Authentic Greek Tzatziki

 I learned how to make this Tzatziki recipe while I was visiting Athens – everyone who tries it tells me that it’s the authentic tzatziki sauce recipe they were looking for!

I learned how to make this Tzatziki recipe while I was visiting Athens - everyone who tries it tells me that it's the authentic tzatziki sauce recipe they were looking for!

Let me start by apologizing for not posting this sooner.

I know I’ve promised you all sorts of Greek recipes, so starting today I am going to deliver!  First things first…. How to Make Tzatziki Sauce!

You may be wondering, “What is Tzatziki sauce?” This is a classic Greek appetizer (or “meze”) made from thick strained yogurt, cucumber, garlic, olive oil, and fresh dill.

It’s super simple to make and a hit at any get-together!

Authentic Greek Tzatziki Dip - learned in Athens!

While in Athens, I decided to take a cooking class on preparing classic Greek dishes.

One of the first things we made in that (six-hour + exhausting + amazing) class was this Tzatziki sauce! I was so thrilled when we made this, because I’ve been looking for the perfect homemade tzatziki recipe for ages. 

I made a few adjustments to suit my taste (mainly because I don’t like putting a TON of dill in my Tzatziki), but feel free to experiment with your own amounts of each ingredient!

Authentic Greek Tzatziki

Right, so back to this recipe. Here are the most important tips and tricks I picked up in class:

Best Tips for Making Tzatziki Sauce

Make sure your grated cucumber is well-drained. If you have time, you can drain it in cheesecloth or a fine mesh sieve overnight. I prefer the sieve as you can use it over and over.  If you need one of these, snag it on Amazon from one of the two links below:

If you’re in a rush, you can use your hands to squeeze the liquid out of the cucumber.

The longer the garlic rests in the yogurt, the less sharp bite it will have and the better it will taste.

For  best results, combine all of the ingredients except for the cucumber and dill, then let it rest overnight in the fridge while your cucumber is draining.

Add the dill at the last minute so it doesn’t overwhelm the rest of the flavors.

Also, if you are looking for a vegan tzatziki sauce or a dairy free tzatziki sauce, then just use coconut milk yogurt instead of Greek yogurt.

Authentic Greek Tzatziki

This is so tangy and delicious; perfect spread over some warm bread!

I also love to eat this sauce with raw veggies as a healthy snack option. There’s lots of protein in the yogurt, so it keeps me full for ages. 

I also love to use it as a spread for sandwiches, especially the kind that are made in a pita. These vegan pita sandwiches would be amazing with some tzatziki sauce spread inside!

Authentic Greek Tzatziki

While you’re at it, why not plan a fun little dinner party with a menu of Greek Mezes? I’d start with this Potato Skordalia, Classic Greek Salad, and Greek Feta and Red Pepper Dip.

If you have leftovers, make these adorable little Tzatziki Bites with Greek Salsa!

This sauce is also delicious with our Greek Chicken Souvlaki.

Of course, this Greek sauce is a great Gyro sauce and you can make your Homemade Greek Gyros with our recipes for Beef Gyros, Lamb Gyros, our recipe that combines those meats for Lamb and Beef Gyros or our Greek Chicken Gyros recipe.

Here is a photo our Delicious Chicken Gyros.

This Greek Chicken Gyros recipe has the most tender, marinated grilled chicken seasoned with all your favorite gyro spices, topped with authentic tzatziki sauce, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions and feta cheese wrapped in a pita bread for a delicious meal you will want to make again and again!

How to Make Tzatziki Sauce

Here I show you step by step how to make tzatziki sauce.

First, assemble the ingredients.

Tzatziki Ingredients

Grate 1/2 of a large cucumber, unpeeled.How to Make Tzatziki Sauce

Drain the grated cucumber through a fine mesh sieve.

How to Make Tzatziki Sauce

Allow the grated cucumber to drain overnight in the fridge by placing the sieve over a bowl and covering with plastic wrap. If you don’t have time to do the overnight drain, just press the cucumber in the sieve to press out more of the liquid.

How to Make Tzatziki Sauce

Add 1 1/2 cups plain, full-fat Greek yogurt, 2 large garlic cloves, finely minced, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of salt into a large bowl.

How to Make Tzatziki Sauce

Mix the yogurt and other ingredients well.

The yogurt mix should be smooth and consistent as shown below.

How to Make Tzatziki Sauce

Cover and refrigerate the yogurt mix overnight.

