Tzatziki (Greek Yogurt Sauce)

$2.25 recipe / $0.38 serving
by Beth - Budget Bytes
5 from 7 votes
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I have a whole menu of Mediterranean food planned for this week so I decided to start with the Tzatziki, since it goes with just about everything. This cool, creamy sauce is great for dipping vegetables, bread, and dolmas or as a spread for sandwiches. This tzatziki was so easy to make and so good that I couldn’t stop eating it right off the spoon!

Tzadziki placed in bowl with pita slices and cucumber slices around it

What is Tzatziki?

Tzatziki is a delicious sauce made with a Greek Yogurt base, seasoned with garlic, cucumber and dill. It’s light, fresh, cool, and there’s absolutely nothing like it! Once you taste tzatziki you’ll want to slather it on everything. While the recipe below has been adapted for my kitchen, you can find some authentic tzatziki recipes here:

How Long Does it Stay Good?

The sauce should stay good in your refrigerator for 5-7 days and the flavor will intensify as it refrigerates. For that reason, I used minced garlic from a jar rather than fresh. I find that fresh garlic leaves me with the most unbearable breath for a good 24 hrs… no matter how many times I brush and gargle with mouthwash. Garlic from a jar is a little more subtle.

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Tzatziki (Greek Yogurt Sauce)

5 from 7 votes
Tzatziki is a Yogurt based Greek sauce with cucumber and garlic. It's great for dipping meat or pita, or using as a sandwich spread.
Servings 6
Prep 10 mins
Total 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 12 oz 1 1/2 cups greek style yogurt ($1.80)
  • 1/2 medium cucumber ($0.10)
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic ($0.25)
  • 1/4 tsp dill ($0.05)
  • 1/4 tsp salt ($0.05)

Instructions 

  • Peel and remove the seeds from half a cucumber (use a spoon to scrape out the seedy center). Using a cheese grater, grate the cucumber into the yogurt. Also add the dill, salt and garlic to the yogurt. Stir well.
  • Refrigerate the yogurt sauce for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend. Serve cold. If liquid separates out from the sauce during refrigeration, simply stir to reincorporate before serving.

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Notes

Be sure to use thick Greek style yogurt for this recipe because the cucumber adds a lot of moisture and will cause regular yogurt to become too thin.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 57.98kcalCarbohydrates: 2.83gProtein: 5.25gFat: 2.88gSodium: 118.6mgFiber: 0.15g
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I was pleasantly surprised to find cucumbers on sale 7 for $1 (or $0.20 ea) at our produce market today so that really brought the price of this sauce down. Unfortunately, they are only this cheap for a short time during the summer.

Don’t let the rest of the cucumber go to waste. Slice it up for dipping into the Tzatziki, layering on sandwiches and salads or as a garnish!

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  1. I just got my first CSA box and it came with a bundle of dill! I’ve never used dill before, but I also had a cucumber in my fridge and some whole fat yogurt…so I made greek yogurt for the first time, and followed your recipe (adjusting for the fresh dill) for the tzatziki sauce! It’s so delicious. I had no idea I could make something that tasted as good as what I had in restaurants.

    I’m excited to read the other comments substituting mint for dill – I have mint growing in my herb garden and would love to give that a try as well.

  2. Made this yesterday to bring to a party today. I made two batches: one with dill and the other with mint, both half garlic and half garlic powder. I also added a splash or two of olive oil and vinegar to both. They were both a big hit. Boyfriend’s mother wanted the recipe.

  3. The Lebanese version of this is substitute mint for the dill. My siti
    ( grandmother) taught me that way as well.