Easy Tzatziki Sauce

By Rachel Tiemeyer
October 27, 2021

Our easy Tzatziki sauce is incredibly simple to make at home. Don’t worry, we didn’t cut corners on flavor either. This Greek-inspired condiment will be a delicious addition to our Greek Pitas, grilled meats, or as a dipping sauce for pita chips or fresh veggies.

Easy Tzatziki Sauce in a white bowl

What Exactly IS Tzatziki Sauce?

In its simplest form, Tzatziki (pronounced tah-ZEE-kee) sauce is a yogurt & cucumber dip. It’s light and creamy at the same time. It often includes a combination of olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and fresh herbs. 

Authentic Greek Tzatziki is most often made with sheep or goat yogurt, but since those are hard to find, our tzatziki recipe calls for plain, full-fat Greek yogurt (made with cow’s milk).

Make Ahead & Storage Tips

We’ve found that this Tzatziki Sauce actually gets better as it sits. That being said, try to make it in advance and store it in the refrigerator for at least a few hours or even a day before eating. The flavors will meld together and infuse the dip. You’ll be amazed at how easy Tzatziki really is!

The sauce will last about 3 days or so in the refrigerator. It will NOT freeze and thaw well, so we don’t recommend that.

Tzatziki dolloped on top of a greek pita

What to Serve With Our Easy Tzatziki Sauce

As you can see from the pictures, one of our favorite ways to serve it is on top of a Greek Pita with Pulled Pork. It would be delicious to serve alongside some of these other meats as well:

Or, serve it an appetizer with fresh veggies, pita chips, Whole Wheat Pita Bread or Cripsy Parmesan Potato Wedges!

Can You Freeze Tzatziki Sauce?

In our decades of combined freezer cooking experience, we’ve found that dairy-based recipes typically don’t work well to freeze and thaw. The consistency gets pretty knarly and in this particular recipe, and the cucumbers would release all of their liquid making it even more watery.

So, as freezer cooking experts and cookbook authors, our answer to the question of, “Can you freeze Tzatkiki Sauce?” is no. Sorry!

Overhead shot of easy tzatziki sauce
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Easy Tzatziki Sauce

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1.5 cups 1x
  • Category: Dip
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Our easy Tzatziki sauce is incredibly simple to make at home. Don’t worry, we didn’t cut corners on flavor either. This Greek-inspired condiment will be a delicious addition to our Greek Pitas, grilled meats, or as a dipping sauce for pita chips or fresh veggies.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup shredded, peeled seedless cucumber (or you can finely dice it)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill (sub: 1 teaspoon dried dill, crushed in hand)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 small lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and ground black pepper

Instructions

In a medium bowl, stir together the yogurt, cucumber, mint, dill, lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use, up to 3 days. (Do not freeze this sauce.) 


Notes

This sauce is even better the next day, after the flavors have time to meld together.

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