This tzatziki sauce recipe is a delicious addition to every meal!
It’s bright, creamy, and filled with the tangy flavors of yogurt, cucumber, lemon juice, and dill!
Is tzatziki a sauce, a dip, or a condiment? The answer is yes, to all of it!
What is Tzatziki Sauce?
Popular in Mediterranean cuisine, tzatziki sauce is multi-purpose and can be enjoyed as a sauce or dip. It’s fresh and healthy made with yogurt, cucumber, lemon juice, and fresh dill or mint.
- It’s refreshing, and cool with a creamy texture. This tzatziki sauce balances out spicy or savory foods.
- Two-step tzatziki is so quick & easy to make!
- It’s a low-carb lover’s go-to, protein-packed, dip and dressing, with a million applications!
- Beyond just salads: try it on pizzas, burgers, and even grilled meats.ut it.
Ingredients for Tzatziki Sauce
Yogurt – Plain Greek yogurt is thicker and creamier than regular yogurt, but plain can be used in a pinch. I prefer full-fat Greek yogurt in this sauce, and while some drain the yogurt in a cheesecloth-lined strainer, I usually make this recipe without draining.
Cucumber – I prefer English cucumber in this recipe, but any will work. If using English cucumber, there is no need to peel. Draining the liquid from the cucumber ensure that the dip stays nice and thick.
Dill – Dill has a fresh bright flavor that complements the other ingredients in tzatziki, but finely chopped fresh mint can be used as well.
Lemon Juice – Fresh is best, and a little bit of lemon zest makes for a colorful garnish!
How to Make Homemade Tzatziki Sauce
- Shred cucumber using a box grater, toss with a pinch of salt and drain in a fine-mesh sieve. Squeeze out as much liquid as you can.
- Stir the remaining ingredients together and fold in the grated cucumber.
- Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving.
- Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprig of dill, if desired.
Serving & Storing Tzatziki Sauce
- Serve tzatziki as a condiment to drizzle over chicken souvlaki, falafel, grilled veggies, in homemade gyros or lamb kabobs.
- Serve it with Greek meatballs as a dip, and even as a dressing in cucumber salad.
- Add it to a platter with warmed pita bread, pita chips, olivea, hummus, tapenade, and fresh veggies like cucumbers and tomatoes.
Store leftover homemade tzatziki in a tightly covered container, bottle, or jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Yogurt doesn’t freeze or thaw well, but this recipe is so easy to make, simply start from fresh!
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Easy Tzatziki Sauce
- 1 English cucumber
- 1 ½ cups Greek yogurt or plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice more to taste
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon dill fresh, finely chopped
- salt & pepper to taste
- Grate the cucumber with the large holes on a box grater. Place in a fine mesh strainer and toss with ¼ teaspoon of salt. Let rest 5 minutes while preparing the other ingredients.
- In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and dill.
- Gently squeeze out the liquid from the cucumber and fold it into the yogurt mixture. Season with additional salt & black pepper to taste.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. Drizzle with additoinal additional olive oil to serve.
- If using an English cucumber, peeling (and seeding) the cucumber is optional.
- Fresh is best but you can use 1 teaspoon dried dill in place of fresh or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder in place of a fresh garlic clove if it’s what you have on hand.
- Fresh lemon juice is best as store-bought can have a bit of a bitter flavor. To quickly juice a lemon, cut it in half and place a fork in the center. Squeeze the lemon around the fork while moving the fork to extract the juice.
- Tzatziki will last 2 days in the refrigerator. To avoid the risk of botulism, do not consume past 2 days.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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