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Closeup of Taztziki in a white bowl with dill leaves on top

How to Make Tzatziki

How to make tzatziki - a cucumber and yogurt sauce that is common in Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. Tzatziki goes great on so many things.

Course Appetizer, Dips, Sauces
Cuisine Greek, Mediterranean
Keyword how to make tzatziki, tzatziki recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 35 kcal
Author Marjorie @APinchOfHealthy


  • 2 cups grated cucumber (I used 1 large cucumber, 15.5 ounces weight)
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used 2%)
  • 1 garlic clove large-sized, finely minced or pressed, or 2 small cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Squeeze the juice out of the cucumber. I just did this with my hands over the sink with a strainer underneath to catch any rogue pieces that fall. You can also use a clean kitchen towel to squeeze it out.

  2. Add the cucumber, Greek yogurt, mince garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, dill and salt to a medium mixing bowl.

  3. Stir until well-combined. Heads up: those cucumber pieces will stick together, especially after being squeezed out. Use your spoon or spatula to break those clumps up.

  4. Serve with sliced veggies, pita bread, pita chips. It also goes great on any chicken, fish, kabobs, pita sandwiches, etc.

  5. Refrigerate leftovers for up to 4 days.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.

I highly recommend fresh lemon juice, as opposed to bottled, and fresh dill, as opposed to dried.

I used 2% Greek yogurt for this recipe. You can use any plain Greek yogurt. For best taste I recommend 2% or whole fat Greek yogurt.

You do no need to peel or seed the cucumber, but you can if you wish.

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Tzatziki
Amount Per Serving
Calories 35 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 155mg7%
Potassium 80mg2%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 1.9mg2%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.