tzatziki sauce

How to Make Authentic Greek Tzatziki

If you’ve ever been to a Greek restaurant you’ve surely tried a traditional tzatziki sauce. It’s almost impossible not to love this authentic Greek dish. Enjoying tzatziki at home is easier than you think too!

What is it?

Tzatziki is a type of sauce made of yogurt, cucumber, olive oil, and spices. It can be served as a dip, spread, or sauce. Tzatziki is served chilled, giving it a refreshing and crisp taste.


The basic ingredients of a tzatziki recipe are: 

  • 1 ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups grated cucumber 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint or dill, chopped 
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced 
  • ½ teaspoon of sea salt 

As you make tzatziki more often, you might find you like different amounts of herbs, garlic, salt, or lemon juice.


Making tzatziki is very simple. Combine the ingredients listed above in a large mixing bowl and let sit for 5-10 minutes in the fridge. Then, taste the mixture and add additional herbs or spices as needed. Keep tzatziki chilled until you’re ready to serve it.

Serving Tzatziki

Tzatziki is most commonly served as an appetizer dip or spread. Serve with things like pita bread, fresh vegetables, cheese, and crackers. You can also find recipes for sandwiches and falafels using tzatziki as a sauce. Grilled vegetables and corn on the cob also pair well with this chilled sauce.

Tips and Tricks 

 The biggest complaint when people try to make tzatziki on their own is that the sauce is too watery. The watery sauce is due to the cucumbers, which hold lots of water. The best way to avoid a watery tzatziki sauce is to get the excess moisture out of the grated cucumber before it’s added to the sauce mixture. To remove excess water from the cucumber, squeeze it over the sink once it’s been grated. You’ll be shocked just how much water you’re able to squeeze out! 

Making your own tzatziki is easier than most people realize, so what’re you waiting for?! If it’s your first time making tzatziki, stick to the recipe exactly at first. Waiting 5 minutes to let the flavors mingle before tasting and adding any additional herbs and spices is a vital part of the process. Perfect the recipe for a quick and easy addition to any party or gathering!

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