Tzatziki

This fresh tzatziki recipe will liven up any summer meal! Rich, creamy & full of fresh herbs, it's delicious on pita, grilled veggies, sandwiches, and more!

Tzatziki Sauce

Break out the pita, it’s tzatziki time! On Monday, I posted my favorite Greek salad, and now I’m following it up with another Greek essential: this cool, refreshing cucumber tzatziki sauce.

One of the best parts of summer is that dinner suddenly becomes easy. My favorite ingredients – fresh fruits and veggies – are at their peak. Tomatoes are sweeter and juicier, berries are plumper, peppers are snappier, and our backyard herbs are at their most potent. 

Sometimes, when I want to put these peak-season veggies front and center, making dinner just means prepping a sauce to dress them up. This tzatziki sauce is a great recipe for showcasing summer produce – it’s rich & creamy, bright, and packed with fresh herbs. So mix it up, serve it with a big platter of pita and your favorite summer veggies, and call it dinner!

Tzatziki Recipe

What is tzatziki?

Tzatziki is a salted yogurt and cucumber dip that’s made of strained yogurt, shredded cucumber, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and herbs. Authentic Greek tzatziki is most often made with sheep or goat yogurt, but my tzatziki recipe calls for regular full-fat Greek yogurt. It’s easier to find in the store, and it still has the creamy, thick consistency you want in tzatziki sauce. Along with the other traditional ingredients, I stir in fresh mint and dill for a bright, summery finish.

How to Make Tzatziki Sauce

I first started eating tzatziki sauce at Greek restaurants, but I’ve since learned that it’s incredibly easy to whip up at home. Now, along with pesto, it’s one of my must-make summer sauces. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Start by grating the cucumber. I use the largest holes on a box grater to give my final sauce texture and plenty of green flecks. 
  2. Next, squeeze the water out of the grated cucumber. This step is essential for making a creamy tzatziki – if you skip it, the water from the cucumber will cause your sauce to separate. Squeeze the cucumber directly over the sink, or press it lightly between kitchen or paper towels.
  3. Then, stir everything together! Mix the squeezed cucumber with the yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, salt, and herbs, and chill until you’re ready to use.

That’s it!

Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

How to Use Tzatziki Sauce

Once you’ve mixed your tzatziki sauce together, there are endless ways to use it. Most simply, I enjoy it as a snack with fresh veggies and pita or crackers. Try it this way, or add it to your next crudité platter. Your guests will love it!

You could also slather it onto sandwiches like these pita wraps, serve it alongside a Mediterranean salad like tabbouleh or couscous salad, or top it onto falafel, falafel burgers, or a flatbread

And last but not least, serve it with pita and lots of grilled veggies for a delicious, easy summer dinner.

Tzatziki Sauce

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Try my hummus, tahini sauce, chipotle sauce, cilantro lime dressing, pico de gallo, tomatillo salsa, or guacamole next!

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Tzatziki Sauce

rate this recipe:
4.98 from 638 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves 4 to 6
This easy tzatziki sauce recipe is a delicious summer condiment. Use it to dress up grilled veggies, sandwiches, and more, or add it to a summer crudité platter!

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the cucumber on a towel and gently squeeze out a bit of the excess water.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the cucumber, yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, dill, and mint, if using. Chill until ready to use.

 

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  1. DJ F
    05.21.2024

    5 stars
    I followed the recipe to the T, turned out fantastic! The family loved it.

  2. Sammu Dern
    05.19.2024

    4 stars
    I loed the flavor. Just like the Greek restaurans.but, the first time I made it the sauce was too runny. 2nd try I let the cucumbers sit 30 minutes, squeesed by hand then placed in a cheese cloth , squeezed , let the cloth hang over the sink awhile , squeezed again then squeezed with paper towel Over kill maybe but dry cucumbers and this 2nd batch was perfect. Aslo after sitting over night it did not seperate. I’ll make this many more times I’m sure.

  3. Veronica
    05.19.2024

    Would it be ok to use plain low fat Greek yogurt?

