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You NEED to learn how to make tzatziki sauce. Yes, it’s that important. And good news for you, my Greek tzatziki sauce recipe is beyond easy (just 7 ingredients and 5 minutes!) and can be used in so many different ways. You’ll want to dip, slather, and top just about everything with this easy tzatziki sauce. Seriously, it’s so delicious and so, so versatile.
So, are you in? Are you ready to make your own homemade tzatziki sauce?
YES! I’m so glad you’re still here and ready to make tzatziki sauce yourself. I’ll walk you through all of the steps below.
If you’ve been reading for a long time, you may know that I used to work at a Greek restaurant! It was there that I fell in love with Mediterranean foods and I haven’t looked back. I make tzatziki sauce all the time, I can’t believe I’ve never shared my version here before. But I’m sharing now, and I hope you love it as much as we do!
How To Make Tzatziki Sauce
This homemade tzatziki sauce recipe couldn’t be easier. Here’s how to make tzatziki sauce in three easy steps:
- Whisk together yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, dill, parsley, garlic, and sea salt. But wait, we’re not done quite yet! 😉
- Grate the cucumbers. Squeeze the cucumbers in a kitchen dish towel over the sink to remove as much water as you can.
- Stir cucumbers into the yogurt sauce. Taste the sauce and add more salt to taste, if necessary.
Easy Tzatziki Sauce Ingredients
This easy tzatziki sauce requires just 7 ingredients:
- Full-fat Greek yogurt – Make sure you grab plain yogurt! If you can’t find full-fat, plain Greek yogurt, buy the highest fat content you can find. Using the full-fat gives the dip more flavor and gives it an even creamier taste.
- Extra virgin olive oil – We’re using extra virgin here so that the olive oil doesn’t overpower the bright flavors of the easy tzatziki sauce.
- Lemon juice – Tzatziki dip shines with a hit of acid and that’s just what the lemon does here.
- Fresh dill – The classic Greek tzatziki sauce flavors. Don’t skip it!
- Fresh parsley – The addition of parsley helps to add a bright, herby flavor.
- Garlic – Not that we need a reason to add garlic to anything, but here it adds a pungent, savory flavor.
- Sea Salt – Add sea salt to taste until the homemade tzatziki sauce is just right.
- Cucumber – Adds vegetables, and cool, green cucumber flavor.
What Is Tzatziki Sauce?
Tzatziki sauce is a yogurt and cucumber sauce, which is typically found in Southeast Europe and the Middle East. Most versions include strained yogurt (aka Greek yogurt!), cucumbers, garlic, salt, and some versions include fresh herbs and a bit of acid like lemon juice or vinegar.
It’s creamy and cool and goes well with so many dishes! You won’t run out of ways to eat this.
Can You Make Greek Tzatziki Sauce Ahead?
Yes, you can definitely make Greek tzatziki sauce recipe ahead of time. In fact, I like to make mine ahead of time so that the flavors have time to meld together.
Ideally, make it at least 30 minutes before you want to serve it, though you can certainly serve it immediately if need be.
TIP: If your tzatziki sauce is watery after being in the fridge for a while, simply drain off any extra liquid.
How Long Does Homemade Tzatziki Last?
Homemade tzatziki sauce will last 2-3 days in the refrigerator. Because it includes fresh vegetables (cucumbers!), they begin to lose a lot of moisture and make the Greek tzatziki sauce runny.
This easy tzatziki sauce recipe makes 1 1/2 cups, so you can always cut it in half if you won’t eat it within a few days…but I don’t think that will be a problem!
What To Serve With Homemade Tzatziki Sauce
An authentic tzatziki sauce recipe can be used in so many different ways. Of course, tzatziki dip can be eaten as a dip, a spread, or a topping for sandwiches and/or salads.
Here are some low carb recipes to pair with easy tzatziki sauce:
- Lamb Kofta Kebab – Serve as a dipping sauce for the kebabs
- Roasted Cauliflower Hummus – Serve the hummus, tzatziki recipe, and kalamata olives as a Mediterranean platter
- Chopped Mediterranean Salad – Add a dollop of protein-rich easy tzatziki sauce
- Keto Falafels – Add these to your Greek platter!
- Keto Almond Flour Crackers – Or keep it really simple and just dip, dip, dip!
- Baked Lamb Chops – For a fancier Greek meal.
Tools To Make Easy Tzatziki Sauce
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- Box Grater – I prefer to make Greek gyro sauce with grated cucumbers (though minced will work). Just use a good old box grater!
- Glass Mixing Bowl Set – Add your tzatziki ingredients to the bowl, and mix them up. These glass bowls are perfect for using and storing.
