Dip Essentials: Greek Tzatziki Sauce

Andy Anderson !


Tzatziki has its roots deep in Greek culture. It is a creamy, light sauce that you can drizzle on your food without adding a lot of calories. It has a tangy quality that, if you have never had it before, takes a few minutes for your taste buds and brain to realize that you like it.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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10 Min
No-Cook or Other



  • 1 large
    cucumber, about 10 – 12 ounces (285 – 340g)
  • 1 1/2 c
    greek yogurt, plain variety
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin variety
  • 2 Tbsp
    dill, freshly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp
    lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 clove
    garlic, minced
  • ·
    salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • ·
    white or black pepper, freshly ground, to taste

How to Make Dip Essentials: Greek Tzatziki Sauce


  2. Traditional Greek tzatziki is made with strained goat or sheep’s yogurt, but it is rather difficult to get in some parts of the country. The Greek yogurt sold here in the U.S. is strained yogurt. That is why I make my own; however, good plain yogurt will work just fine.
  3. I am using a seedless cucumber; however, if your cucumber has seeds, use it… it is more traditional.
  4. The dip will last in the fridge for 3 – 4 days.
  5. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  6. Peel and grate the cucumber on the large holes of a box grater.
  7. Add the cucumber to a large strainer, toss with a pinch or two of salt, and let drain for about 30 – 40 minutes.
  8. Add the drained cucumber and the remainder of the ingredients to a bowl.
  9. Stir to combine and add salt, or additional lemon juice, to taste.
  11. You can serve tzatziki in any number of ways:
    • Grilled Vegetables
    • Corn on the cob
    • Mushrooms
    • Bell peppers
    • Asparagus
    • Green beans
    • Appetizer spreads
    • Carrots
    • Toasted pita wedges
    • Raw vegetables
    • Olives
    • Grilled meats
    • Gyros

  12. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Dip Essentials: Greek Tzatziki Sauce

Course/Dish: Dips
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Greek
Other Tags: Quick & Easy Healthy

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