The next day, when you are ready to serve the tzatziki, mince the fresh dill to yield one tablespoon of dill.

Take the yogurt mixture out of the refrigerator and transfer the grated cucumber and fresh dill into the yogurt mixture.

How to Make Tzatziki Sauce

Stir well to combine in the cucumber and dill. 

The tzatziki sauce should be well combined as shown below.

How to Make Tzatziki Sauce

Serve chilled with pita bread and veggies for dipping.

Authentic Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

I’m getting hungry just looking at this deliciousness on a plate!

Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I convert this to a Vegan Tzatziki Recipe?

Yes, just substitute coconut milk yogurt for the yogurt in the same quantity as in the recipe.

Can I use dried dill?

Yes, you can use dried dill, but you should use less. Use 1 teaspoon dried dill instead of 1 Tablespoon of fresh dill.

How long does this generally keep in the refrigerator?

Generally, it should be fine for up to 3 days in a container with a lid in the refrigerator. Some of the water may separate, but you can just stir it back in before serving.

Can I put in the freezer to prolong its shelf life? 

Yes, you can freeze tzatziki sauce; however, it won’t have the same consistency as when it was freshly made. The cucumbers can get mushy in the freezer.
If you freeze your tzatziki sauce, make sure to store it packed in an airtight container, and then stir it very well before serving.

Here’s the Tzatziki Recipe!

Authentic Greek Tzatziki

Authentic Greek Tzatziki

I learned how to make this Tzatziki recipe while I was visiting Athens - everyone who tries it tells me that it's the authentic tzatziki sauce recipe they were looking for!

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a large cucumber, unpeeled
  • 1 1/2 cups plain full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill

Instructions

  1. Grate the cucumber and drain through a fine mesh sieve overnight in the fridge.
  2. Combine the yogurt, garlic, oil, vinegar, and salt in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Transfer the grated cucumber and fresh dill to the yogurt mixture and stir to combine. Serve chilled with pita bread for dipping.

Notes

For a vegan tzatziki and a dairy free tzatziki, use coconut milk yogurt instead of the Greek yogurt.

Nutrition

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 75|Total Fat: 6g|Saturated Fat: 2g|Trans Fat: 0g|Unsaturated Fat: 4g|Cholesterol: 6mg|Sodium: 148mg|Carbohydrates: 3g|Fiber: 0g|Sugar: 2g|Protein: 4g|

Nutrition information has been auto-calculated for your convenience.

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June 25, 2014 | Last Updated on August 3, 2021 by Linda

171 thoughts on “Authentic Greek Tzatziki”

  1. My husband and I love this recipe. We’ve served it with lamb to dinner guests and it’s always a hit. We like things tangy so I double the white vinegar. I also use a heavy hand with the dill.

    Reply
    • Hi Sheri,

      Yes, you can freeze tzatziki sauce; however, it won’t have the same consistency as when it was freshly made. The cucumbers can get mushy in the freezer.
      If you freeze your tzatziki sauce, make sure to store it packed in an airtight container, and then stir it very well before serving.

      – Linda

      Reply
  2. What do I lose by serving this right away and not leaving it in the refrigerator overnight? Does draining the grated cucumber make a large difference by leaving it in the refrigerator overnight?

    Reply
    • Hi Kathleen,

      You want to drain the cucumbers as much as possible so that you don’t have runny Tzatkiki.

      If you don’t have overnight. Drain for 1 hour and pat dry / squeeze out as much water as you can.

      – Linda

      Reply
  3. I made this to go with dolmas and pita bread I made for visiting vegan friends and it was the crown on the table. Everyone asked for the recipe. I steered them here. Thanks so much for sharing your incredible cooking skills with us. We only use avocado oil and it worked perfectly.

    Reply
  4. Is lemon juice the only acceptable substitute for the white vinegar, or could I use a red wine or apple cider vinegar? Please and thanks.

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  5. In the blog, it says 2 tablespoons of white vinegar but the recipe section says 1 tablespoon. Which one is correct? Thanks so much!

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      • Thank you so much for this recipe! I pretty much ate my weight in tzatziki when I visited Greece and have been missing true authentic tzatziki ever since! I’m lactose intolerant now and Fage makes a lactose free Greek yogurt (which is incredible!) that I use for this recipe. Not even joking I’ve made this at least 4 times in the last 3 weeks! So good!

  6. Wow,it looks delicious.I really love homemade dishes. Thank you for sharing. I will try to make this pickles for my family. I believe my family will like this very much. Love so much.

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