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Easy Tzatziki

  • Author: Paula Montenegro
  • Prep Time: 40
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauces, dips
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern


Fresh and delicious, it's one of the best summer sauces to have around. It will upgrade any grilled meat, not to mention tacos, salads or as a dip for your next barbecue or pool party.



Units Scale
  • 2 cups greek yogurt
  • 1 cup coarsely grated cucumber (seedless)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 garlic cloves (split, germ removed and minced)
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh mint
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. If you have regular yogurt, let it drain for a day to thicken it. Simply put a cloth lined colander over a bowl, and let it sit in the fridge. When ready to use, discard the water that will have collected in the bottom of the bowl.
  2. Grate cucumber, add ½ teaspoon salt and let it sit for 30 minutes. It will loose a lot of water. Drain it well and add it to a bowl together with the yogurt.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, mix well, check for seasonings and serve cold.


Keeping: this sauce/dip keeps for about 2-3 days in the fridge. The cucumber will still release some water, so after a few days, it turns watery and weird. I don't recommend freezing tzatziki, though you technically can. But the cucumbers and herbs won't be the same.

Herbs: do use fresh herbs for this recipe, dried ones will not achieve the result we want.

Cucumber: I like to grate it with a large hole Microplane grater, but you can also dice it small.

The yogurt should be natural, Greek-style. I sometimes let it drain for a day - put a bowl with a colander on top, cover with a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth and put the yogurt; let it drain covered in the fridge until you have the consistency you want - to have a thicker yogurt.

You can also make your own homemade yogurt. Good sources for this are Serious Eats and Daring Gourmet.


  • Serving Size: 1/8
  • Calories: 89
  • Sugar: 3.2 g
  • Sodium: 316.6 mg
  • Fat: 5.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4 g
  • Protein: 6.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 9.3 mg

Keywords: tzatziki, cucumber yogurt sauce