Tzatziki Sauce (Greek Cucumber Salad)

Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki is a Greek meze or appetizer that is made from strained yogurt, cucumber and garlic. Optional ingredients include herbs such as dill, mint and/or parsley and lemon juice is also common. If you are feeling daring you can even hit it up with a splash of ouzo. In addition to being served as an appetizer it makes a great dip or condiment especially when served in gyros or with souvlaki.

Updates 20150829: Since I was making tzatziki the other day I decided to take some new photos for the recipe!

Tzatziki Sauce
Tzatziki sauce is great for dipping with pita chips, veggies, grilled meats, etc.!

Tzatziki Sauce
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Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki Sauce
Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes Servings: 16(~1 cup or 16 1 tablespoon servings)

A cool and creamy cucumber and garlic yogurt sauce that is perfect in pitas, on salads, for dipping or even eating by the spoonful.

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded, grated, and squeezed to drain
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (~1/2 lemon)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Mix everything and let chill in the fridge for an hour.

Option: Add a splash of ouzo.
Option: Replace the dill with mint or use both dill and mint.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 6, Fat 0g (Saturated 0, Trans 0), Cholesterol 1mg, Sodium 4mg, Carbs 0.6g (Fiber 0, Sugars 0.4g), Protein 0.7g
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam


Peter M said...

Hi Kevin, I'm a fellow Torontonian (& Greek) and I tripped upon your site from WHB. My site is Kalofagas and my email is also there. I'd love to share ideas with you and pick your brain of course!

I hope to hear from you,

PS. The Tzatziki looks quite good...I can offer some fine-tuning for you, if you like.

Kevin said...

Hey Peter I would also like to share ideas. I took a look at your food blog (It looks pretty good.) but I could not find your email. I look forward to seeing more Greek recipes on your blog.

Please let me know what your tips are for Tzatziki!

lili said...

Hi Kevin, If you can find the thicker Greek yogurt (like the brand Fage, which we get down here in Chicago), you'll be able to get a creamier textured Tzatziki. Enjoy! lili

Kevin said...

I have been looking for Greek yogurt but I have been unable to find any as of yet. I will have to try harder.

Antonio Tahhan said...

Hi Kevin! I've recently been on a tzatziki craze.. this sauce is one of my favorites!!

Janulka said...

Hi Kevin, your tzatziki does not look bad at all, just imagine, that it needs practice to get it as smoot as possible. I agree that you need to use a greek yoghurt - it is much thicker and I prefer my tzatziki to be as smooth as possible (try it, you will enjoy it that way).. it means, shred your cucumber as small pieces as possible and seed well (to seed - to get out all the water of the cucumber) is the mystic detail to enjoy tzatziki. Bravo!

Mathias said...

Try putting just a bit of Olive Oil in,

Clive and Dawn said...

how do you squeeze and drain a cucumber?

Kevin said...

Clive and Dawn: I just use my hands a squeeze the grated cucumber but a tea towel would also work.

Joan Lomas said...

What is tzatziki? Is it Greek yogurt? I'm not use to terms in Greek. Thank you.

Kevin Lynch said...

Joan Lomas: Tzatziki is a Greek condiment that has a base of yogurt with shredded or diced cucumber and herbs such as dill and/or mint along with other possible seasoning. You can place it in sandwiches or use it as a dip for grilled meats or vegetables, etc.

Anonymous said...

Guys, you can drain the graded cucumber super easily...when u finished grading, put salt on it! It will take most of the water out...leave it for 10 mins and then squeeze it with your hand! And don't forger to put some olive oil (like 1 spoon),oregano and if u have some tzatziki/greek spice mix in the tzatziki as well! Ohh and the most important part, to make it super creamy and tasty: some feta cheese! Buy the really creamy one and cut it into cubes, then mix it in the tzatziki... And no dill pls...thats weird. Top it off with some olives and you're good to go! Ps: I'm greek ;)

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous: Good tip for salting the cucumber to drain! I usually just squeeze it out in a tea towel. I love adding feta!

Sarah said...

I love tzatziki sauce, but I've never made it myself. I've got lots of cucumbers from my garden right now, so I'll have to give this a try!

Bella B said...

I love tzatziki but have never made it. I will have to try it.

xoxoBella |

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