With a few simple and wholesome ingredients like grated cucumber, creamy Greek yogurt, fresh dill, and tangy vinegar, this quick and easy Tzatziki Sauce will be a new favorite! Use it as a sauce, dressing, or dip for a refreshing addition to meat or vegetarian dishes.
Tzatziki sauce is a refreshing balance of creamy and tangy. It is the perfect accompaniment to kabobs, gyros, fish, veggie platters, or fries, and can be made in just 10 minutes!
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What You'll Love About This Tzatziki Sauce
- Quick and Easy! - This sauce can be prepared in under 10 minutes!
- Healthy Addition - This tzatziki sauce is low carb, contains 4 grams of protein per serving, and only 75 calories!
- Oh-So-Versatile - Use this sauce as a dressing, dip, or drizzle. Add it to chicken, fish, or beef. Serve it with veggie platters, gyros, or kabobs. It can even be used as a marinade for chicken breast!
What is Tzatziki Sauce?
Tzatziki sauce is a creamy sauce made from Greek yogurt, grated cucumber, fresh dill, and garlic. Traditionally, it is made from strained sheep or goat's milk yogurt, but a full-fat Greek yogurt is commonly found in most modern tzatziki recipes. Tzatziki originated in the Middle East and was originally used as a way to make spicy dishes a little more mild.
Ingredient Notes & Possible Substitutions
- Whole Milk Plain Greek Yogurt - I prefer whole milk Greek yogurt for this recipe because it is extra rich and creamy. Using low-fat Greek yogurt will make the sauce a lot less creamy and more tangy.
- English Cucumber - I don't recommend using another variety of cucumber because the skin can be too tough and will not work well in the tzatziki sauce.
- EVOO - Select a high-quality extra virgin olive oil for this recipe.
- Fresh Dill - In addition to fresh dill, you can also use some fresh mint! You can add additional dill if you like it extra herby!
- Garlic - If you are a garlic lover, throw in an extra clove!
- Red Wine Vinegar - White vinegar or lemon juice can also be used. If using lemon juice, add a little extra to get the right amount of tanginess.
How to Make Tzatziki Sauce
Tzatziki sauce is super simple to make and adds a lot of flavor to all sorts of dishes.
Start by grating the cucumber on a cheese or vegetable grater. You will want about ¼ cup of unpacked grated cucumber before the moisture has been removed. Take the grated cucumber and place it between several folded paper towels and squeeze. Do this a few times until the cucumber pulp is fairly dry.
Mince the garlic and dill and then combine in a bowl with all other ingredients including the cucumber. Mix it all together and there you have it!
- Be sure to remove as much moisture as possible from the grated cucumber. Squeeze and squeeze some more. This will prevent the sauce from becoming too watery and separating.
- Make this tzatziki sauce your own! Taste and adjust the flavors to meet your preferences.
- Scale this recipe up if needed. This recipe will yield just under 1 cup of sauce. Double the recipe if you are serving it as a dip.
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Easy Tzatziki Sauce
- Paper towels
- Cutting board
- Mixing bowl
- Grate ¼ of a large English cucumber using a cheese or veggie grater. You should have about ¼ cup of grated cucumber before squeezing the moisture out.
- Place the grated cucumber between several folded paper towels and squeeze out excess moisture over a bowl or sink. You may need to do this more than once. Once you feel like you can't squeeze any more moisture, add the cucumber to a mixing bowl.
- Finely chop dill and peel and mince garlic. Add all the ingredients to the mixing bowl with the cucumber and stir together until everything is well incorporated. Taste the sauce and adjust the salt, dill, garlic, and/or vinegar to taste.