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tzatzikie sauce with olive

Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: none
  • Cuisine: Greek


Mouth-watering homemade Tzatziki Sauce is a classic Greek dip recipe. Tangy yogurt combines with cucumber and dill for a sauce perfect for dipping vegetables or adding to gyros or burgers.


Units Scale
  • 3 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 large English cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Grate cucumber into a bowl.
  2. Wrap in a cheesecloth (improvise with a few layers of paper towel if you don't have cheesecloth) and squeeze or press through a sieve to remove as much moisture as possible.
  3. In a food processor combine cucumber, garlic, and lemon juice. Pulse until combined. (For a smoother texture pulse more, for a chunkier dip pulse less.)
  4. Stir mixture into yogurt until uniform, add dill if desired or wait until just before serving.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving. Top with a dollop of olive oil if desired before serving.

Keywords: Tzatziki