This homemade tzatziki sauce is a delicious fresh, and creamy sauce made with Greek yogurt, cucumbers, and a mix of herbs and spices. This tangy sauce is perfect for dipping vegetables, spreading on sandwiches, pitas, and more.
This cool, and refreshing tzatziki sauce is a great versatile sauce that can be served as an appetizer with pita chips, french fries, or fresh vegetables, or spread on top of some grilled meats, gyros, tacos, or to take so many meals to the next level.
It’s a cool sauce that is tangy, garlicky, and very fresh thanks to the use of cucumber and fresh herbs. Its an easy to make Greek sauce, with only 7 ingredients, that takes just minutes to make.
This is a quick overview of the ingredients you’ll need for this Tzatziki Sauce Recipe. Specific measurements and full recipe instructions are in the printable recipe card below.
- English cucumbers
- Greek yogurt
- Lemon juice
- Olive Oil
- Garlic – I recommend mincing your own garlic for the best flavor
How to make Tzatziki?
- Grate the cucumber. You don’t need to peel the cucumber, just grate the whole small cucumber with a box grater. Then squeeze the water out of the grated cucumber between your hands directly over the sink, or between some paper towels.
- Add the grated cucumber, yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, dill, garlic and salt to a small bowl and stir it all together until combined. Store it covered in the fridge until ready to use it.
Tips and Tricks:
- Don’t forget to squeeze the cucumber to remove some of their liquid. This will keep your dip from being too watery.
- Use a full fat yogurt so that your tzatziki is thick and creamy.
- You can use fresh dill, or dried dill. You want about 1/2 TBS of dried dill, or 1 1/2 TBS of fresh dill.
- Add 1 TBS of minced fresh mint, for a different flavor
What is tzatziki sauce?
Greek tzatziki sauce is a traditional Greek sauce made with plain yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, dill, and other seasonings. Authentic Greek tzatziki is made with sheep or goat yogurt, but my recipe is made with traditional plain Greek yogurt you can get from the store.
Tzatziki is also sometimes known as gyro sauce, because it is typically used to top a pita bread gyro sandwich. Tzatziki is also used in other southeastern European and Middle Eastern cuisines.
How do you pronounce tzatziki?
If you are wondering how to pronounce tzatziki, you are not alone – the typical Greek pronunciation is zaht-zee-kee /τζατζίκι/.
What to eat with tzatziki?
Tzatziki sauce is a versatile condiment that pairs with a variety of dishes. Here are some favorites
- Pita Bread or Pita Chips – use the tzatziki as a dip alongside some warm pita bread, or crunchy pita chips
- Salads – use this sauce as a dressing on your favorite salad, especially paired with Mediterranean favorites like olives, grilled chicken, tomatoes, cucumbers, and feta with some lettuce
- Vegetables – use the sauce as a dip with some fresh cut vegetables, or some roasted vegetable favorites
- Gyros – don’t forget to drizzle tzatziki over your homemade gyros, souvlaki wraps, or shawarma.
- Falafel – dip your crispy falafel into this homemade sauce for an extra burst of flavor
- Grilled Meats – drizzle some meat over your favorite grilled chicken, fish, or steak
How to store tzatziki sauce?
This homemade tzatziki sauce is best stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Stir it up before using if it has separated at all.
This homemade tzatziki is a delicious creamy sauce that is perfect for taking your summer meals to the next level.
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Homemade Tzatziki Sauce
- 3/4 cup grated cucumber
- 1 cup full fat Greek yogurt
- 1 TBS fresh lemon juice
- 1 TBS olive oil
- 1 garlic clove (minced)
- 1/2 TBS dried dill
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Grate the cucumber with a box grater. (If your cucumber is seeded cut the cucumber in half length wise and scoop out the seeds, then grate). Squeeze the water out of the cucumber between your hands into the sink, or between some paper towels.
- Add the cucumber to a medium bowl. Then add in the yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, dill, and salt. Stir the mixture together until combined.
- Use right away, or store in the fridge for up to 4 days.