  4. Heidi van Wyk
    05.12.2024

    This Tzatziti… Can you bottle to preserve to store or freeze?

    • Ian Lowe
      05.13.2024

      5 stars
      I would like to know as well

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      05.13.2024

      Hi Heidi, I don’t think this recipe would be shelf stable, it’s best to make and eat it fresh.

  5. KMcBride
    05.08.2024

    5 stars
    Really delicious! Served it with the gyro meat from Costco! Thank you

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      05.10.2024

      So glad you enjoyed the tzatziki!

  6. Monica Lopez
    05.02.2024

    5 stars
    This was so delicious. So fresh and amazing! This is my first comment ever on a recipe, it was that good. Elevated dinner by a LOT.

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      05.03.2024

      Hi Monica, I’m so glad you loved the tzatziki!

  7. Tess
    05.02.2024

    5 stars
    This is such a great recipe! Perfect balance.

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      05.02.2024

      Hi Tess, so glad you loved it!

  8. J
    05.01.2024

    4 stars
    Recipes are wonderful. The functionality and amount of ads on this site make it unusable. Not only did i not purchase anything from the waterfall of ads, i now need to avoid this website in the future.

    Stars are for the recipe. That part is great.

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      05.02.2024

      Hi J, thanks for your feedback. Glad you enjoyed the tzatziki!

  9. Melissa D
    04.28.2024

    5 stars
    This was sheer perfection!!! It brought me right back to Turkey…

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.29.2024

      I’m so glad you loved it!

  10. Susan C.
    04.27.2024

    5 stars
    This was a truly simple recipe and WOW is it delicious. I followed measurements, but did use nonfat yogurt… it still came out great.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.29.2024

      Hi Susan, I’m so glad you loved it!

  11. CQ
    04.24.2024

    Do you measure the shredded cucumber, then squeeze out the liquid, or squeeze out the liquid first then measure?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.27.2024

      Measured first, then squeezed.

  12. Eric
    04.19.2024

    5 stars
    Outstanding! We used the leftover roasted butterflied boneless leg of lamb last night in a flatbread wrap with your sauce and wow wow wow!!! Thank you for posting this – we now have a go to for using up leftover roasted chicken, beef, lamb and pork, just use this sauce in a wrap with the meat along with tomatoes, red onions, green or red leaf lettuce and sliced cucumbers.

    • Karlie
      04.20.2024

      That sounds wonderful. I am eating lamb right now. Looking forward to lunch tomorrow

  13. Amber
    04.18.2024

    5 stars
    This is the best recipe for tzatziki I have tried. I do add about 4 cloves of garlic (personal preference) but the recipe itself is so yummy without the extra addition. Family favorite! Thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.20.2024

      I’m so glad you’ve loved it!

  14. Christibe
    04.17.2024

    How much does this make? I have a party of 30 people I am making this for. Can I double or triple this recipe?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.20.2024

      Hi Christine, it makes about 1 1/2 cups – you could double or triple it depending on what else you’re making.

  15. Julie
    04.10.2024

    5 stars
    Hey how far ahead can this be made?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.20.2024

      Hi Julie, I keep it in the fridge for 4 to 5 days.

  16. Connie
    04.09.2024

    I just made this – my first try at homemade Tzatziki sauce! So amazing! I’ll never buy pre-made again!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.20.2024

      Hi Connie, I’m so glad you loved it!

  17. Jeanette
    04.09.2024

    5 stars
    Love the recipe! Super easy and delicious!!

  18. Krissy
    04.03.2024

    5 stars
    Amazing! Best Tzatziki sauce I’ve ever had. So delicious.

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      04.05.2024

      Hi Krissy, I’m so glad you loved the tzatziki!

  19. Michael
    04.03.2024

    5 stars
    This is it, look no further. The ultimate delicious authentic Tzatziki Sauce. I’m amazed how good it is. I doubled the recipe because some will marinate the lamb roast and some will be served along with it. Thank You!

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      04.05.2024

      Hi Michael, I’m so glad you loved it!

    • Connie
      04.09.2024

      Great idea, using it as a marinade!

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