There’s a reason why Greek Tzatziki is so popular. This creamy Tzatziki Sauce is great with chicken, grilled vegetables, in gyros with Pita Bread, or as a fresh veggie dip. It’s also great as a salad dressing.

In the summer months when our garden cucumbers are booming, we are all about our favorite cucumber recipes. Fresh dishes like Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad and Creamy Cucumber Salad are on our regular rotation. Tzatziki is definitely on our ‘favorites’ list.

Tzatziki Sauce in bowl with serving spoon

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Years ago we took a trip to Seattle Washington where my cousin Alla served us a Mediterranean menu that rocked my Ukrainian taste buds and we felled in love with this tzatziki sauce.

This sauce tied everything together. I pretty much drowned my chicken and smothered everything on my plate with it. I then proceeded to down everything way too fast because it all tasted so good! Did I also acquire the Moroccan Chicken and Grilled Veggie Skewers recipes? Do you even have to ask?

Tzatziki Sauce Video Tutorial

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What is Tzatziki Sauce?

Tzaziki is a Greek cucumber yogurt dip. It’s a healthy sauce you can serve with chicken, grilled veggies, pita chips, gyros, and as a raw veggie dip. My cousin Alla is a fabulous cook and I’m blessed to be able to glean from her kitchen wisdom.

Homemade Tzatziki is also a healthy sauce with just 57 calories in a generous 1/4 cup serving. Try this once and you will love the fresh flavors.

Greek Tzatziki Cucumber Yogurt Dip

Tzatziki Sauce Ingredients

  • Cucumber – we used half of an English cucumber, but 3-4 small Persian cucumbers will also work.
  • Greek Yogurt – should be cold right out of the refrigerator and you can use full fat or fat-free.
  • Garlic – add this to taste as it can get stronger as the flavors meld in the refrigerator. We love garlic so we use 4 cloves and you can either grate garlic or use a garlic press.
  • Dill – we have used fresh chopped dill or frozen dill for making tzatziki.
  • Lemon juice – fresh squeezed is best. Do not use lemon juice from concentrate. 1 1/2 Tbsp is the juice of 1/2 lemon.
  • Salt and Pepper – add this to taste as a little goes a long way.
Ingredients for Making Greek Tzatziki Sauce

How to Make Tzatziki Sauce

  1. Cucumber Prep – peel and finely dice the cucumbers. You can also grate on the large holes of a box grater but we prefer the texture of diced cucumber. Set cucumber over a bowl lined with a cheesecloth, or over a fine-mesh sieve. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp salt, stir and set aside to soften and release juice.
  2. Make the Sauce – in a large mixing bowl combine the remaining ingredients: yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, dill, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Strain Cucumbers – Use the cheesecloth to squeeze out as much juice as you can from your chopped cucumber. Discard the liquid and add cucumber to the bowl mixing bowl. 
  4. Stir and Refrigerate – stir all of the ingredients together then cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight. It stores well for 3-5 days in the fridge.
Step by step how to make Traditional Tzatziki sauce

Pro Tip: Getting rid of excess cucumber juice is important so that your tzatziki sauce isn’t watery the next day. You’ll be amazed how much liquid you can strain off. Cheesecloth is the most effective way, but you can also squeeze by the fistful over a strainer.

Serve With

Tzatziki is one of the most versatile sauces. It’s great with:

Tzatziki sauce recipe served with cucumber

Common Questions

How is Tzatziki Pronounced?

Tzatziki is pronounced “tuh·zee·kee”

Can I substitute the lemon juice? 

Use either fresh lemon juice or substitute with white vinegar, adding it to taste (start with 1 tsp and go up from there). Do not use lemon juice from concentrate. 

Can I add mint? 

Mint is a traditional flavoring sometimes added to tzatziki. Add fresh or dried mint to taste. 

Can I add less garlic? 

Add the garlic to taste, keeping in mind that fresh homegrown garlic can taste much stronger and spicier than store-bought garlic. I love adding the full 4 cloves of garlic to give the sauce extra flavor. 

Can I skip the dill?

Traditional tzatziki does not include dill so you can omit it, but it does add more flavor to use dill.

Greek Dipping Sauce with Cucumber and Greek Yogurt

This is one of those recipes you’ll want to print and keep to make over and over. We’ve perfected this Tzatziki Sauce over the years and I hope it becomes a new favorite for you.

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Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

4.82 from 111 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
tzatziki sauce recipe
Tzatziki is a healthy sauce you can serve with chicken, grilled veggies, pita chips, gyros and as a raw veggie dip.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 12 people (makes 3 cups)
  • 1/2 English cucumber
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 16 oz Cold plain Greek yogurt , (2 cups, either full fat or fat-free will work)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice, Juice of 1/2 lemon; please squeeze a real lemon
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, peeled and grated
  • 1/3 cup chopped dill
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper, or to taste

Instructions

Prep the Cucumber:

  • Peel and finely dice the cucumber, or you can grate on the large holes of a box grater if preferred. Transfer to a bowl lined with a cheesecloth* and sprinkle cucumbers with 1/2 tsp salt and give them a light stir. Set aside for the cucumbers to release their juice while you prep the remaining ingredients.

