Vancouver Greek Restaurant Tzatziki

"When I moved away from Vancouver to Nebraska, and got pregnant I was DYING for Greek food! So I called one of the Greek restaurants we used to go to and begged them for the ingredients. This tastes exactly like home and authentic Greek Tzatziki from the West Coast! It's super easy to make and fabulous with steak, chicken, pita bread, wraps or whatever else you want to put it on or in."
Vancouver Greek Restaurant Tzatziki created by YiayiaMouse
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  • 1 medium cucumber (peeled, seeded and grated or shredded)
  • 16 ounces sour cream (light or regular, both work fine)
  • 32 ounces plain yogurt (NOT the sugar free variety)
  • 2 tablespoons dried dill, plus
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill, for garnish
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • fresh dill, can be replaced for dried just remember the flavour is more intense in dried


  • Line a strainer with a few coffee filters or cheesecloth, and place the yogurt to drain overnight or for at least 3 hours.
  • After the yogurt has drained, peel, seed and grate the cucumber (I generally use the food processor- way faster), and squeeze it in some paper towels or cheesecloth to get rid of the excess moisture.
  • Combine all ingredients (yogurt, sour cream, dill, minced garlic), stir to mix well.
  • Put in separate containers (I usually just reuse the yogurt and sour cream containers), sprinkle with dill on top.
  • Keep refrigerated, lasts until either the yogurt or sour cream expires (whichever comes first).
  • Note the flavours will intensify somewhat, so if it's not strong enough immediately, wait until morning and you'll taste it!
  • *Note:I usually give one of the containers away to friends who also love Tzatizi, since it's hard to find where we live.
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  1. leemgiroux
    I am from Vancouver but living in Denver and miss all the different ethnic restaraunts, especially Greek restaraunts. I have to admitt this is very, very good Tzatziki, nice job!
  2. tasb395
    I didn't know if you used fresh or dried dill, so I used around half the amount called for. It was yummy. I made it for Greek Day at the school. Some kids wanted 3rds. And a few that "didn't like it" came back for seconds.
  3. Jopalis
    I have made this a few times and forgot to rate it. It is delicious! Light and refreshing. Good as a dip with vegetables, pita triangles or spread on leftover lamb sandwiches.... YUMMMY! My husband thought it was a little too thick with most of the liquid out of the yogurt. I may not strain as long next time. Otherwise .... delicious!
  4. willlumsden
    I am from the West Coast and find myself away from home also. This is my favorite recipe. Well worth trying. Thank you for posting this recipe :)
  5. YiayiaMouse
    Vancouver Greek Restaurant Tzatziki Created by YiayiaMouse

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