WHAT IS TZATZIKI?
Tzatziki is a Greek creamy, garlicky, refreshing sauce that’s made with grated cucumber, fresh dill, garlic, fresh lemon juice, olive oil, and Greek yogurt. If you haven’t tried tzatziki yet, what are you waiting for!? haha, jk, but if you have made this delicious dip, you may be wondering what to serve with it. Keep reading for the 10 Best Greek ideas for what to serve with tzatziki dip!
Homemade tzatziki sauce is easy to make and only requires a few ingredients. My easy Greek tzatziki sauce recipe is a simple recipe, but it takes a little longer to prepare because I strain the Greek yogurt for at least four hours in the fridge to remove any excess water.
I also use plain full fat thick Greek yogurt, but the result is so worth it because you get the most delicious creamy tzatziki! Tzatziki lasts in the fridge for up to three days in an airtight container so you can make this classic greek condiment ahead of time.
But, if you’re in a rush, or you just want to pick up Tzatziki sauce, you can easily find tzatziki at grocery stores, any Mediterranean or Greek specialty store, or at your local Greek restaurants.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH TZATZIKI DIP: 10 DIFFERENT WAYS!
Greek Tofu: Oven-baked Greek tofu is crispy on the outside and deliciously soft in the middle. Marinated in flavours of fresh lemon juice, garlic, oregano, and extra virgin olive oil. Greek tofu is the perfect meatless option for dinner, lunch or a healthy appetizer and are the perfect side to dip into tzatziki dip!
Spanakopita: One of Riri’s Greek Eats most popular recipes! Spanakopita (aka Greek spinach pie) is made with fresh spinach, feta cheese, eggs, and fresh herbs wrapped in homemade phyllo dough. Crispy spanakopita enjoyed with a side of tzatziki is the ultimate Greek comfort meal.
Pork Souvlaki or Chicken Souvlaki: Greek souvlaki is marinated skewers of either pork or chicken baked in the oven or grilled on the BBQ. The cooked meat is then wrapped in warm soft pita bread and topped with creamy tzatziki sauce, diced tomatoes, and red onions. A couple of my favourite add-ins are fries and crumbled feta.
Gyros: Gyros meat is most commonly made from pork or a combination of pork and lamb. Gyros (which translates to “circle” or “turn” is cooked at a very high temperature on a vertical rotating spit (how it gets its name!), and then the perfectly cooked, well-seasoned meat is shaved into thin slices.
Gyros, like souvlakia, are made to be enjoyed with tzatziki. The saltiness of the meat combined with the creamy, tangy, refreshing taste of tzatziki is amazing!
Pita Bread: Homemade pita bread is easy to make, and my pita bread recipe doesn’t require any yeast. Win-win! You can also find pita bread at your local grocery store. Brush your pita bread with a little bit of olive oil, and sprinkle with dried oregano and a pinch of sea salt. Then pop it in the oven for a few minutes. Pita bread and tzatziki is probably one of the most popular Greek appetizers.
Greek Nacho Fries: Greek fries are easily baked in the oven and smothered with crumbled feta, sautéed caramelized red onions, diced tomatoes, Kalamata olives, and topped with homemade healthy tzatziki sauce.
Greek Meatballs “Keftedes”: Greek meatballs are juicy, full of protein, and simple to bake in the oven! The combination of lean ground beef, fresh herbs, and a couple of surprise ingredients results in the most tender meatballs. If you’re going to be enjoying meatballs with tzatziki, then you don’t need to worry about making the marinara sauce unless, of course, you want to!
Keftedes (Greek meatballs) are satisfying on their own or as part of your mezze platter. Serve keftedes with tzatziki and fresh chopped Italian parsley. Another option is to cut the meatballs in half and make a sandwich wrap with Greek meatballs, pita bread, tzatziki, sliced tomatoes and whatever toppings you like!
Greek Lemon Potatoes: Pretty much a staple at any Greek get-together, and for good reason! Greek lemon potatoes are loaded with garlic, fresh lemon juice, and oregano. Greek lemon potatoes with tzatziki are so so good!
Lamb Burgers or Grilled Lamb: Lamb and tzatziki are a match made in heaven. Ground lamb burgers are a tasty alternative to beef, salmon or chicken burgers if you’re looking to switch up your grilling menu. Lamb burgers are delicious on a brioche bun with cucumber tzatziki sauce, sliced tomatoes, red onion, and arugula.
Greek Rice: Fluffy white rice with sauteed onions, chicken broth, olive oil, and fresh herbs. Try Greek tofu with Greek rice, tzatziki, and Greek salad loaded with fresh vegetables for a flavourful and healthy vegetarian Greek meal idea!
Date Published: September 15, 2022