How to Make Tzatziki Sauce:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine plain Greek yogurt, lemon juice, grated garlic cloves, chopped dill, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper, or season to taste.
  • Use the cheesecloth to squeeze out as much juice as you can from your chopped cucumber. You'll be surprised how much juice comes out. Discard the juice and add squeezed cucumber to your mixing bowl.
  • Stir everything to combine and season to taste with more salt and pepper if desired. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or until ready to serve. I love serving drizzled with a little more extra virgin olive oil. 

Notes

*If you don’t have a cheesecloth, you can also set cucumbers over a fine mesh strainer then squeeze out as much liquid as you can with your hands. 
**Nutrition label is based on using fat-free Greek yogurt. 

Nutrition Per Serving

57kcal Calories2g Carbs4g Protein4g Fat1g Saturated Fat1g Polyunsaturated Fat3g Monounsaturated Fat1g Trans Fat2mg Cholesterol160mg Sodium85mg Potassium1g Fiber1g Sugar116IU Vitamin A2mg Vitamin C47mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
57
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
4
g
6
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Cholesterol
 
2
mg
1
%
Sodium
 
160
mg
7
%
Potassium
 
85
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
2
g
1
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
4
g
8
%
Vitamin A
 
116
IU
2
%
Vitamin C
 
2
mg
2
%
Calcium
 
47
mg
5
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: Tzatziki recipe, Tzatziki Sauce
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 57

The original Tzatziki recipe was first posted in 2013. We updated the photos, added a video, and found a better way to strain the cucumbers to get as much juice out as possible. Also adding the extra virgin olive oil made this such a luxurious sauce. It’s our best version yet!

Tzatziki sauce is a Greek cucumber yogurt dip. It's a healthy sauce you can serve with chicken, grilled veggies, pita chips, gyros and as a raw veggie dip.

Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Dana Tock
    March 24, 2024

    Perfect. My sister-in-law calls Tzatziki another food group. 😊

    Reply

  • Brenda Nichols
    July 18, 2023

    Made homemade gyros and of course your Tzatziki Sauce. Let me just say, The sauce…. THE SAUCE!!!!! It was delicious! Thank you Natasha 😊

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 18, 2023

      So glad to hear that, Brenda! Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

  • Laura
    June 6, 2023

    if you deseed the cucumber it gets rid of the watery mess that happens. I do this with my cucumber salads too. Just cut long ways and scoop out seeds. Great recipe and I love your blog and food ideas/recipes!!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 6, 2023

      Thanks for your good comments and for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Kylee.R
    April 9, 2023

    This is by far the best I have ever had. I’ve made it 2 weeks in a row. Everyone loved it! Your recipes are always my go too.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 9, 2023

      Thank you so much for your great comment and feedback!

      Reply

  • Petra
    October 2, 2022

    You can add 1 tablespoon fresh chopped mint or half teaspoon dried mint.
    It’s heaven🙂

    Reply

    • Natasha
      October 3, 2022

      Ooh interesting! Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

    • John Rhoe
      March 31, 2024

      Mint makes this just wild’ Thank you for adding this for us to try.

      Reply

  • Kathy
    August 23, 2022

    Can you tell me if this could be frozen? I have so many cucumbers I am picking that I know I will be making lots of sauce. Don’t want a drop to go to waste! Thanks

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 23, 2022

      Hi Kathy, I have not tested that to advise but it may work. If you do freeze it, it will more than likely not have the same consistency as when you first made it.

      Reply

  • Sharon Beverly
    August 16, 2022

    Hi Natasha! This recipe is yummy, too!
    But I also want to request a recipe for Avocado Toast. I made this one for brunch today: 2 slices marble rye (or pumpernickel( bread toasted. 2 ripe avocado chopped. 1 small cucumber diced. Red onion to taste. 1 cup chopped tomato. 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice. Very good quality Feta cheese crumbled. Kalamata olives to taste. Good quality olive oil to drizzle. Chop avocado. tomato, cucumber and red onion. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and oregano. Add lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil and toss to coat. Toast bread. Spoon avocado mixture generously over toast Add Feta cheese and kalamata olives (or black olives). Drizzle with olive oil. Yum!

    Reply

  • Anna maria
    July 25, 2022

    Hello Natasha…from Greece.. 🙏🇬🇷😊 Well… Your recipe is right on… but.. Vinegar is what many of us use instead of fresh lemon juice… Just sayin’.. 😉😁😁😁😎
    Thank u for u. And for oozIng with love and talent for what you do here.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 25, 2022

      Thanks for sharing, Anna. Feel free to substitute with vinegar if that’s what you like. I think both versions are good!

      Reply

  • Katerina
    July 24, 2022

    I haven’t tried this recipe yet. I’m Greek and have been eating tzatziki my entire life but we make it with sour cream and few different ingredients. I will definitely try it this way, it a more healthier recipe.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 25, 2022

      I hope you love this recipe, Katerina. 🙂

      Reply

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