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Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Simple Tzatziki Sauce is the perfect complement to virtually every meal. From a dip for fresh vegetables to a sandwich spread, to drizzle for a crisp salad, this tangy sauce will be a new staple. Plus, you won’t believe how easy this tzatziki sauce recipe is—in just minutes you can have a homemade dip that’s sure to receive rave reviews.

If you’re in the mood for more Greek food, try these grilled chicken kabobs, this Greek Salad, or this recipe for spanakopita triangles with feta.

Tzatziki sauce with greek yogurt, cucumbers and dill in a stone bowl.

Is Tzatziki Sauce Good for You?

In a word, yes. This healthy recipe is packed full of flavor thanks to simple and easy to find ingredients like dill, cucumber, and greek yogurt, along with many other spices. The use of Greek yogurt means this authentic, easy tzatziki sauce is packed full of satisfying protein and good-for-you probiotics.

How Long Does Homemade Tzatziki Sauce Last?

Tzatziki sauce should be consumed within 2-3 days of making it. The grated cucumbers will become more watery as they sit, which will change the texture of the recipe. Because this is an authentic version, there are no additives or preservatives added. I recommend consuming it the same day you make it, or the day after for best results.

Can you Freeze this Tzatziki Sauce Recipe?

I do not recommend freezing this recipe. Cucumbers are notorious for not handling the freezing and dethawing process well. If you attempt it, you may be left with a mushy, unappetizing sauce.

How do you Eat Tzatziki Sauce?

There are so many ways you can enjoy this tzatziki sauce. If you happen to have some left over and are wondering “what do I do with leftover tzatziki?”, some of my favorite ideas include:

  • An appetizer dip with fresh vegetables such as baby carrots, sliced bell peppers or broccoli
  • A flavor additive to your favorite protein bowl recipe
  • Serve it as a side to dip sweet potato fries in
  • Tasty sandwich spread
  • Dip for kabobs or grilled chicken, or salmon
  • Salad dressing
  • Served with wedges of pita bread
  • Make a Greek stuffed potato
  • Just eat it by the spoonful

Homemade tzatziki sauce with fresh dill and cucumber with skewered chicken kabobs.

What is Tzatziki Sauce Made Of?

Authentic tzatziki has a base of full-fat thick, strained yogurt mixed with fresh dill, cucumbers, and spices. Some recipes call for olive oil to add more fat content to the sauce, particularly if a low-fat yogurt was used. Other variations include swapping out yogurt for sour cream or adding parsley and/or mint in addition to dill.

How to Make Tzatziki Sauce

This is the best authentic tzatziki sauce recipe I have tried. Thankfully a homemade tzatziki sauce is an easy recipe to recreate.

The only slightly time-consuming part is grating and straining the cucumber, and even that takes minutes. Then,  take all of your ingredients, mix them together and enjoy. It’s that simple to learn how to make tzatziki.

Ingredients to learn how to make tzatziki sauce - greek yogurt, parsley, cucumber and spices in a bowl.

Tips to Make the Best Tzatziki Sauce

  • I recommend using a full-fat Greek yogurt, but if you only have a low-fat version on hand, you can add a couple of tablespoons of high-quality olive oil to up the fat content and flavor.
  • This recipe tastes much better with fresh dill. Make sure to chop it roughly—you do not want the dill to be too fine.
  • To grate your cucumber, you will need to peel it, then cut and de-seed it. Use a cheese grater or a zester to grate the cucumber, then use a cheesecloth to gently squeeze and strain out all the moisture to prevent a watery sauce.

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Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

This quick tzatziki sauce can be made in minutes. It's healthy and full of protein thanks to greek yogurt, but you can also make with sour cream.

Tzatziki sauce - From a dip for fresh vegetables to a sandwich spread, to drizzle for a crisp salad, this tangy sauce will be a new staple.

Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: tzatziki sauce, tzatziki sauce recipe
Calories: 65 kcal
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients

Tzatziki Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 cups greek yogurt, plain
  • 1/2 English cucumber, grated, then strained of juice
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp white vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup dill roughly chopped

Instructions

How to make the Tzatziki Sauce

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until everything is evenly distributed. Make sure the cucumbers are fully strained and de-seeded before adding them to the sauce.

    Taste and adjust for seasoning.

Nutrition Facts
Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 65 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 165mg7%
Potassium 107mg3%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 62mg6%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Welcome to Let the Baking Begin! I'm Marina and my love and passion for eating only the most delicious foods drive me to share that love here on Let the Baking Begin (since 2009). With over 20 years of experience in the kitchen, you know the recipes are tested and retested until perfect. I'm so happy to have you here. Enjoy! Read more...

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