Easy Tzatziki Recipe

Last updated: June 4th, 2024

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Make this easy tzatziki recipe in just 5 minutes for a bright and refreshing dip you can enjoy as a healthy snack with raw veggies.

Greek tzatziki with carrots and pita chips.

If you’ve ever eaten at a Mediterranean restaurant or enjoyed a gyro, you’ve probably had tzatziki. It’s a creamy cucumber and yogurt based dip or sauce that’s pretty much a staple in Greek diets – and it’s as delicious as it sounds! You can make this refreshing and healthy snack at home with just 5 ingredients and our easy tzatziki recipe.

Enjoy homemade tzatziki as a healthy snack with raw veggies or pita chips, serve it as an appetizer with toasted pita bread, or use it as a sauce for Mediterranean chicken, pita pockets, or gyros. When made with fresh ingredients and stored in an airtight container, it’ll stay good for up to 5 days in the fridge, so you can enjoy it all week long.

Easy Tzatziki Recipe Ingredients

All you need to make this 5 ingredient tzatziki sauce is:

  • Cucumber
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Minced garlic
  • Fresh dill
  • Sea salt

We recommend using a brand of Greek yogurt that has a thicker consistency if you prefer a thicker, creamier tzatziki. Our go-to is Fage 5% milkfat Greek yogurt – it’s perfect for this easy tzatziki recipe!

Although it may be tempting, don’t skip out on the fresh dill. It adds some much-needed zing to this tzatziki and is a big reason why this Greek dip tastes so fresh.

Greek tzatziki sauce served with carrots and pita chips.

How To Make Our Easy Tzatziki Recipe

You can make an authentic homemade tzatziki sauce in just a few minutes with a food processor and a mixing bowl. Here’s how:

  1. First, slice the cucumber into chunks (it doesn’t matter how big) and add them to a food processor. Pulse a few times until the cucumber is roughly chopped into small pieces. Avoid processing too much, or the excess liquid will make your tzatziki a bit watered down.
  2. Then, transfer the cucumber to a mixing bowl. Add the Greek yogurt, garlic, dill, and salt and stir until well combined.
  3. Finally, serve fresh or store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

You’ll want to leave the cucumber skins on for this recipe. Most of the nutrients are actually in the skin, and it helps prevent the cucumber from turning too mushy in the food processor.

If you don’t have a food processor, you can simply chop the cucumber into small pieces. Just make sure to transfer all the juices from the cutting board into the mixing bowl so that the yogurt gets infused with all of the cucumber flavor.

What Do You Eat Tzatziki With?

You can serve tzatziki as a dip or use it as a sauce in any number of dishes! We love adding a few tablespoons to our Mediterranean veggie and rice bowls or pita pockets. Tzatziki also goes great alongside a dish of Mediterranean chicken or in a gyro.

But honestly, one of the best ways to enjoy tzatziki is as a healthy dip with your favorite veggies and snacks. Here are some of our favorite things to eat with tzatziki:

  • Carrots
  • Bell pepper
  • Cucumber
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Pita chips
  • Pretzels
  • Pita bread
A bowl of Greek tzatziki sauce.

Tzatziki FAQs

What is tzatziki sauce made of?

Tzatziki sauce is made with cucumber, yogurt, salt, and fresh herbs. Our recipe uses fresh dill and garlic for additional depth of flavor.

What does tzatziki taste like?

Tzatziki has a cool, refreshing flavor from the cucumber, with bright citrus undertones (thanks to the fresh dill) and a hint of garlic.

Is tzatziki healthy to eat?

Yes! Tzatziki is very healthy to eat, thanks to the two main ingredients: cucumber and Greek yogurt. Cucumbers are very nutritious and low in calories. Greek yogurt is a great source of protein and can promote good gut health. Tzatziki is a delicious and healthy snack, especially when enjoyed with carrots or bell pepper. 

What do you eat tzatziki with?

Tzatziki goes great with raw veggies like carrots, bell pepper, or cherry tomatoes for a healthy snack or appetizer. Or, you can serve it with pita bread, pita chips, or crackers for a more savory snack. You can also use it as a condiment for gyros, pita pockets, or Mediterranean chicken.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Tzatziki is a bright and refreshing condiment that you can enjoy as an appetizer, side dish, healthy snack, or sauce for main dishes like chicken and vegetables. It’s so simple and easy to prepare authentic tzatziki with just 5 ingredients, and it’ll stay good in your fridge all week long! Which makes it the perfect snack to whip up at the beginning of the week and enjoy with carrots or pita chips whenever the craving strikes.

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Easy Tzatziki Recipe

Make this easy tzatziki recipe in just 5 minutes for a bright and refreshing dip you can enjoy as a healthy snack with raw veggies.
Servings 1.5 cups
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ medium cucumber
  • ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt 5% milkfat
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons fresh dill minced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  • First, slice the cucumber into chunks and add them to a food processor. Pulse a few times until the cucumber is roughly chopped into small pieces.
  • Transfer the cucumber and juices to a mixing bowl. Add Greek yogurt, garlic, dill, and sea salt and stir until well combined.
  • Serve fresh or store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Notes

Greek yogurt: We prefer our tzatziki to have a thicker, creamier consistency, so we like using Fage 5% milkfat Greek yogurt. Experiment with different brands to see what texture you like best.
Processing the cucumber: Try to avoid over-processing the cucumber – you want to end up with small chunks that you can actually see and taste the texture of in the tzatziki. If you process it too much, the excess liquid will make your tzatziki a bit watered down. Also – leave the skin on! It’ll help the chunks of cucumber stay together, and that’s where most of the nutrients are.
Serving suggestions: You can serve tzatziki as a dip or use it as a sauce in any number of dishes. We love adding a few tablespoons to our Mediterranean veggie and rice bowls or pita pockets. Tzatziki also goes great alongside a dish of Mediterranean chicken or in a gyro. Or, serve it as a dip with raw veggies or pita crackers. Check out our blog post above for more suggestions.
 
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Author: Nicole
Calories: 75kcal
Course: Appetizer, Appetizers, Dip, Ingredients, Snack, Snacks
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: cucumber, fine sea salt, fresh dill, garlic, greek yogurt, healthy, party appetizer, party snack

Nutrition

Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 813mg | Potassium: 249mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 63IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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