If you enjoy Greek food, you probably love tzatziki – a sauce made from Greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and herbs. It’s a delicious dressing, dipping sauce, and a must-have for your next gyro or Cava-inspired rice + grain bowl night at home.

Your grocery list


  • Cucumber (use seedless, if you don’t want to have seeds in your tzatziki or if you don’t feel like doing the extra work of cutting around/picking them out)
  • Mint
  • Dill
  • Garlic
  • Lemons


  • Whole milk plain Greek yogurt (the thicker, the better – you want something to balance the moisture being added from the cucumber and lemon juice)

Pantry Items/Seasonings

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Dried oregano

Equipment/tools you’ll need

  • Vegetable peeler
  • Grater
  • Cheesecloth, for draining excess moisture from the cucumber (a clean dish towel will work)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mason jar or Tupperware, for storage

Ways to enjoy tzatziki

  • With pita chips
  • Add it to a gyro
  • Pair it with a lamb burger or lamb chops
  • Top your next Mediterranean-style rice bowl or salad with it
  • Use it as a dipping sauce for lamb meatballs

tzatziki in a ramekin with fresh herbs and lemon


A Greek sauce made from yogurt, cucumber, garlic, lemon and herbs
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 2 cups


  • Vegetable peeler
  • Grater
  • Cheesecloth
  • Mixing bowls
  • Mason jars or tupperware


  • ¾ cup finely grated cucumber 1 large cucumber, peeled and grated
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped dill optional but recommended
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped mint optional
  • 2 garlic cloves grated
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Dried oregano optional garnish


  • Place the cucumber on cheesecloth or a towel and gently squeeze out the excess water.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the cucumber, yogurt, dill, mint, garlic, lemon juice and zest, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Chill until ready to use. Garnish with dried oregano, if using.


  • If you aren’t a fan of dill and/or mint, these can be left out of your tzatziki. The stars of the sauce are the cucumber and garlic, so feel free to adjust the other ingredients according to your preferences. 
  • Use 1-2 garlic cloves for a mellow garlic flavor and 3 (or more) garlic cloves for a spicier punch.
  • Use the cheesecloth to squeeze as much liquid as possible from the cucumber. This will help prevent the final sauce from having too much liquid. Storing the sauce with a clean paper towel for 1-2 hours also helps draw out some of that excess moisture.
Keyword Cucumber, Dill, Garlic, Lemon, Mint, Tzatziki

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