Authentic Greek tzatziki sauce

Tzatziki sauce is the famous Greek yogurt and cucumber dip, often used to accompany grilled meat and fish, in gyros, but also enjoyed alone with bread or pita. Light and delicate, the tzatziki sauce is a refreshing dip, and also a mix of precious ingredients for the beauty of our skin.

In the original Greek recipe for tzatziki sauce, there is also quite a lot of garlic; if you do not love it or if you digest it with difficulty, I advise you to halve the doses and, in any case, to eliminate the central part, more indigestible, before crushing it. In order for your tzatziki sauce to have the right creamy consistency, it is important to squeeze the cucumbers well after grating them, so that they lose some of the vegetable water.

There are many variations of the tzatziki sauce, because a similar recipe is also used in Bulgarian and Iraqi cuisine; Greek yogurt, however, is irreplaceable; it is denser than regular yogurt and has an intense flavor. You can use both the whole and the lean one, which saves you some calories if you are on a diet. Another important ingredient is fresh dill, which is not always easy to find on sale: if you can’t find it, you can replace it with a few mint leaves.

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  • DifficultyVery easy
  • CostVery cheap
  • Preparation time15 Minutes
  • Rest time1 Hour 30 Minutes
  • Serving4 servings
  • Cooking methodNo cooking
  • CuisineGreek
  • SeasonalitySpring, Summer

Ingredients for the authentic Greek tzatziki sauce

11/2 cup greek yogurt (340 g – 12 oz)
1 cucumber (aprox 260 g – 9 oz)
2 cloves garlic
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 pinch salt
1 sprig dill
173,89 Kcal
calories per serving
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  • Power 173,89 (Kcal)
  • Carbohydrates 11,63 (g) of which sugars 8,61 (g)
  • Proteins 7,10 (g)
  • Fat 11,76 (g) of which saturated 3,45 (g)of which unsaturated 0,04 (g)
  • Fibers 0,90 (g)
  • Sodium 126,62 (mg)

Indicative values for a portion of 110 g processed in an automated way starting from the nutritional information available on the CREA* and FoodData Central** databases. It is not food and / or nutritional advice.

* CREATES Food and Nutrition Research Center: ** U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. FoodData Central, 2019.


1 Grater with large holes
1 Bowl
1 Strainer
1 Pot or other weight for squeezing cucumbers
1 Garlic Press
or1 Knife
1 Mortar with pestle
or1 Small bowl with a teaspoon

How to prepare tzatziki sauce according to the original Greek recipe

To prepare the tzatziki sauce, wash the cucumber, remove the tips and grate it with all the peel with a grater with large holes . Put it in a stainer, overlap a weight like a pot full of water and let it drain for about 30 minutes; after the time has elapsed, squeeze it with the help of a spoon or with your hands, so that it loses all the vegetation water.

squeeze cucumber fot tzatziki sauce

Peel the garlic, open each clove in half and remove the central part, then crush it with a garlic press making it fall back into a mortar. Pound it well, until it is almost creamy.

If you don’t have a garlic press, you can chop it very finely with a knife, while the mortar and pestle can be replaced by a bowl and a teaspoon. Add a spoon of the yogurt provided by the recipe to the crushed garlic and mix so as to incorporate all the garlic.

mix greek yogurt and chopped garlic for tzatziki dip

In a bowl, mix the remaining Greek yogurt with the one you added the garlic to. Also add the grated cucumbers.

add grated cucumber to greek yogurt for the tzatziki dip

Mix them with the yogurt. Add the oil (one tablespoon at a time) and mix to incorporate it into the sauce. Do the same with the vinegar; season with salt and also add the chopped fresh dill.

Mix well, until you obtain a homogeneous tzatziki sauce which you will put to rest in the refrigerator for about an hour.

authentic greek tzatziki sauce.need to rest in the fridge

You can serve the tzatziki sauce on bread or as a side dish for: grilled meat, grilled fish, cooked or raw vegetables

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How to store tzatziki

You can keep the Greek tzatziki sauce in a glass jar in the refrigerator for 2 or 3 days.

Dishes that go perfect with the Greek tzatziki sauce

In Greece, tzatziki sauce is often served alone, as an appetizer, garnished with a few Greek olives. It is used a lot as a dip for souvlaki, the famous skewers of meat or fish, or spread on pita, the traditional Greek bread. Having a delicate taste it can be combined with many flavors, used as a dip for all types of raw vegetables or for french fries, as a dressing for chicken salad, or to accompany grilled aubergines, dried meat or bresaola.

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