Tzatziki Sauce

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This easy recipe for Tzatziki sauce, made with Greek yogurt, grated cucumbers, garlic and fresh herbs takes just a few minutes to whip up!

Tzatziki Sauce

Easy Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki (pronounced tsah-see-key) is a traditional Greek sauce or dip that is made from strained yogurt, cucumber, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and herbs such as dill, mint, or parsley. It is typically served as a condiment or dip with grilled meats, vegetables, or bread. Its refreshing and tangy flavor comes from the combination of yogurt and lemon juice. It is also a healthy, high protein and low-fat alternative to many other dips and sauces. For more of my favorite dips, try my Greek 7 Layer Dip, Whipped Feta Dip, and Greek Yogurt Caesar Dip.


  • Greek Yogurt: you can use fat-free, reduced fat or full-fat, depending on your goals.
  • Cucumber: Peel and seed one small cucumber. If you use an English cucumber, you don’t need to seed it.
  • Garlic: Crush one garlic clove.
  • Lemon: Stir in one teaspoon of lemon juice.
  • Fresh Herbs: I like to use fresh chives and dill. Chives aren’t traditional, but I love their flavor in tzatziki. It’s also great with fresh mint leaves.
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

How to Make Tzatziki Sauce

Straining the yogurt and cucumbers is a must to make the tzatziki thick, so don’t skip these steps! Once done, the dip comes together very quickly.

  1. Strain the yogurt in a fine mesh sieve or coffee filter over a bowl for a few hours in the refrigerator.
  2. Cucumber: Scoop out the cucumber seeds with a small spoon. Place the cucumber in a mini food processor or grate it with a box grater. Sprinkle it with a little salt and drain the liquid in a strainer. You may want to use the back of a spoon to help squeeze out any excess moisture.
  3. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate it for at least an hour before serving to let the flavors meld.

What do you eat tzatziki with?

There are so many ways to eat tzatziki. Here are some of my favorites:


  • Make it Vegan: You can use dairy-free yogurt
  • Add sour cream: You can make it creamier by adding half sour cream, half yogurt.
  • Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil

How to Store

Tzatziki dip will last in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you want to make it for a party or meal prep, you could do so a day or two in advance.


Tzatziki Ingredients

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Homemade Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

4.89 from 18 votes
This easy recipe for Tzatziki sauce, made with Greek yogurt, cucumbers, garlic and fresh herbs takes just a few minutes to whip up!
Course: Appetizer, condiment
Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean
Tzatziki Sauce
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Yield: 8
Serving Size: 1 /4 cup


  • 8 oz fat-free Greek yogurt, use full fat for Keto
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled and seeded (1 cup grated and squeezed dry)
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper


  • Strain the yogurt using a metal strainer or a coffee filter for a few hours to remove as much liquid as possible. Set aside.
  • Scoop seeds out of the cucumber with a small spoon. Place cucumber in a mini food processor or grate with a box cheese grater. Drain the liquid from the  cucumber in a metal strainer and sprinkle with a little salt (this helps release the liquid). You may want to use the back of a spoon to help squeeze out any excess liquid.
  • Combine strained cucumber, garlic, yogurt, salt, pepper, lemon juice, dill, chives and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
  • Makes about 2 cups. Store in refrigerator for about a week.

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Serving: 1 /4 cup, Calories: 18 kcal, Carbohydrates: 1.7 g, Protein: 2.6 g, Fiber: 0.1 g