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Easy Tzatziki sauce is light, creamy, and full of bright flavors, making it a versatile sauce. You can use it as a dipping sauce for breads or vegetables, on gyros, or as a condiment. You’ll be amazed at how quickly this recipe comes together.

A bowl of tzatziki sauce garneshed with s sprig of dill, surrounded by fresh cucumber slices and baby carrots

Tzatziki sauce is wildly popular and extremely important in Greek cuisine. Traditionally, you could find it served with pita bread, Souvlaki, and gyros. We love this as a dip with fresh, crunchy vegetables. But there’s nothing quite like a gyro: pita bread, gyro meat, lettuce, diced tomato, onions, and of course, Tzatziki sauce. 

Tzatziki sauce can only be as good as the ingredients used. High quality extra-virgin olive oil, full-fat greek yogurt, fresh squeezed lemon juice, crisp cucumbers, and fresh (not dried) dill will all make for an amazing Tzatziki sauce. Store bought lemon juice and bottom shelf olive oil have no place in an authentic Tzatziki sauce recipe. Simple, quality, fresh ingredients are what make this recipe so exceptional.

  • Fresh Dill Substitutes:

    We highly recommend fresh dill. However, if you need to substitute, you can replace with 1 teaspoon of dried dill. You can also substitute with fresh mint leaves or parsley.

  • Yogurt Options for Tzatziki Sauce:

    The flavor is in the fat! We used and recommend full-fat greek yogurt. However, you can use any plain yogurt.

  • Bottled vs. Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice:

    Store bought, bottled lemon juice truly will not do in a homemade Tzatziki sauce. This recipe really needs the flavor and brightness from freshly squeezed lemons.

Tzatziki sauce on top of a homemade gyro

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dipping cucumber in tzatziki sauce
Easy Tzatziki sauce is light, creamy, and full of bright flavors, making it a versatile sauce. You can use it as a dipping sauce for breads or vegetables, on gyros, or as a condiment. You’ll be amazed at how quickly this recipe comes together.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 cucumber diced (optional)
Instructions
  • Prepare the tzaziki sauce by combining all ingredients in a small bowl. Stir until well combined. Set aside.
  • Open up each of the pita pocket breads so that it can be stuffed full of goodness. Careful not to tear. Stuff full of the vegetable fillings, spread a little tzaziki sauce in there for flavor.
Notes
Tzaziki sauce is a greek yogurt cucumber dip. Some recipes call for mint or parsley in addition to or replacing the dill in the recipe above, depending on the region. You’ll find this in countries beyond just Greece. Turkey, Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Iraq, and Iran all of their own versions. It’s light, creamy, and full of bright flavors making it a versatile sauce. You can find it as a dipping sauce for breads or vegetables, on gyros, or used as a condiment.

Nutrition

Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 622mg | Potassium: 345mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 108IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: Tzatziki Sauce
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Gayle Akkad
August 8, 2020 6:49 am

5 stars
Oh goodness my familys been eating this spread for years. Except we us dried mint instead of dill. We serve this with rice dishes and use like a mayo spread also. Never ate this before but married a Arab 43 years ago and have this almost with every rice dish. Thanks again for sharing.

Melissa Roberts
July 16, 2020 7:05 pm

5 stars
OMG! My husband fell in love with me all over again after I made this for him. 🥰. It’s soo good

LILLIE
July 15, 2020 6:42 pm

5 stars
LOVE IT!!!!😋

Marianne
June 18, 2020 7:23 am

5 stars
Delicious!!! So creamy!!

Lynn
May 18, 2020 5:55 pm

5 stars
Delicious! I think the garlic clove makes it for me. I used the sauce on sweet potato and black bean burgers. It was exactly the right finish.

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