- Porcelain Dip Platter – Serve up the best tzatziki sauce recipe with a variety of vegetables, olives, and low carb crackers or naan bread.
Easy Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
Easy Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
Learn how to make tzatziki sauce - it's EASY and versatile! This healthy Greek tzatziki sauce recipe can be made in 5 minutes and is perfect for meats, appetizers, and more.
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In a medium bowl, whisk together all ingredients except the cucumber.
Wrap the minced cucumber in a kitchen towel and squeeze over the sink to release as much water as possible.
Stir the cucumber into the bowl.
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Serving size: 2 tbsp. Makes 1.5 cups.
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Don’t have cucumbers so what can they be replaced with?
Wholesome Yum D0
Hi Angie, Cucumber is vital in making tzatziki.
Great! I didn’t add cucumber and ran out of dill so I just added dried parsley. It still tasted great. Thanks!
Assuming you leave the skin on the cucumber when using it?
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Hi Lynn, Yes, I left it on.
I am very satified with this recipe, thank you!
Thanks so much for this recipe. I didn’t have parsley and dill but still turned out amazing!! I’m saving your page and will check out your recipes. 🙂
I made this tzatziki sauce and it was delightfully delicious. Thank you!
This recipe was simple and really tasty! Happy to have stumbled upon it and will use it again.
I have made this several times! It is light and refreshing. I enjoy it for a Greek chicken sauce and for a veggie dip. Thanks!
Made this without the cucumber (because I didn’t have any). Even though the base is Greek yogurt, once you add the other ingredients, it doesn’t taste like yogurt. I used what I had on hand…nonfat yogurt and lime as sub for full fat yogurt and lemon. Really good addition to my salmon burger! Going to try it next with my gyro meat. Trying to eat low carb, high protein, so it’s nice to find some condiments that can make things tastier!
Simple and SO delish! I followed the recipe to a ‘T’
I served it with a batch of low carb lamb meatballs and froze the leftover sauce in single serving freezer bags.
To be honest, I could actually just sit down with a bowl of this and a spoon 😉
Love all of your recipes!
Is the 1.5 cup cucumber before or after squeezing out all the liquid?
Wholesome Yum M0
Hi Natasha, Measure out the cucumber first, then squeeze before adding to your sauce. Enjoy!
Thanks for sharing this recipe, I’m looking forward to trying it. Wondering if I can use regular full fat plain yogurt instead of greek?
Wholesome Yum M0
Hi Brenda, I have not tested this recipe with regular yogurt, but I imagine it would be very loose. For best results and texture, I would stick with greek yogurt.
Sally L. Brown0
I have a glass container of Tzatziki (Meif’ma Fia Tzatziki) from Greece and I don’t know how to use this collection of herbs etc. Can you help me?
Wholesome Yum M0
Hi Sally, You can mix the herbs in with greek youghurt and lemon juice to make your own tzatziki sauce.
Awesome! Made several times and just love it – so cool and refreshing. Perfect for summer
If I don’t have fresh dill can I use dried dill?
Wholesome Yum M0
Hi Sandra, Yes, start with 1/3 the amount and then adjust to your tastes.
Great recipe I do recommend allow shredded cucumbers to drain in a fine knit strainer
Thank you for a great recipe
Absolutely LOVE this sauce! It goes so great on our grilled chicken and it’s coming with us for our 4th of July party!
I love tzaziki sauce! It is the best sauce for potatoes – light, fresh, all you need this summer.
I love this sauce! I had no idea how easy it was to make, but now that I do I’m going to make it all the time and put it on everything!
I never knew how easy Tzatziki was to make until I made this one, love it!!
Love this recipe so much! You have me craving a gyro for lunch today; this will be perfect!
I love how easy this is to make. I have so many things I want to put this on. I even just use it as a dip. YUMMY
this really was SO easy and delish!
This is a great rendition of such a classic sauce – it’s a reipe I’ll come back to again and again. I love your informative breakdown of the ingredients
Tzatziki sauce is my favorite! Love how easy this recipe is!
Made this today and I’m obsessed – thanks so much for sharing!
I love this sauce! Thank you so much for the recipe!
Tzatziki sauce is the perfect topping for everything from meatballs to dipping vegetables. So easy and a perfect sauce for fresh fish too.
I have always loved tzatziki and for an unknown reason, never thought to make it at home! It is such a deliciously fresh sauce bursting with flavour, and I love how versatile it is. Cant wait to try making it!
I love tzatziki. It is perfect for so many of my favorite dishes. I always try to have some at home! 🙂
My husband loves this I make it every time I make Greek!
This is the perfect combo of ingredients!