Lovely authentic tzatziki is so good on toasted bread (topped with oregano and olive oil), included in a rolled-up pita with a pork skewer or gyro, next to roasted vegetables, fries, or as a side salad next to zucchini and potato pies. Make it perfect with cool cucumber, extra virgin olive oil, good wine vinegar, freshly black pepper and fresh dill.

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A bowl with tzatziki with chopped dill on top.

Why this recipe sings

  • It is delicious classic Greek cuisine. In Greece, it is called tzatziki salad, and it is commonly served as a meze. Enjoy it as a dip with crackers, bread, and pita or as a sauce/salad with dishes like stuffed grape leaves, zucchini fritters, and even potato fries.
  • It is easy. Tzatziki has a quick prep and it takes minutes to put together.

Here is what you need for tzatziki

A cucumber, garlic, fresh dill, yogurt, wine vinegar, olive oil and sea salt and pepper on a table.

To make this authentic tzatziki sauce recipe, you will need Greek strained yogurt, cucumber, garlic, fresh dill, a little white wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and pepper.

How to make tzatziki

A hand grating a cucumber.
Grate the cucumber using the large grates of a grater.
Grated cucumber in a colander.
Place grated cucumber in a colander in the sink. Add a pinch of salt and one tablespoon of vinegar. Let it rest to release its liquids for 15 minutes.
A whisk, olive oil and yogurt.
Lightly whisk the yogurt with a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil to develop a creamy texture.
Olive oil, vinegar, diced garlic and salt and pepper in a bowl.
Add the minced garlic cloves, two tablespoons of red wine vinegar, and three tablespoons of olive oil in a bowl and mix well.
Grated cucumber in a towel.
Squeeze the grated cucumber with the help of a kitchen towel to release the remaining liquid.
Grated cucumber with olive oil in a bowl.
Add it to the bowl with the olive oil and vinegar and mix well.
Grated cucumber, yogurt in a spoon in a bowl.
Pour yogurt into the bowl with the rest of the ingredients and mix with a spoon.
A hand scattering dill on top of tzatziki.
Stir in most of the dill.

Season with sea salt and plenty of freshly ground pepper to taste.

Refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving. 

A bowl with tzatziki with chopped dill on top, some dill and garlic and a wooden spoon next to it.

Serve with some chopped dill on top and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Tips For A Great Tzatziki

  • The cucumber. Two or three small or one long English cucumber are ideal for tzatziki. Choose the best tasting available. Try to grate the cucumber on the coarse part of the grater (with the biggest holes) in repeated movements from top to bottom (and not continuously, like grating cheese). This method will give you crispier cucumber stripes that you can enjoy in every bite. Place the grated cucumber in a sieve, lightly salt it and leave it for half an hour to extract its water. Because the cucumber contains even more water, place it in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze to release even more water.
  • Use good quality strained yogurt. Regular plain yogurt is watery and will release more liquid, while the tzatziki is refrigerated. Greek yogurt from cow’s milk is preferred due to its mild aroma and taste. Avoid using a fat free yogurt, in tzatziki you need it full fat or at least 2% fat. Our favorite is Fage Total 5% Whole milk Greek yogurt.
  • For a very garlicky tzatziki, use one garlic clove per 1/2 cup yogurt. If you wish to reduce its intensity, you can use garlic paste, a little at a time, until it reaches your desired flavor.
  • Choose a good quality red wine vinegar, tzatziki is worth it.
  • If fresh dill is not available, substitute with mint, cilantro or parsley.
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A bowl with tzatziki with chopped dill on top.

Perfect Tzatziki Sauce

by Jenny | The Greek Foodie
Our authentic tzatziki recipe is fresh, creamy, and really easy to make.
4.67 from 9 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Refrigerating time 1 hour
Course Appetizer, Appetizer-snack, Side Dish
Cuisine Greek
Servings 6
Calories 80 kcal

Equipment

  • Grater

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1 english cucumber
  • 1-2 garlic cloves minced
  • ¼ bunch of fresh dill finely chopped 
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper

Instructions
 

  • Grate the cucumber using the large grates of a grater. Place grated cucumber in a colander in the sink. Add a pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Let it rest to release its liquids for 15 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic cloves, two tablespoons of red wine vinegar, and three tablespoons of olive oil in a bowl and mix well.
  • Squeeze the grated cucumber with the help of a kitchen towel to release the remaining liquid. Add it to the bowl and mix well. Stir in most of the dill.
  • Lightly whisk the yogurt with a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil to develop a creamy texture. Pour yogurt into the bowl with the rest of the ingredients and mix with a spoon.
    Season with sea salt and plenty freshly ground pepper to taste.
  • Refrigerate for 1-2 hours (please see recipe notes). 
    Serve with some chopped dill on top, with more sliced cucumber and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Notes

  • After mixing the ingredients, the dip should be refrigerated for at least one hour for better results.
  • Good quality Greek yogurt is essential for a great tzatziki. Avoid fat-free yogurts and prefer full-fat or at least 2% fat. Our favorite is FAGE Total 5% Plain Greek Yogurt.
  • A delicate extra virgin olive oil and zingy red wine vinegar are your friends when making tzatziki.
  • If fresh dill is unavailable, substitute it with mint, cilantro, or parsley.
 
Nutritional Info – Please keep in mind that nutritional information provided is only an estimate and can vary based on the products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 80kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 5gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 20mgPotassium: 144mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 53IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 1mg
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Perfect Tzatziki Dip

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