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Easy Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

  • Author: Lauren
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: about 2 cups 1x


Cool, creamy, and full of flavor!  Homemade tzatziki sauce takes just minutes to make and adds a creamy richness to any dish.  Use it as a dip, sauce, or spread to add cool and fresh flavors to your favorite recipes.


  • 3/4 cup grated cucumber, squeezed (about 1/2 European cucumber)
  • 1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill or mint, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1  to 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, optional


  1. Prep.  Grate the cucumber on the largest side of a box grater, peeling the skin from the cucumber is optional.  In a clean kitchen towel or on two stacked paper towels squeeze the excess water from the grated cucumber.  Finely chop the mint or dill, you can also use a combination of the two herbs.  Finely grate the garlic.
  2. Mix. In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, chopped fresh herbs, garlic, lemon juice, and salt.  
  3. Drizzle.  To add richness, drizzle or mix extra virgin olive oil into the sauce before serving.  Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 to 5 days.


  • You can use any style of Greek yogurt that suits your preference – nonfat, 2%, 5%, etc.  The higher the fat content the thicker and richer the yogurt should be.
  • Category: Sauces
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: Greek

Keywords: homemade tzatziki sauce, easy tzatziki sauce, cucumber yogurt sauce

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