This Easy Cool & Creamy Tzatziki Sauce Recipe Will Be Your New BFF by Chef Gigi

This Easy Cool & Creamy Tzatziki Sauce Recipe Will Be Your New BFF

Tzatziki (taet-zeek-key) is a sauce or dip made with a combination of cucumber, fresh yogurt, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice or vinegar and fresh herbs. Cool tzatziki is so delicious and refreshing! And it's really versatile.

Use this easy tzatziki sauce recipe on everything – from a dip for raw vegetables or pita bread to a salad dressing or side for grilled beefporklamb or chicken. Store the prepared tzatziki in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You could add chopped fresh parsley in addition to the fresh dill. 

Cuisine: Greek
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12+


  • 1/2 large seedless cucumber, unpeeled, grated and set to drain (or rush the process by tossing in 1/2 teaspoon salt)
  • 1 1/2 cups plain full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Squeeze excess liquid from cucumber and wash off salt residue. Squeeze dry using a clean kitchen towel.
  2. Add prepared cucumber to a small bowl and combine with the yogurt, garlic, oil, lemon juice, salt and white pepper. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or as long as you can.
  3. Remove from refrigerator and add chopped fresh dill to the mixture. Stir to combine. Check and adjust seasoning. 

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Donna John
Love tzatziki, Chef Gigi Gaggero . Love it on grilled chicken or as a dip with grilled shrimp, and of course pita chips.
Meredith Schneider
YUM Chef Gigi Gaggero ! Gonna get freaky with your Tzatziki this weekend! Gonna put it on everything. Mmmmmmm!
Sheri B Doyle
I love Tzatziki! I am definitely making this when I get back to the States! For now I just have to dream of it.
Sheri B Doyle
I made this fantastic recipe last weekend, and it was a BIG hit. Thank you for the recipe Chef Gigi Gaggero
Chef Gigi
Yay! Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!
Julio Caro
Thanks For Sharing....
If I use 1/2 tsp salt to assist in the draining of liquid from the grated cucumber, maybe I could NOT rinse the cucumber (which seems counter-intuitive, since my ultimate goal is to remove water) and then add less or no salt when combining the rest of the ingredients?
Chef Gigi
Hi Smitty, Yes, it does sound counterintuitive, but it is an important step. Just pat dry before adding. If you think you need salt at the finish, adjust to your preference. This is one of my favorite dips hope you love it as much as I do!

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