Easy Dairy Free Tzatziki
This easy dairy free tzatziki is the lazy man’s way to make tzatziki. There’s no peeling, grating or squeezing the cucumber, all you do is dice it into small pieces. We even broke the rules even further by adding a bit of diced red onion to give it a favor kick. I love the chunky consistency of this tzatziki, and I find it works well with dairy free yogurt because it has a thinner consistency than regular yogurt. If you want a smoother consistency, then feel free to grate and squeeze the cucumber, as well as the red onion (you can do both in a mini prep). We prefer to keep things easy in this house, so that’s why we kept it simple.
We top this tzatziki on everything, from turkey burgers to these easy chicken kofta meatballs, which I will be posting on Sunday, so stay tuned! I also serve it up as a snack paired with some toasted pita, sliced cucumbers, carrots and red peppers. The kids don’t even notice that it’s dairy free, they literally pound it.
I’ve only made this tzatziki with the regular Kite Hill yogurt, (see photo below) so if you use another brand, you may need to tweak the recipe, as dairy free yogurts can vary greatly in flavor, as well as consistency. Also, don’t use the Kite Hill Greek yogurt, as it’s thinner in consistency.
Easy Dairy Free Tzatziki
- 1 cup unsweetened dairy free yogurt – I used Kite Hill original almond milk yogurt – don’t use their Greek yogurt, as it’s not as thick
- 1 cup diced English cucumber, small dice – roughly half of a large cucumber, if you’re going to use a regular cucumber, then I would cut the seeds out
- 1 /4 cup diced red onion, small dice
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt, or fine Celtic sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
In a medium bowl, add the yogurt, cucumber, red onion, dill, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Blend all the ingredeints together well, give it a taste and feel free to add more salt or dill to taste. You could also add some freshly chopped mint for an extra kick. If not using right away, store in the fridge in a glass container with a lid. Yep, that’s all there is to it!
Note: This dairy free version isn’t going to be as thick as a traditional Greek yogurt, but all the flavor is there.
We love pairing this tzatziki on my turkey burgers with spinach and feta.
It also tastes great on my rosemary and thyme turkey burgers.
You can’t have these easy chicken kofta meatballs without this yogurt.