An Italian Grandma's Easy & Tasty Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe by Ann Marie Patitucci

An Italian Grandma's Easy & Tasty Greek Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Over time I’ve come to believe that this delicious Greek sauce is more versatile than I once thought. Serve this easy tzatziki recipe with fresh vegetablespita bread, crackers, olives, in gyros, on lamb or kebabspork tenderloin, sandwiches, even on burgers.

With only two steps, it’s an easy dip or condiment to throw together for last-minute guests or just because your family loves it! Note the tips for removing water/moisture for a rich and creamy tzatziki sauce.

Cuisine: Greek
Prep Time: 20 minutes plus 8 hours to freeze
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours and 20 minutes
Servings: Makes about 5 cups


  • 1 container (32 ounces) plain low-fat yogurt, strained using cheesecloth or a paper towel (or use Greek yogurt which typically doesn’t need to be strained)
  • 1 English cucumber with peel, grated (wrap in a paper towel to remove the moisture)
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Stir together yogurt, grated cucumber, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil in a bowl. Add lemon zest, dill, salt and pepper. Whisk until smooth. Taste and add additional lemon juice, salt and/or pepper, if you like.
  2. Pour into a serving dish, cover tightly and refrigerate 8 hours before serving.

Grandma’s Tip: Before placing the sauce in the refrigerator, put a piece of sliced bread on top. This will draw out excess liquid, resulting in a wonderfully rich, creamy tzatziki dip. Just be sure to remove the bread before serving!

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Cheesecloth $5 & Up
Olive Oil $4 & Up
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Elisa Schmitz
Mmm! I love tzatziki. Mediterranean flavors are so tasty and go so well in many healthy recipes.
Adds so much zestiness to meals. 😍

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