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Overhead shot of tzatziki sauce in bowl, with pita chips dipped.

Easy Tzatziki Sauce

Creamy sauce or dip made with cucumber, garlic, dill and Greek yogurt or sour cream. Perfect served with Greek chicken or with crispy pita chips.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword tzatziki sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 5 people
Calories 61 kcal
Author Anna

Ingredients

  • 1 English cucumber
  • 1 and 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 3 tsp minced garlic see note
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 and 1/2 Tablespoon dried dill
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Grate cucumber and squeeze of any excess juice.
  2. Place grated cucumber, Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, dried dill, olive oil, salt and pepper in a medium mixing bowl. Stir together well.
  3. Cover bowl and place in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Serve with Greek chicken or fish, tomatoes, olives and pita bread OR as a dip with baked pita chips.

Recipe Notes

You need to squeeze the cucumber of any excess moisture or the sauce will be watery, especially after it sits in the fridge to chill. I recommend using English cucumbers as they have less water, they are mostly seedless and their skin is thinner so no need to peel it. If you are using plain cucumbers, I recommend peeling the waxy thick skin off. Place shredded cucumber on a double layer of paper towels or in a colander with small holes, and squeeze or press the juice out. You can use it in smoothies or cocktails or just simply drink it up. 

Garlic: fresh, grated will be the strongest so go small and add to taste. Minced, stored in olive oil will be fairly mellow (and that's what I used here) so you can use easily 2 teaspoons and add more to taste. The strength of garlic powder sometimes depends on the brand so start with 1 teaspoon and add more to taste. 

If you don't have Greek yogurt on hand, use sour cream. I recommend full fat. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Tzatziki Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 61 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Sodium 234mg10%
Potassium 88mg3%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Vitamin A 65IU1%
Vitamin C 3.4mg4%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.