I am NOT a fan of yogurt. At all. But I can eat this Greek Tzatziki Yogurt Sauce all day. In college I was studying in Italy and we took a long weekend to Greece. Everywhere we went there was Greek salads and tzatziki sauce. Traveling makes you braver than you would normally be, and I was eating things I would not typically touch. So I dove into some tzatziki and was HOOKED. It was such a simple sauce, with simple ingredients, but they just work so well together. I think that is a common thing in a lot of the amazing European food that I tried: simple, fresh flavors.
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The fresh and bright flavors shine through this cool and creamy dip. Once I put this out at a dinner party as an appetizer with some dippers. Some of our guests dove right in and then stopped and asked “Wait, what is this?” When I told them what it was, they were shocked because they were in love with it and were also not fans of yogurt. So if you or your friends and family are not yogurt people, odds are they will still love this stuff. 🙂
My favorite way to eat this Greek Tzatziki Yogurt Sauce is simply as a dip with a lot of great dunkers like cucumber slices, pita bread, carrots, etc. But it is also great on Greek recipes like gyros, grilled chicken, and pasta salad. Find some of our favorite Greek and tzatziki recipes here for some recipe inspiration!
If you are eating this Greek Tzatziki Yogurt Sauce right away, you could skip the draining and refrigerating steps. The draining of the cucumber makes it a little thicker as the water does not mix into the yogurt. I am a fan of refrigerating it always, because the flavors blend together more. Find our collection of tzatziki inspired recipes here!
- 1 large cucumber
- 1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
- 1 Tbsp fresh dill
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 large lemon (juiced)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Cut the cucumber in half. Save one half to slice for dunking or using in a recipe such as gyros, etc.
- Grate the cucumber. Toss with a pinch of salt and place the grated cucumber in a sieve (fine or small mesh strainer) over a small bowl to drain. This is important to remove the extra moisture so that the tzatziki does got get thinned out. Leave to drain in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or overnight. (You can skip the straining and just press as much liquid out as you can if you are in a time crunch, it will just result in a tzatziki that is a little thinner).
- In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, dill, garlic, oil, juice of 1 lemon, and salt. Whisk together.
- Add the grated cucumber to the yogurt mixture and chill in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes. Season to taste with additional lemon, salt, garlic, and dill as desired.
- Serve as part of a recipe or a dip with cucumbers, pita bread, carrots, etc.