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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Tzatziki Sauce

rate this recipe:
5 from 144 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
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

  • ½ cup finely grated cucumber
  • 1 cup thick whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dill
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint, optional

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. Sarah from Loveandlemons.com
    10.24.2021

    5 stars
    Loved this easy and tasty recipe! I would like to share (for the benefit of Kim below) that I used dried dill for the recipe (using ~3/4 tsp) and just happened to have some fresh mint (but you can use dried as well). The trick with using dried herbs for a recipe like this is to make it early in the day and allow the herbs to work their magic for several hours. Ideally fresh is best, but in a pinch you can most definitely use dried.

  2. Jennifer Hallinan
    10.10.2021

    5 stars
    Great recipe. I use a bit extra on the cucumber but it is seriously the best simple formula I’ve encountered. Thank you!

  3. Kim
    09.17.2021

    Can I use dried dill and mint in place
    of the fresh? If so, do I only use half
    the amount?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.18.2021

      Hi Kim, I would stick with the fresh herbs for this one, dried dill and mint don’t have the same flavor.

  4. Carol
    09.16.2021

    How long will this keep in the refrigerator?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.16.2021

      Hi Carol, about 3 to 5 days.

  5. Angelica
    09.13.2021

    May I use sour cream instead of yogurt? Just desperate to give use to some opened items I have already.

    • Kade
      09.21.2021

      I used sour cream and it turned out great!

    • Tamara Sutherland
      10.20.2021

      5 stars
      Hello Angelica, Yes, you can. I’ve used sour cream as well and the tzatziki was very fresh tasting. I also like to add a little extra cucumber and dill.

  6. Holly W Denman
    09.06.2021

    5 stars
    Wow! Slapped some of this bad boy sauce on my chicken pot pie. And then tried it in my corn in the cob! Thinking of how it would taste with ice cream…

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      09.08.2021

      Ha ha, I’m so glad you loved it!

  7. Pierina Caldarulo
    08.30.2021

    5 stars
    Delicious and super simple and easy to make. Perfect for my donair!

  8. Amanda
    08.16.2021

    5 stars
    This was SO good on a chicken souvlaki pita. I only had vegan sour cream on hand (instead of yogurt) and it still came out amazing. Love the dill and the tiny hit of fresh mint.

  9. Uma s
    08.07.2021

    4 stars
    What a simple & delicious recipe. It was a instant hit with my family and friends !
    Thanks a lot for posting this :

  10. Teresa
    07.07.2021

    could you use a salad spinner to rid water from cucumber

    • Haley from CakeSpaz.com
      08.08.2021

      No, you need to gently press the water out of the cucumbers. I don’t believe a salad spinner will create enough force.

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