recommend as home-style gyro meat, though, since we have a significant stock of “fresh from the box” falafel mix that you just add water to and form into balls to deep fry.. Let me know how that goes.

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