Ready in 5 minutes, this thick and creamy Greek tzatziki is blended with cucumbers, dill, lemon, and garlic to create a healthy and addictive yogurt sauce.
When I have a few extra minutes, I love turning plain yogurt into a delicious side dish by mixing it with cucumbers, lemon juice, garlic, and herbs. This version of cucumber yogurt sauce is known as Greek Tzatziki which is full of bright and fragrant, fresh flavors. It’s a great appetizer, side dish, or snack.
How to Make Greek Tzatziki
Prepare for your Greek tzatziki by dicing your cucumber and freshly chopping some dill.
Then add Greek yogurt to a medium to large size bowl.
Add your chopped cucumber to the bowl with the Greek yogurt, then grate in your fresh garlic.
Then add some fresh lemon zest.
And lemon juice.
Then add the fresh dill, some salt, and pepper.
Stir everything together until all ingredients are incorporated.
Garnish with additional fresh dill, serve, and enjoy your Greek Tzatziki sauce.
Change It Up
- An Indian twist. I’ll throw in chopped cilantro and garam masala to create Cucumber Yogurt Raita.
- A Syrian twist. I add plenty of fresh or dried mint to create Cucumber Yogurt Mint Sauce (Laban).
Recipes to Try with Tzatziki
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need to cut out the cucumber seeds when I prepare tzatziki?
That’s up to you if you’re not a fan of seeds but I don’t.
What type of Greek yogurt do I use for Tzatziki?
Always use Greek (strained) plain yogurt. It is widely available and sold at major supermarket chains.
How long does tzatziki keep for?
It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in an airtight container.
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If you haven’t tried a yogurt sauce before and you’re on the fence, this Greek Tzatziki Sauce is the one to try.
No fork required.
Greek Tzatziki Sauce
- 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
- 2 cups diced cucumber (or shredded)
- ½ cup fresh dill (minced)
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic (grated)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, check for seasoning. Add more dill, lemon, garlic or salt/pepper if you wish!
- Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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