Close up of Tzatziki sauce in a white bowl and garnished with fresh dill.

Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

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This fresh tasting Homemade Tzatziki Sauce is a creamy cucumber sauce made with full fat
Greek yogurt, fresh herbs and lemon juice, minced garlic, grated cucumber, and simple
seasoning.

Close up of Tzatziki sauce in a white bowl and garnished with fresh dill.

While it’s certainly a breeze to whip up, don’t mistake this Greek Tzatziki for anything plain or unremarkable! It’s bursting with an array of light and zesty flavors, subtle tang, and delicious juicy cucumber texture that you can add as a spread, use as dip or drizzle over roasted veggies and grilled meats.

This Homemade Tzatziki Sauce is in a class of its own and can be easily made in the comfort of your kitchen in no time at all!

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Tzatziki Sauce Ingredients

  • Cucumber
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Garlic
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Dill
  • Salt & Black Pepper

How To Make Tzatziki Sauce

  1. Using the large holes on a box grater, grate the unpeeled cucumber. Transfer to a fine-mesh strainer and press down with the palm of your hand to remove excess moisture and set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl add Greek yogurt, minced garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, fresh dill, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Add in grated cucumbers to yogurt sauce and stir everything together. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour, or until you are ready to serve it.
Tzatziki Sauce with fresh pita bread being dipped into it.

What Is Tzatziki Sauce?

If you’ve never tried Tzatziki sauce before then you’re in for a real treat!

It’s a classic Greek sauce – creamy from the use of yogurt with refreshing flavors of cucumber, fresh herbs and olive oil while the fresh lemon juice provides a slight tang. And let’s not forget about the garlic and simple seasoning – they go a long way when creating a dip-worthy sauce like this cucumber yogurt sauce!

Tzatziki Sauce on a chicken gyro with fresh veggies.

How Should I Serve Tzatziki Sauce?

There are so many ways that you could serve this Tzatziki sauce! My favorite way is to serve it over chicken souvlaki or gyros. But it can be enjoyed in the following ways:

As a spread for various homemade or store-bought appetizers or snacks. Consider spreading your homemade Tzatziki sauce on:

As a sauce for fresh leafy/pasta salads and various grilled/steamed vegetables such as:

As a dip or drizzle for:

  • Falafels;
  • Olives;
  • Grilled Meats or fresh sliced carrots, bell peppers or cucumbers.

How To Store Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

Homemade Tzatziki Sauce must be stored in an airtight shallow container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days maximum.

After that time, this Greek tzatziki can start to turn bad due to the cream-based ingredients. You may also find that your grated cucumber starts to get overly soft instead of providing that fresh crunch.

While you could technically freeze this cucumber yogurt sauce, I wouldn’t recommend doing so since the consistency and texture just won’t be the same once frozen and defrosted.

FAQs

  • Some Tzatziki sauce variations include fresh mint as well as the dill. Mint is always a welcome addition in helping to create refreshing flavors. Go ahead and add in 2–3 Tablespoons of chopped fresh mint if you like.
  • Make sure that you follow my steps to remove as much excess moisture from the grated cucumber as possible. If you don’t, the watery cucumber will water down and thin out your creamy sauce.
  • While traditional Greek Tzatziki sauce is made with goat or sheep’s yogurt, that can be pretty tricky to come by in other parts of the world and will probably be expensive too. Opting for full fat Greek yogurt is a great substitute and won’t let you down when it comes to a thick and creamy consistency.
  • If you’re looking for a vegan version of this recipe, simply use cashew sour cream (thinned out a bit with a splash of water) or coconut yogurt instead. You should be able to source these from health shops or certain sections of local stores with a focus on vegan-based products.
Close up of Tzatziki sauce in a white bowl and garnished with fresh dill.

Tzatziki Sauce

This fresh tasting Homemade Tzatziki Sauce is a creamy cucumber sauce made with full fat Greek yogurt, fresh herbs and lemon juice, minced garlic, grated cucumber, and simple seasonings.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine Greek
Servings 12 people

Ingredients
  

  • cups cucumber (unpeeled and grated)
  • 2 cups plain Greek Yogurt (full fat)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Tablespoons fresh dill (minced)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ Teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Using the large holes on a box grater, grate the unpeeled cucumber. Transfer to a fine-mesh strainer and press down with the palm of your hand to remove excess moisture and set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl add Greek yogurt, minced garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, fresh dill, salt, and black pepper.
  • Add in grated cucumbers to yogurt sauce and stir everything together. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour, or until you are ready to serve it.

Notes

**Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on Modernmealmakeover.com should only be used as a general guideline.
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