Tzatziki is a dip and sauce that’s popular throughout the Mediterranean and the Middle East. We’re talking about quite a few countries. Consequently, there are regional variations. Talatouri, for example, is a type of tzatziki native to Cyprus in Greece. It’s made with mint instead of dill, and uses lemon juice, but no vinegar. This is our basic version of dairy-free talatouri.
Dairy-Free Talatouri is a Vegan Greek Tzatziki with Mint
The biggest wild card in this dairy-free talatouri is the vegan yogurt. What you choose and how you use it will depend on both your taste and consistency preferences. But don’t worry, I won’t leave you hanging. I have some suggestions to help you pick the best dairy-free yogurt for your plant-based talatouri.
- So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk Yogurt: This is my go-to for price and taste with dairy-free talatouri. The flavor goes very well, and the consistency is quite smooth. That said, it makes a thinner dip (more sauce like), and this brand hasn’t strained well for me. So if I want a thicker version, I just reduce the yogurt amount by a little (maybe 1/4 or 1/2 cup) and replace the missing yogurt with coconut cream.
- Cocoyo Living Coconut Yogurt: This ultra-healthy yogurt has simple, pure ingredients, is quite thick, and a little bit bubbly from the probiotics. It’s a great option that can be strained and comes in larger containers, but it is one of the more expensive brands.
- Dah! Almond Yogurt: Yes, a coconut-free option! This India-style yogurt has medium thickness, and comes in a plain variety that’s unsweetened and works well in recipes like this one.
- Forager Greek-Style Yogurt: This thick version is available in unsweetened plain, in larger tubs, and is a great option for a thicker dairy-free talatouri.
- Cocojune Coconut Yogurt: This is a real up-and-comer that’s thicker and made with clean ingredients. It can also be strained. But it doesn’t come in larger tubs. That said, it seems to go on sale for a fair price.
- Culina Yogurt: This is a rich coconut cream brand that will make thick dairy-free talatouri with ease. But ounce for ounce, it’s the most expensive option in our stores. I would only use this one if making a smaller batch.
- Coyo Coconut Yog: If you live in Europe, you can still get this fabulously thick yogurt. It’s so thick and rich, you might even want to thin it a little for your vegan talatouri.
- Kite Hill Greek-Style Almond Yogurt: Their formula has waffled a bit over the years, and we haven’t tasted the latest version. But this brand does have a loyal following, and it’s sometimes easy to find.
Special Diet Notes: Dairy-Free Talatouri
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, paleo, and vegetarian. Just be sure to choose the dairy-free yogurt that suits your dietary needs.
- 2 cups plain or unsweetened dairy-free yogurt (see post above)
- 2 cucumbers, diced small
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh chopped mint leaves
- ¼ teaspoon paprika (optional)
- Dash salt
- Dash black pepper
- In a serving bowl, whisk together the yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, lemon juice, oil, mint, paprika (if using), salt, and pepper.
- Cover and refrigerate the dip for at least 1 hour before serving, so the flavors have time to meld.