Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki is a popular Greek sauce that traditionally accompanies gyros, souvlaki, and calamari. This cooling combination of Greek yogurt mixed with garlic, cucumber, lemon juice and mint is also wonderful served as an appetizer with pita wedges, a spread for sandwiches, or thinned out with olive oil for a refreshing salad dressing.

Tzatziki Sauce

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  • 1 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely diced
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint, finely chopped

  1. Peel, seed and finely dice the cucumber. Place the cucumber in paper towels and squeeze as much excess moisture as possible.
  2. Place the squeezed cucumber in a medium bowl and add the Greek yogurt, salt, lemon juice, garlic, and mint. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving. Serve with grilled pita wedges.

Source: adapted from Cook’s Illustrated, July 2007

23 Responses to “Tzatziki Sauce”

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    Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 — March 30, 2011 @ 10:37 am

    If it were socially acceptable and my thighs would allow me, I could probably eat this stuff with a spoon. It’s so delicious. Thanks for a sharing a recipe for it.

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    Jenny — March 30, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    I’ve made tzatziki sauce one time but never as good as this one! Thanks for posting :)

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    Felicity @ Our Little Beehive — March 30, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    Definitely in my top 10 favorite foods!

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    freshandfoodie — March 30, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    YUM. One of my favorite sauces. Tzatziki is awesome on salmon, too. This made my mouth water!

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    Megan — March 30, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

    I do love this sauce but I’ve never made it at home. I’ll have to change that. It looks pretty simple!

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    katshealthcorner — March 30, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

    Do you think soy yogurt would work? Your sauce looks heavenly!!! 😀

    • Christina replied: — March 31st, 2011 @ 10:09 pm

      Go ahead and give it a try…just let me know how it turns out for you! 😉 I would just make sure that the yogurt it thick like Greek yogurt, otherwise you might need to let it drain for 30 minutes to get the proper consistency. You can drain it by lining a fine-mesh strainer set over a bowl with a triple layer of paper towels, just spoon the yogurt into lined strainer, cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

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    Michelle — March 30, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    I love the Greek food you’ve been posting! Do you have a recipe for homemade pitas? I’d love to make them from scratch but haven’t never tried. Keep the Greek food coming :-)

    • Christina replied: — March 31st, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

      Here is a great pita recipe that I use all the time! :)

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    Ellie — March 30, 2011 @ 2:54 pm

    thanks for this simple recipe!! ogmsh omgshhhhh i dono if you know this but Tzatziki is my faaaaaaaave sauce/dip/spread ever!! haha. oh yeah! i talked about Cedar’s tzatziki. great photos btw!!

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    briarrose — March 30, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

    A wonderful sauce. I make this one frequently.

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    muppy — March 30, 2011 @ 5:30 pm

    Yesterday I was thinking about making a tzatziki, now i know where to look :)

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    happywhennothungry — March 30, 2011 @ 7:02 pm

    I’ve never thought to make this at home, but what a simple and great recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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    Sara — March 30, 2011 @ 7:41 pm

    I love tzatziki sauce! I think I could just eat it plain. It’s so refreshing – perfect for the warmer months!

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    Maria @ Scandifoodie — March 30, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

    I need to try your recipe for this, it sounds delicious!

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    claudia lamascolo — March 30, 2011 @ 11:19 pm

    This is one of my favorites on Gyro’s and using as a dip for chicken wings coated in lemon… this sounds delightful cant wait to try this one!

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    Lucie — March 31, 2011 @ 3:52 am

    I often make tzatziki just to eat it straight out of the bowl… one of my favorites!

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    Katrina — April 7, 2011 @ 7:46 pm

    Everytime I have tzatziki sacuce it reminds me of the best thing in the summertime…cucumber salad. My mom is German and whenever my Omi comes to visit, she brings packets of salad dressings from Germany. All she does is thinly slice the cucumber, like paper thin, mix sour cream with the packet of seasoning, let it chill til the sour cream gets to a thin consistency, and then have the coolest, best tasting salad ever. I think I’m going to see if I can get my mom to use greek yogurt next time I’m home and see how that tastes! I’m curious to see if the yogurt will get to the right consistency, and if it does I’m sure it’ll be even more delicious than usual.

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