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Tzatziki sauce is rich, creamy, and full of flavor. Made with freshly grated cucumber, fresh dill, and plenty of garlic, this sauce is great as a dip or a spread. This recipe only takes 15 minutes to make!

Tzatziki sauce is rich, creamy, and full of flavor. Made with freshly grated cucumber, fresh dill, and plenty of garlic, this sauce is great as a dip or a spread. This recipe only takes 15 minutes to make!
overhead view of tzatzikis sauce with cucumber slices on top
overhead view of tzatzikis sauce with cucumber slices on top

Cool, fresh, and refreshing, Tzatziki sauce is a creamy Greek sauce made with cucumbers, garlic, dill, and a hint of lemon. It is great to use as a dip or slathered in sandwiches.  

I love a good dip/sauce for elevating a meal. Sauces are great to add a pop of color, flavor, and texture to your food. Some of my other favorites are Raita, wojapi sauce, and a simple black bean dip.

We often associate tzatziki with Greek food, but it can be found throughout the Middle East and Mediterranean as well, sometimes with added ingredients like mint or cilantro. Made with a thick and flavorful Greek yogurt, and plenty of garlic and dill, this flavorful sauce goes with almost everything!

hand dipping pita chip into tzatziki sauce bowl

How to make tzatziki sauce

This recipe is very simple to make! Here is a brief overview of the recipe to give you an idea of how it works. For the full set of directions and measurements, please make sure you scroll down to the recipe card below!

  1. Place the uncooked bulgur in a medium sized saucepan with the water. Bring to a simmer, cover with a lid, and cook until the bulgur is cooked through, about 12 minutes.
  2. Chop the parsley, cucumber, tomato, mint and green onion.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the vinaigrette dressing.
  4. When the bulgur is done, strain any excess water out.
  5. Place the cooked bulgur, chopped vegetables and herbs, and vinaigrette in a large mixing bowl and toss to coat.
  6. Cover with a lid and chill for at least 1 hour, or until ready to serve.

This sauce is amazingly simple to make! 

  1. Line a plate with paper towels.
  2. Grate the cucumber onto the paper towel and sprinkle with salt. This helps to remove some of the excess moisture in the cucumbers. Place another few paper towels folded together on top and allow to sit for a minute.
  3. Get out a medium sized mixing bowl and add in the greek yogurt, garlic, olive oil, white vinegar, salt, and dill.
  4. Press on the paper towels to squeeze out as much liquid from the cucumbers as you can, and then add in the grated cucumber to the greek yogurt mixture. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Cover and allow to sit in the fridge for at least two hours, or up to overnight for the best flavor.
  6. Enjoy!
collage showing how to grate cucumber and mix tzatziki

Storage instructions

This sauce can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge. Place it in an airtight glass container and use it within 3-4 days.

What can you use tzatziki sauce for?

Tzatziki sauce is great because you can serve it as part of a snack/appetizer, or as part of your meal! Try it

overhead view of tray with food and tzatziki sauce

Kids in the kitchen: How your kids can help you cook

Inviting your kids into the kitchen with you is a great way to help them learn important life skills, practice math, and also helps them to be more interested in the food served – which means they will be more likely to eat it.

Tzatziki dip is a great recipe for kids to help make because it helps them practice their grating skills and measuring and mixing different textures of liquids.

  • Kids aged 1-3 can help you measure and mix ingredients.
  • Kids aged 4-6 can do everything above plus grate the cucumber.
  • Kids aged 7-10+ can help you do everything above.

*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.

bowl of tzatziki with pita chips and cucumbers beside

 

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overhead view of tzatzikis sauce with cucumber slices on top

Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Tzatziki sauce is rich, creamy, and full of flavor. Made with freshly grated cucumber, fresh dill, and plenty of garlic, this sauce is great as a dip or a spread. This recipe only takes 15 minutes to make!
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Course: Dips For Kids
Cuisine: Greek
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 50kcal
Author: Jenni – The Gingered Whisk

Ingredients

  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 ½ cups full fat greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Line a plate with paper towels.
  • Grate the cucumber onto the paper towel and sprinkle with salt. This helps to remove some of the excess moisture in the cucumbers. Place another few paper towels folded together on top and allow to sit for a minute.
  • Get out a medium sized mixing bowl and add in the greek yogurt, minced garlic, fresh dill, olive oil, white vinegar, and salt.
  • Press on the paper towels to squeeze out as much liquid from the cucumbers as you can, and then add in the grated cucumber to the greek yogurt mixture.
  • Mix thoroughly.
  • Cover the bowl and place in the fridge for at least two hours, or up to overnight for the best flavor.

Notes

This sauce can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge. Place it in an airtight glass container and use it within 3-4 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 98mg | Sugar: 1g

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