Tzatziki Dip #FoodnFlix

This creamy, tangy Tzatziki Dip features a blend of coconut cream, cucumber, dill, lemon, and garlic, for a tasty dairy free, Greek inspired dip you'll love. It also makes a great salad dressing and sandwich spread, so make extra because you'll want to put it on everything!

Tzatziki Dip: Home Sweet Homestead

It's time for another monthly Food ‘n Flix movie review and recipe! Our host for May is Wendy from A Day In The Life On The Farm, with her movie pick Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again.

This recipe for Tzatziki Dip was inspired by the movie, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Now i'm not a big musical fan, so i'll admit I was a bit apprehensive about watching the movie. But, I was pleasantly surprised because all of the songs were from ABBA, which I was a fan of when I was a child. I actually remembered most of the words of the songs, and caught myself singing along a few times.

The setting of the movie is in Greece, and is both a prequel and a sequel as the film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present. The film tells two stories: present day as Sophie prepares for the grand reopening of her mother Donna’s hotel, and 1979 when young Donna first arrives on the island. There are some big stars in the movie, including Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Amanda Seyfried, and Cher, so there is a lot of big star talent to see.

Home Sweet Homestead - Tzatziki Dip

I love the aromatic spices and herbs used in Greek recipes, and one of my all time favorites is Gyros with Tzatziki sauce. But when I sat down to watch the movie a second time, (yes, I'm one of those people) I wanted something to snack on. My mind went straight to turning Tzatziki sauce into a dairy free dip, to enjoy with crudites.

Tzatziki is a Mediterranean Greek recipe that’s traditionally made with yogurt. but I substituted canned coconut milk in place of the yogurt. It's my favorite trick for making recipes dairy free.

Fun Food Fact: Did you know that Greece is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world, and among the first wine-producing territories in Europe. Yamas!

Be sure to join us next month as we head into the kitchen with our host Heather at All Roads Lead to the Kitchen, and whip up recipes inspired by the movie This Beautiful Fantastic.

Printable recipe

Tzatziki Dip

1 can full fat coconut milk, refrigerated for 24 hours
1 medium cucumber, peeled, grated and excess moisture squeezed out in a kitchen towel
1-2 cloves garlic, minced (I love garlic, so I used 2)
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Remove can of coconut milk from the refrigerator and separate the solid part on top from the liquid. Save the liquid to use in smoothies.
In a medium bowl, stir together the coconut milk, grated cucumber, garlic, dill, lemon juice, and salt until combined.
Refrigerate for at least one hour to allow the flavors to mingle, then taste for seasoning.
Serve with your choice of crudites, or some gluten free crackers if you'd like.
Will keep covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

April's tips:

  • Don't skip the step of squeezing out the excess moisture of the cucumber. If you do it will make your dip thin and watery. You'll be surprised how much water you can get out of a cucumber.
  • Don't skip letting the dip chill out in the fridge for at least an hour either. This gives all of the ingredients a chance to mingle, and the full flavor of the dip to come together.
  • Make sure you use a good quality, full fat coconut milk. Once mine was refrigerated, almost the whole can of milk turned solid. If you use lite coconut milk, you will get half or less of what you need for this recipe.
  • To turn this dip into a salad dressing, just thin it out with a tablespoon or two of coconut milk, or non-dairy milk of choice.
  • If dairy isn't an issue for you, feel free to substitute strained Greek yogurt for the coconut milk.

FoodnFlix was a great group started by Heather of All Roads Lead to the Kitchen. Heather has been on a bit of a sabbatical lately but the members of this group she started love it so much that we are continuing on during her absence with our friend Cam of Culinary Adventures with Camilla at the helm.


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