Is Tzatziki Sauce Gluten-Free?

When made with traditional preparation, tzatziki sauce is gluten-free. The basic ingredients include Greek yogurt, cucumbers, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. None of those ingredients include gluten.

While the ingredients in tzatziki sauce do not contain gluten, it is always good to check the label of tzatziki sauce you purchase or inquire at the restaurant about cross-contamination that could leave traces of gluten in your food.

About Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki sauce comes from an old recipe with ties to both India and Persia. Today, tzatziki sauce is usually eaten with Greek and Middle Eastern cuisines. Tzatziki sauce or a similar sauce is popular in the Balkan states, including Albania, Croatia, Bosnia, and more as well as in Turkey.

Tzatziki sauce has a fresh taste from the cucumber. The yogurt gives it a creamy texture, and the lemon juice and garlic add a little acidity. This makes it a great pairing with heavier gyro meats or roasted vegetables.

Tzatziki sauce is generally served in a bowl with Pita bread. It may also be served with souvlaki, which are small pieces of meat or vegetables grilled on a skewer.

Tzatziki sauce is also used as a spread in Gyros and other dishes. Some people even use it as a dip for French fries.

Ingredients

The following list has the ingredients used in a standard tzatziki recipe. Variations of tzatziki sauce do exist, so some may include other ingredients and varying proportions of these ingredients.

  • Greek Yogurt
  • Cucumber
  • Garlic
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Dill
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Nutritional Information

The following table shows the approximate nutritional information for a standard preparation of tzatziki sauce. Bear in mind that these values may vary based on how the particular tzatziki sauce you are eating was made.

Calories (based on one 2tbsp serving)

27

Total Fat

2.2 g

Saturated Fat

0.6 g

Trans Fat

0 g

Cholesterol

2.3mg

Sodium

55mg

Potassium

47mg

Total Carbohydrates

1.3g

Dietary Fiber

0.1g

Sugars

1g

Protein

0.7g

 

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