This creamy and easy tzatziki sauce recipe is made with Greek yogurt, fresh cucumbers and herbs. Comes together in just 10 minutes and tastes great with vegetables and flat bread or on a sandwich or salad.
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Easy Homemade Veggie Dip
Whenever I make a big Mezze platter, I always add a bowl of tzatziki sauce and homemade hummus. I love both, but tzatziki may take the cake for me. It has the perfect creamy texture and is one of those sauces that you just can’t get enough of!
Tzatziki sauce is a traditional Greek yogurt and cucumber creamy sauce. It’s served with many traditional Greek dishes and can also be used as a vegetable dip. This is my version on the classic dip.
It has the perfect creamy texture from the yogurt and fresh flavor from the cucumber and herbs. Not only does it taste delicious, but it’s super easy to make. This simple recipe comes together in less than 10 minutes!
Why This Recipe Works
- Minimal ingredients and time. Made with just 5 ingredients in 10 minutes, there’s no reason not to make homemade tzatziki sauce whenever you get the craving!
- Texture and flavor. Creamy, tangy and garlicky with a zing of lemon juice and fresh zucchini shreds mixed throughout. This recipe is everything you’re looking for in a Greek tzatziki sauce.
- Versatile. Enjoy it as a dip with veggies, spread it on a wrap or sandwich or use it as a marinade for chicken, the options are endless when it comes to serving tzatziki.
Only 5 Ingredients
With only 5 simple ingredients, you’ll be making this easy tzatziki sauce recipe every time you crave Mediterranean food! Check them out below.
Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.
- Greek Yogurt: This is a base of the dip. Make sure to use plain Greek yogurt.
- Cucumber: Shredded cucumber is what sets this dip apart from others.
- Lemon: The fresh lemon juice brings the perfect tang to this homemade tzatziki sauce.
- Olive oil: This brings the sauce together. I like to use extra virgin olive oil.
- Garlic: If you love the garlic flavor, feel free to double the amount.
- Salt and Pepper: I don’t typically count this in my ingredient list, but make sure you season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add in fresh herbs such as mint, fresh dill, parsley or basil (mint and dill are my favorites). Or give it a sprinkle of Greek seasoning for more flavor.
- If you want the sauce to be a little sweet, feel free to mix in a teaspoon or two of sugar or honey.
- If you want to add a little heat, add in 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin.
How to Make Tzatziki Sauce
No heavy lifting required to make this recipe. Just grate the zucchini, mix the ingredients together and let the tzatziki sauce sit to develop more flavor. It’s as easy as that!
- Squeeze. Grate the cucumber using a box grater and then squeeze out all the excess water with a cheesecloth or thick paper towel.
- Mix. Stir together the grated cucumber, yogurt, lemon, garlic and salt. Then add in fresh thyme or mint if desired (about 1-2 Tablespoons of each).
- Let Sit. Allow the sauce to sit for about 10 minutes to help the flavors meld together. Then season with salt and pepper.
Ways to Use Tzatziki Sauce
- Chicken gyros: Tzatziki sauce is one of my favorite sauces to add to a chicken gyro. It adds the perfect flavor. It really could be added to any sandwich as well.
- Fresh vegetables: I love this sauce to dip vegetables in. Some of my favorites are cucumber, carrots, snap peas, bell peppers and carrots.
- Grilled vegetables: This creamy sauce also tastes delicious on grilled vegetables or roasted vegetables.
- Flat bread: Dip your favorite naan or pita bread into the sauce. So yummy!
- Boards: Add to your favorite charcuterie board or vegetable platter.
- Salad: Add a dollop to you favorite Greek salad or Mediterranean salad.
Yes, this is a low calorie dip that is low carb. It’s made from all fresh whole food ingredients.
The Greek yogurt and cucumber gives a fresh and tangy flavor. It has a refreshing and cool flavor.
If you don’t have cucumber, you could use grated zucchini or celery.
Store any leftovers in an airtight container or jar in the fridge for up to 1 week. Make sure to give it a big stir before serving again, as some of the liquid may separate a bit.
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- 3/4-1 cup grated cucumber (about 1 cucumber, no need to peel)
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (I use Fage 2% or full fat)
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice , plus more to taste
- ½ teaspoon minced garlic
- Salt , to taste
- Ground black pepper , to taste
- 1-2 Tablespoons fresh thyme or mint , optional
- Place the grated cucumber into a cheese cloth or paper towel and squeeze the extra water out over the sink.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the cucumber, yogurt, lemon, garlic, salt, and pepper until combined. Add thyme or mint, if desired.
- Let sit 10 minutes for the flavors to meld together. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.
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