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Easy Authentic Tzatziki Recipe

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Greek tzatziki recipe on countertop in bowl


10 minutes


1 Large Jar or Container, 8 servings

This easy Greek tzatziki recipe can be made either vegan or vegetarian, and is perfect to eat with pita, on sandwiches, or however you like your tzatziki!

This easy tzatziki recipe is great to have in your back pocket. Whether you are making tzatziki to eat on your vegan gyros, with pita, on chicken souvlaki if you’re not plant-based, or even on sandwiches, this recipe is my go-to for whipping up this delicious dip.

Greek Tzatziki recipe on a plate with fresh cucumber and falafel

Why you’ll love this Tzatziki recipe:

  • Versatile: Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or none of the above, you can make this recipe to fit your dietary needs
  • Quick: This tzatziki recipe can be made in 10-minutes or less, super quick & super delicious!
  • Use it on Anything: You can use this tzatziki on anything. Use it as a dip, spread it on a sandwich, with protein like my vegan gyros, whatever your heart desires


Here is what you will need to make this Tzatziki recipe:

  • Dill
  • Yogurt or cream cheese
  • Garlic
  • Lemon
  • Cucumber
  • Olive Oil

Ingredient Notes:

Olive Oil: Make sure you choose a good quality olive oil. Look for “extra virgin” on the label and avoid anything in a clear bottle since olive oil doesn’t like light!

Yogurt: You can use yogurt, vegan yogurt, or cream cheese here. Whatever you prefer. The consistency will slightly change based on what you choose but any option is delicious.

Dill: I love fresh dill in this recipe as fresh herbs just add a better flavor in my opinion, but this recipe will still be delicious with dry dill if you don’t have fresh on hand. Use one teaspoon of dried dill for every one tablespoon of fresh.

How to make tzatziki?

This is probably the easiest thing you’ll make all week. It seriously takes a few small, and easy steps. You’ll wonder why you haven’t been making homemade tzatziki recipe this whole time. Here’s how you do it:

Fresh cucumber in a bowl for Greek Tzatziki Recipe

Ingredients for Greek Tzatziki recipe in a bowl

Step One: Prepare your ingredients by chopping up your herbs, mincing your garlic, and grate your cucumber. For the cucumber, make sure to squeeze out as much liquid as you can.

Ingredients for Greek Tzatziki Sauce in a bowl

Ingredients for Greek Tzatziki Sauce in a bowl

Step Two: Mix all the ingredients up and voila! That’s seriously it.

Expert Tips & FAQ:

What is tzatziki? Also known as tarator or cacik, tzatziki is a dip found in cuisines of Southeast Europe and the Middle East. It’s made with salted, strained yogurt or diluted yogurt mixed with cucumbers, garlic, salt, and olive oil. You sometimes use vinegar or lemon juice, and herbs too. Everyone has their own way they like to make it!

What should I use this tzatziki on? Here are some great ways you can use this tzatziki:

How long does tzatziki last? It’ll last up to one week in the fridge in a properly sealed container or mason jar.

How do I squeeze cucumbers? There are a few ways you can do this. Some people like to sprinkle salt on them and leave them in a strainer to allow for the water to drain. However, when you don’t have time for that, once you grate the cucumbers, squeeze out the moisture with your hands. Voila!

Let me know your fav way to eat tzatziki in the comments!

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Easy Authentic Tzatziki Recipe

5 from 24 votes
This easy Greek tzatziki recipe can be made either vegan or vegetarian, and is perfect to eat with pita, on sandwiches, or however you like your tzatziki!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Vegan Recipes for Beginners, Sauces and Dressings, Vegan Appetizers, Vegetarian
Servings 1 Large Jar or Container, 8 servings
Calories 208 kcal


  • 2 cups greek yogurt or vegan cream cheese or yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves of grated garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cucumber grated and squeezed to remove any excess liquid
  • 3 tbsp olive oil


  • Combine every ingredient in a large container and mix to combine.
  • Store in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week. Enjoy with literally anything!



If you do not have a lemon, you can use white or red vinegar, around 3-4 tbsp.


Serving: 8 | Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.4g | Protein: 3.9g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.9g | Sodium: 476.1mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 2.2g
Review This Recipe Let us know how it was!
Elena Gamboa

5 stars
So, this tzatziki recipe is basically my new food crush! It’s easy, it’s tasty, and I’ve been using it like it’s going out of style – everything gets a dip.

Now, here’s a little insider tip for cucumber lovers: if you have a little extra time, take out those seeds before you toss them in. Trust me 🙂

Seriously, this stuff has turned my regular meals into a Mediterranean fiesta. It’s not just a dip; it’s a flavor upgrade! Thanks Maria!

Maria Koutsogiannis

YES!!! Elena I love this for you so much. Thank you for the love.

Kristine Kouraki

5 stars
I made this with Maria’s souvlaki that I recently made and it blew my mind!

Maria Koutsogiannis

isn’t it just so good!

Clara Price

5 stars
The best recipe I have used, the more garlic the better! Yumm

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thank you so much, Clara!

toni bessinger

5 stars
I did two batches for my household: one batch for the kids had only 1/2 a clove of garlic… the batch for me and the hubby had extra extra garlic! everyone wins

meng park

5 stars
I put this in chicken souvlaki wraps – it was fantastic!


5 stars
your vinegar substitution came in handy when I was fresh out of lemons. I used 3tbsp of red wine vinegar and it was perfect

rose kerslake

5 stars
only two steps to make the most delicious yummy sauce

Simone Glass

5 stars
I did a nice blend of cream cheese and 5% greek yogurt and it was dreamy. I highly recommend everyone to try this

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