Table of Contents
  1. Why I love this tzatziki recipe
  2. Homemade Tzatziki Sauce Ingredients
  3. How to Make Homemade Tzatziki Sauce
  4. Tips for Storage and Serving for this Tzatziki Recipe
  5. Watch how to make this tzatziki sauce
  6. Have I convinced you to make this recipe?
  7. Homemade Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

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Learn how to make delicious Tzatziki Sauce at home with a mixture of cucumber, Greek yogurt, dill, mint, and more. Perfect for dipping, drizzling, or using as a spread!

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Why I love this tzatziki recipe

I wholeheartedly believe that sauces are the magic of cooking. Have you ever heard of someone loving a plain burger or chicken sandwich? I mean, those people do exist, but I think they’re few and far between. And that’s because everyone loves a good sauce to dollop and spread on top of their favorite sandwich, use as a dip, or eat by the spoonful. This homemade tzatziki sauce is no different. With a mixture of Greek yogurt, herbs, lemon juice, and garlic, this easy-to-make sauce is the perfect complement to any Mediterranean-forward recipe. Make this recipe once, taste it, and I’m certain you will continue to make it for years to come!

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Homemade Tzatziki Sauce Ingredients

Here are some of the ingredients you will need to make this homemade tzatziki sauce:

  • Cucumbers have a unique texture and fresh flavor and are mixed with Greek yogurt to form the base of any tzatziki sauce. Note that cucumbers do have a high water content, so I make sure to squeeze them in a paper towel to draw out any excess liquid. This will prevent the tzatziki sauce from being too watery when mixed together. Personally, I do not peel my cucumbers as I do not mind the texture, but if you do not love the additional texture, feel free to peel yours.
  • Greek yogurt has the perfect level of tanginess and texture for a tzatziki sauce. It’s the traditional base for tzatziki sauce because it is thicker and creamier than regular yogurt. 
  • Garlic is one of my favorite ingredients to use because of its pungent flavor. In this sauce, the garlic is grated to make sure there are no large pieces that would be unpleasing to eat.
  • Fresh dill is a traditional flavor in any Greek cuisine and works wonderfully in a yogurt-based sauce, like this tzatziki. It has a slightly sweet, anise flavor and pairs really well with ground turkey.
  • Fresh mint has a refreshing, cool flavor that is a unique addition to this homemade tzatziki sauce. While not traditional, this herb adds a flavor undertone that is super delicious.
  • Lemon juice is used to add a bit of acidity to the sauce as well as some brightness.

How to Make Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

There are two main steps to make this simple tzatziki sauce:

  1. Prepare the cucumbers
  2. Mix everything together

Step 1: Prepare the cucumbers. Grate cucumbers into a paper towel placed in a strainer. Squeeze out the water from the cucumber.

Step 2: Mix everything together. Place the grated cucumber into a medium bowl and add the Greek yogurt. Grate in a garlic clove. Chop up the fresh dill and fresh mint, and add the fresh herbs to the bowl along with kosher salt and black pepper. Squeeze in the fresh lemon juice, making sure not to add any seeds. Mix everything together.

Tips for Storage and Serving for this Tzatziki Recipe

To store: Place any leftovers in the refrigerator until ready to use. When stored in the fridge, the sauce should last for 5 to 7 days.

To serve: There are so many ways to serve this tzatziki sauce. Get creative and try it with new things, but some of my favorite ways to enjoy this sauce are with the following:

  • As a condiment for burgers, sandwiches, and wraps. Make sure to try this sauce with my favorite Greek turkey burgers
  • Spooned into gyros
  • Alongside fresh veggies as a dip. Drizzle some good-quality extra-virgin olive oil over the top for an added flavor bonus!
  • As a sauce to spread on top of chicken
  • As a dip for pita chips or pita bread

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Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

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Learn how to make delicious tzatziki sauce at home with a mixture of cucumber, Greek yogurt, dill, mint, and more. Perfect for dipping, drizzling, or using as a spread!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 cup


  • ½ cup grated cucumber
  • ¾ cup whole-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice (about ½ a lemon)
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh dill
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh mint
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper


  • Place the grated cucumber in a towel, squeeze, and discard the excess liquid. Then, place the cucumber in a bowl.
    ½ cup grated cucumber
  • To the bowl, add the Greek yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, dill, mint, salt, and pepper. Whisk until combined and refrigerate until ready to use.
    ¾ cup whole-fat Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice (about ½ a lemon), 1 clove garlic, 1 tbsp minced fresh dill, 1 tbsp minced fresh mint, ½ tsp kosher salt, ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper


Serving: 1tbspCalories: 14kcal
Course Condiments
Cuisine Mediterranean
Difficulty Easy
Method Mixing

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