Chef John's Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

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Chef John's Tzatziki Sauce
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  1. Sprinkle grated cucumber with 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl and let stand 10 to 15 minutes to draw out juice.
  2. Place yogurt into a separate bowl. Dump cucumber and its juice onto a sturdy, dry paper or cloth towel and squeeze as much moisture as possible from the cucumber. Mix cucumber into yogurt. Add garlic, cayenne pepper, and lemon juice; mix thoroughly.
  3. Stir dill and mint into yogurt-cucumber mixture; season with salt and black pepper. Adjust all seasonings to taste.
  4. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 or 4 hours (or overnight). Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with a sprig of dill and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper for color.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 106 Kcal (444 kJ)
Calories from fat 0.65 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.07g 0%
Cholesterol 7.89mg 3%
Sodium 447.03mg 19%
Potassium 286.57mg 6%
Total Carbs 9.12g 3%
Sugars 5.08g 20%
Dietary Fiber 0.92g 4%
Protein 16.14g 32%
Vitamin C 8.3mg 14%
Vitamin A 0.3mg 8%
Iron 29.8mg 166%
Calcium 194.5mg 19%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 59.57 Kcal (249 kJ)
Calories from fat 0.37 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.04g 0%
Cholesterol 4.43mg 3%
Sodium 251.23mg 19%
Potassium 161.05mg 6%
Total Carbs 5.12g 3%
Sugars 2.85g 20%
Dietary Fiber 0.52g 4%
Protein 9.07g 32%
Vitamin C 4.7mg 14%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 8%
Iron 16.8mg 166%
Calcium 109.3mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 1.9
  • 2

Good Points

  • fat free,
  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

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