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Is it a dip, or is it a spread? The answer, my friends, is both. No doubt you’re familiar with the versatile, difficult-to-pronounce Greek staple sauce that is tzatziki. Now, take a dill leaf out of Alex and Sonja’s book, and learn how to make it the traditional way! Lizzie, Recipe Hunter

Lizzie Tilchin

THE RECIPE

Authentic Tzatziki Sauce

Creamy, tangy, and cool as a cucumber.

Upon return from a fabulous trip to Greece, Alex and Sonja set out to recreate their most memorable dining experiences. While they were there, they had the good fortune of becoming acquainted with authentic tzatziki sauce. This delicious and creamy yogurt cucumber sauce is one of the better known elements of Greek cuisine, serving as either a dipping destination for veggies and pitas, or as a cooling condiment to be used generously over grilled meat in the assembly of gyros. As there are a variety of different ways to execute the sauce, it took the couple ample research and numerous test batches to get it just right, and all of the discoveries that they made along the way are reflected in their final recipe. For starters, they highlight the importance of grating and straining your cucumbers (versus blending), the traditional use of dill (versus mint), as well as the advantages of using real-deal, full-fat greek yogurt. Oftentimes, you can substitute low- or no-fat greek yogurt for full in a given recipe… however, this is not one of those times. These, and other tips, are all necessary to achieve a sauce with a harmonious consistency, the right amount of acidity, and a satisfying garlicky kick—one which will be a cool addition to any summer spread.

THE CHEF

Alex and Sonja Overhiser

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Alex and Sonja Overhiser

Our philosophy is to keep it simple and approachable, with a focus on whole foods and seasonal ingredients. We believe cooking and eating whole foods can lead to a healthier, happier life - and is just plain fun!

Alex and Sonja describe their diet as “flexitarian” – mainly vegetarian, but with the freedom to enjoy all food. Together, they form the voice of A Couple Cooks, a blog that encourages home cooking with whole foods and is home to their collection of flexitarian recipes. By cooking from scratch and using fresh, seasonal ingredients, the two are able create healthy meals that are also beautiful and crave-worthy, which we all know is no easy feat. Alex and Sonja’s philosophy is always present in the friendly, inspiring narrative behind all of their recipes, where you will find advice on eating mindfully and many helpful tips (such as how to grow your own herbs). This cooking couple is a great example of how two heads are better one, and to further demonstrate their dedication to helping people be happy and healthy, all of the money they make from their blog is donated to charity!

Head over to A Couple Cooks and say hello to Alex and Sonja on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

THE TIP

How to Use Grated Cucumber

Grated cucumber can make your dips, spreads, and salads watery if you don't drain it before use. This guide shows you how to salt and drain grated cucumber.

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