Dairy-Free Tzatziki

by Maggie on August 25, 2011

We have a cute little garden growing in our backyard. Callum helped me plant it – we planted tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, collard greens, lots of kale, and cucumbers.

The kids and I have had lots of fun watching our veggies grow.

We’re having even more fun watching for ripe veggies. I love picking kale for our morning smoothies and Livvie loves digging in the dirt for fresh carrots!

Our cucumber plant has seen better days, but we’ve been lucky enough to get three or four good-sized cucumbers. Thankfully we’ll get even more from my Mom’s garden and from our CSA box.

So now that we know what to do with the zucchini that seems to be everywhere, it’s time to get creative with cucumbers.

I’ve been throwing a few slices in our morning smoothies, they add such a refreshing taste.

But my favorite way to use cucumbers is by making dairy-free tzatziki. It’s so good, and this recipe is really easy to make. I’m sure I’ll be whipping it up in January too, even if my cucumbers aren’t quite so garden-fresh.

Dairy-Free Tzatziki

½ cup grated cucumber
Cashew pulp (what’s left after making cashew milk, or you could make your own cashew cream)
½ tsp Herbamare or sea salt
1 large clove of garlic, crushed or finely diced
squeeze of half a lemon
freshly ground pepper to taste (add more salt or herbamare if necessary)

Place colander/sieve over a bowl.  Place a sheet of cheesecloth inside.  Grate cucumber and place in cheesecloth.   Squeeze excess juice into bowl and discard.

Combine cashew pulp or cashew cream, grated and drained cucumber, salt, and crushed garlic. Squeeze a couple teaspoons of lemon juice into mixture. Taste and season with pepper and more salt if necessary.

Store in a covered container in the fridge for up to three days.

Yield: 1 ½ cups

We’ve been using this amazing dairy-free tzatziki sauce as part of our gluten-free veggie wraps, but you could also use it as a dip for veggies, tofu, or meat.

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Cara August 26, 2011 at 6:41 am

Wow, is all I have to say! My favorite thing about this is that my kosher friends can now enjoy gyros!

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Maggie August 26, 2011 at 8:35 am

Thanks Cara!

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Heidi Oran August 26, 2011 at 6:42 am

This looks delish. Seriously. And I need to get me some herbamare. :)

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Maggie August 26, 2011 at 8:35 am

Yep, herbamare rocks! I’m a little bit addicted to it :)

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Ricki August 26, 2011 at 6:43 am

This sounds fabulous, Maggie! Can’t wait to try it. :)

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Maggie August 26, 2011 at 8:35 am

Thanks Ricki!

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Hallie @ Daily Bites August 26, 2011 at 7:10 am

Tzatziki. It’s just so fun to say, isn’t it? Your recipe looks fab! :)

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Maggie August 26, 2011 at 8:35 am

Hi Hallie, it is so fun to say! I had to google it a few times to make sure I was spelling it correctly!

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Carol, Simply...Gluten-free August 26, 2011 at 8:02 am

Wow, amazing recipe! Sounds wonderful. I love tzatziki!!!!

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Maggie August 26, 2011 at 8:36 am

Thank you Carol! I love it too and I have really missed it since going dairy-free. Not anymore :)

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Alisa Cooks August 26, 2011 at 10:23 am

Mmm, delicious idea Maggie!

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Shirley @ gfe August 26, 2011 at 11:10 am

Oh, YUM, Maggie! Especially with that last photo. :-) Have you tried the cucumber water that Zoe shared a while back? So easy and refreshing!

xo,
Shirley

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melanie August 26, 2011 at 11:54 am

Thank you!!! I have so craved tzatziki since dairy has been cut out, but didn’t know how to recreate it!! Falafel’s with tzatziki here I come!!:)

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Zoe August 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Hey Maggie, as you know, I love tzatziki! ;) Do you know if your recipe tastes like or similar to traditional tzatziki made with dairy? Just curious. Anyhow, it looks amazing!

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Kim - Cook It Allergy Free August 27, 2011 at 10:42 am

I LOVE Tzatziki!! I grew up with my Mom making it all of the time! I love the idea of making it dairy-free!! And my kids love pulling the carrots straight out of the dirt too! I had to finally convince them that it would be a good idea to wash the dirt off them first before eating them, though! LOL

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Maggie August 28, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I love it too Kim! Sooooo much! I’m sure that dirt is good for your boys’ guts! Hahah, that’s going a bit far right?

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Anna@GreenTalk September 1, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Do you think you can freeze a batch or do you think it would be totally runny. I have so many cukes!

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Maggie September 1, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Hi Anna – Try doing a test. Grate and freeze the cucumber first, thaw it, taste it, and start the recipe from there. I’ve never done it this way but that’s how I would do it! Please let us know how it goes!

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The Healthy Apple September 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm

This looks amazing! I’m going to try it tomorrow. Such a great recipe and I can’t wait to try it. Will you be in Dallas at the Gluten-Free Expo next month? I’d love to meet you if you’re there!
Have a great weekend.

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amber May 31, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Hi There Maggie,

Just a note to let you know I shared your awesome recipe on my monthly recipe round-up highlighting raw dishes. If you get a chance, come on over and check out the other inspiring raw recipes from sweet to savory.

http://www.thetastyalternative.com/2012/05/monthly-round-up-may-2012-raw-foods.html

Be Well,
–Amber

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Maggie June 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Thanks so much Amber! Can’t wait to see some of the other recipes!

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J'Marinde Shephard August 18, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Cashew cream link DOES NOT WORK – only gets “error” page. Can you provide the recipe? Thank you!

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Maggie August 18, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Hi J’Marinde – Thanks for the heads up. The recipe for cashew cream is the same as the post you came from :) Here’s a link for you just in case. http://www.sheletthemeatcake.com/2014/08/how-to-make-cashew-sour-cream/ .
Maggie

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