Greek Tzatziki Sauce

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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.

Dipping into Greek tzatziki 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

Chopping dill

Prepare for your Greek tzatziki by dicing your cucumber and freshly chopping some dill.

Greek yogurt in a bowl

Then add Greek yogurt to a medium to large size bowl.

Grating garlic 1

Add your chopped cucumber to the bowl with the Greek yogurt, then grate in your fresh garlic.

Grating lemon zest

Then add some fresh lemon zest.

Liz juicing a lemon

And lemon juice.

Adding slat and pepper to bowl

Then add the fresh dill, some salt, and pepper.

Stirring tzatziki together

Stir everything together until all ingredients are incorporated.

Greek tzatziki

Garnish with additional fresh dill, serve, and enjoy your Greek Tzatziki sauce.

Change It Up

Recipes to Try with Tzatziki

Greek Tzatziki sauce.

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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Liz eating Greek Tzatziki sauce.

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

Greek Tzatziki Sauce

4.40 stars average
Thick and creamy Greek Tzatziki is blended with cucumbers, dill, lemon, and garlic to create a healthy and addictive yogurt sauce.
PREP: 5 minutes
TOTAL: 5 minutes

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  • 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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Calories: 42kcalCarbohydrates: 4.1gProtein: 6.3gFat: 0.1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 169mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 2.6g
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96 responses to “Greek Tzatziki Sauce”

  1. Alexander Pappas Avatar
    Alexander Pappas

    It’s fantastic that you recommend fresh ingredients, thank you. As a Hellenic / Greek person (and all Hellenics take pride in our cooking) I might suggest the following, while lemon juice is sometimes used, the preferred choice is red wine vinegar. If I may, try swapping dill for fresh fellel for a change sometime. It adds a sweet, licorice flavor but still has the freshness of dill. Also, pepper is considered a contrast that is rarely to never used in tsatsike by Hellenic people. I will of course try your interpretation and I expect it will be flavorful as you clearly appear to enjoy what you do. Thank you again and keep posting more wonderful recipies!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Great suggestions and alterations! I’ll have to try it your way!

  2. Cecile Avatar

    Looks good! Too bad there wasn’t a “Pin” button though.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      We usually have one! Thanks for mentioning it, we’ll fix that now.

    2. Georgia Beys Avatar
      Georgia Beys

      Instead of “chopping” cucumber it should be “grated” on a grater. Grate the cucumber in a strainer and salt it a bit and let stand for the juices to drain. Squeeze cucumber juices with cloth then add all the ingredience.

      1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
        Liz DellaCroce

        You can do it either way, as there isn’t one “right” way to do it. But if grating it is your preference, then great! I bet it still tastes great.

      2. Cecile Avatar

        Great tips! Thank you!

  3. Susan H Avatar
    Susan H

    So simple… and so flavorful. Used non-fat yogurt, and it tasted lighter than commercial tzatziki. Served as accompaniment to white bean burgers.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      That sounds so good!!!! :)

  4. Amelia Pizarro Avatar
    Amelia Pizarro

    mixed with cucumbers, garlic, salt, olive oil, sometimes with vinegar or lemon juice, and herbs such as dill, mint, parsley and thyme. is a sauce based on tahini, while in Turkey and the Balkans it came to mean a combination of yogurt and cucumbers, sometimes with walnuts. It has become a traditional part of meze.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh wow that sounds incredible!!! Good to know!

      1. Carol Avatar

        So easy and so good! I thought this sauce would be much more complicated. This made our gyros taste better than any restaurant, and I get as much sauce as I want! Yay!

        1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
          Liz DellaCroce

          I’m so happy you enjoyed Carol!! Let me know what you make next!

  5. Kerry Baidin Avatar
    Kerry Baidin

    This sauce was delicious. I am looking for other sauces that have no fat because I have family members with pancreatitis. Searching the web has not been fruitful as it appears no one has discovered how to make delicious sauces without butter or oil or things with high fat content (coconut milk etc.). This recipe worked well with the meal I just prepared and it was great with the Russian rye bread stuffed with onions.
    Thank you.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this!

  6. Billy Avatar

    I love tzatziki sauce. This one looks particularly good. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I love recipes that make use of dill in tasty ways. Can’t wait to try this one at home!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It’s so good I hope you love it!

      1. Ainsley Avatar

        What is the recommended serving size??

        1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
          Liz DellaCroce

          1/4 cup! So sorry just edited the recipe to show that!

  7. Ashley Avatar

    I can’t wait to try this, Liz!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It’s so good!!

  8. Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons Avatar
    Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons

    I could eat this on everything!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I pretty much do!!

  9. Brooke Avatar

    Pucker up because this is sour! I found this recipe to have far to much lemon juice in it. I made another batch leaving out the lemon to add to the first batch and it still has an over powering lemon taste.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh really? I think it’s perfectly balanced but I guess everyone has different taste buds!

      1. Sam Avatar

        I followed your recipe and thought it was perfect – thanks so much for posting this!

        1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
          Liz DellaCroce

          I’m so glad to hear it Sam! Let me know if you try anything else!

    2. Persus Avatar

      Different strokes for different folks. It’s delicious, so my taste buds say!

      1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
        Liz DellaCroce

        So glad you enjoy it!!