Tzatziki sauce ~ authentic Greek recipe made with plain Greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, lemon and dill. This fresh, healthy dip is delicious with toasted pita bread and fresh vegetables or as a sauce with chicken, meat and seafood.
One of my favorite Detroit neighborhoods is Greektown. It’s one long block of restaurants with the most amazing aromas and lively Greek music that instantly draws you in.
I love the versatility of this sauce (dip?) and make it routinely. I usually have all the ingredients on hand and it elevates a lot of different dishes. Sometimes I’ll just slather some on toasted pita for lunch.
What is Tzatziki?
Tzatziki is a cool, refreshing healthy sauce or dip that begins with plain Greek yogurt and grated cucumber. I like to shred the cucumber on a box grater for a more rustic texture but because you’re making it yourself, you can grate or shred as finely as you like.
Beyond a great dip, Tzatziki is delicious with chicken, meat or seafood.
Tips for success:
- Fage Greek yogurt is the best yogurt I’ve found. Even fat free, it’s thick and delicious!
- Use English cucumbers for little/no seeds.
- Leave the skin on the cucumber for extra nutrition.
- Use fresh garlic not garlic powder.
- Refrigerate the sauce for 15-20 minutes after blending to chill and let the flavors come together. Stir before eating.
- I use a box grater on the largest side to shred the cucumbers but you can finely grate or chop.
What’s in Tzatziki Sauce?
- English cucumber
- fresh dill (can use same amount of dry)
- olive oil
- fresh squeezed lemon juice
- white vinegar
- plain Greek yogurt
- grated garlic
- salt and pepper
How to make tzatziki sauce:
Shred or grate the cucumber then add it to a colander and gently press on the cucumber with your fingers to release the liquid. Transfer it to a bowl, throwing away the liquid. NOTE: if the cucumber still seems moist, dab it with paper towels.
Add Greek yogurt, finely chopped dill, olive oil, lemon juice and vinegar then grate in the garlic and give it all a good stir. Season with salt and pepper to taste then cover and chill about 15 minutes in the refrigerator.
How long will it stay fresh?
Tzatiki will stay fresh and delicious refrigerated in an airtight container up to 3 days.
Looking for more Greek inspired recipes?
No Tahini Hummus – easy homemade hummus without tahini in just 10 minutes! Creamy, loaded with garlic and lemon flavor. Just 6 ingredients ~ way better than packaged stuff.
Lemon Garlic Chicken Kabobs – marinated in lemon, garlic, olive oil and herbs, skewered with fresh vegetables and grilled for delicious Greek style flavor.
Greek Nachos – warm toasted pita bread, seasoned chicken, chopped vegetables, feta, hummus, tzatziki, roasted chickpeas and Kalamata olives. You’ll definitely want some of this fresh sauce for this recipe!
If you tried this Tzatziki Sauce recipe or any other on the blog then I’d love to hear from you with a comment or star rating!
Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
- 1/2 English cucumber grated
- 1 1/2 cups plain Greek Yogurt
- 1/2 tablespoon fresh dill finely chopped (OR same amount of dry dill)
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice fresh squeezed
- 2 teaspoons white vinegar
- 1 clove garlic grated
- salt and pepper to taste
- Grate the cucumber then add to a colander. Gently press on the grated cucumber with your fingers to release the liquid then transfer the cucumber to a bowl. If the cucumber still seems very moist, pat it with a paper towel.
- Add the Greek yogurt, dill, olive oil, lemon juice and vinegar then grate in the garlic and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then cover and chill about 15 minutes. Serve with pita and vegetables as an appetizer or over chicken, meat or seafood.