Tzatziki sauce ~ creamy traditional Greek yogurt recipe with shredded cucumber, grated garlic, lemon and dill. A fresh, simple healthy dip with pita bread and veggies or a delicious sauce with chicken, meat and seafood.
One of our favorite Detroit neighborhoods is Greektown. It’s one long block of restaurants with the most amazing aromas and lively Greek music.
Coney Islands in the area also serve this sauce with Gyro sandwiches. I make it routinely because 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?
It’s a cool, refreshing healthy sauce or dip that starts with plain Greek yogurt and cucumber and is served with chicken, meat or seafood. It’s also a really delicious, healthy dip. You can’t go wrong either way.
Tips for the best Tzatziki:
Fage Greek yogurt is the best yogurt I’ve found. Even fat free, it’s thick and delicious!
Use English cucumbers (the ones packed individually in cellophane) – they’re almost seedless.
Leave the skin on the cucumber for maximum nutrition.
Use fresh garlic, not garlic powder. No Greek dish is complete it . . .and lemon juice. Enough said.
Refrigerate the sauce for 15-20 minutes after blending to chill and let all the flavors come together then stir just before eating.
I use a box grater to grate the cucumbers but you can also finely chop them.
What do you eat with Tzatziki sauce?
I love the combination of these grilled chicken kabobs with this sauce or try my friend Megan’s Grilled Chicken and Veggies in Foil, an easy Whole30 recipe. This sauce compliments most meats – especially lamb – as well as seafood.
As a healthy appetizer whip some up and serve with fresh vegetables and warm, toasted pita bread.
What’s in this Tzatziki Sauce?
- English cucumber
- fresh dill
- olive oil
- fresh squeezed lemon juice
- white vinegar
- plain Greek yogurt
- grated garlic
- salt and pepper
How to make the recipe:
Grate the cucumber then add it to a colander. Gently press on the cucumber with your fingers to release the liquid then transfer the drained cucumber to a bowl discarding the liquid.
Add the Greek yogurt, dill, olive oil, lemon juice and vinegar then grate in the garlic. Season with salt and pepper to taste then cover and chill about 15 minutes in the refrigerator.
How long will fresh sauce last?
This fresh made sauce or dip will last in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
If you tried this 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 Fage brand recommended
- 1/2 tablespoon fresh dill finely chopped
- 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.
- Add the Greek yogurt, dill, olive oil, lemon juice and vinegar then grate in the garlic. 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.