Tzatiki is a fresh and tasty way to level up your next dish. Though it’s traditionally made with dairy, this vegan recipe is just as good (if not better)!
If you’ve ever had Middle Eastern or Mediterranean dishes, chances are you’ve tasted (and loved) tzatziki. The good news is you can make it yourself at home, and it’s easy to make it adapt to diets that avoid the use of animal products. Read on to learn how to make vegan tzatiki.
How to Make Vegan Tzatziki Sauce
In order to make this vegan recipe, you will need to gather a few ingredients and items before we jump in.
- 1 large bowl with lid
- 1 small bowl
- Grater or mandolin
- Strainer or cheesecloth alternative
- Large spoon
- Garlic press
- Lemon press
- ½ organic cucumber
- 1½ cups homemade vegan yogurt
- salt and pepper
- ¼ cup fresh dill, or 2 tbsp dried
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1½ tbsp lemon juice
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- Optional: 1 tbsp black olives
- Using a grater or mandolin, grate the cucumber into the strainer, or into the smaller bowl.
- Either let the cucumber sit in the strainer after it’s been grated or use a cheese cloth alternative to wring out some of the excess moisture.
- In the large bowl, add the vegan yogurt, grated and strained cucumber, press the three garlic cloves, add lemon juice, dill, salt and pepper and stir to combine.
- Adjust for taste, including olive oil, which can make it more richer, and black olives if you like their taste.
- Serve immediately or use within 5 days. Store in the fridge in bowl with lid.
Using Vegan Tzatiki
Tzatiki is a great addition in flavor to many recipes. Although it’s commonly associated with Greek cuisine, it is also often used in Middle Eastern or other Mediterranean cuisine. This versatile condiment can add a punch of flavor to plenty of dishes, including:
- Vegan Sandwiches: tzatiki is a great replacement for mayo or any other condiment. Try using pita bread to change up your regular sandwich.
- Veggie Dip: ideal for potlucks or parties, try tzatiki instead of ranch or mix with vegan sour cream to make a tangy dip for vegetables.
- Potato Dishes: replace butter with tzatziki for more flavor in mashed potatoes or vegan baked potatoes.
- Salad dressing: another tasty way to use vegan tzatiki is on salads.
- Black Bean Burgers: bump up the flavor of your burger with the addition of a creamy tzatziki
- Vegan Pizza: you might think it’s strange to put this condiment on pizza, but it’ll make for a unique pizza.
- Seitan Steak: play with tangy flavors with the addition of vegan tzatziki.
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