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Easy Tzatziki Dip

April 24, 2023

You’ll be blown away by how easy it is to whip up this Easy Greek Yogurt Tzatziki Dip. Grab your veggies and get dipping with this healthy and nutritious greek yogurt dip recipe made from just 5 simple ingredients.

Grab your veggies and get dipping with this Easy Greek Yogurt Tzaziki Dip recipe made with just 5 simple and healthy ingredients #tzatziki #dip

I had the privilege of living in San Francisco for the past four years and it wasn’t lost on me how lucky I was to be surrounded by fresh, in-season produce year round! Now I’m in Minnesota and am so dang grateful for my flourishing garden… even if I can’t keep up with the abundance of veggies!

If you’re wondering how the heck to eat more veggies, let me introduce you to my favorite dip: Greek Yogurt Tzatziki Dip.  It’s the perfect appetizer for your next dinner party or after school/work snacking. The recipe is so simple you’ll wonder why you’ve never made a homemade tzatziki sauce recipe before.

What is Tzatziki?

Tzatziki (sometimes spelled tzaziki) is a creamy yogurt sauce made with cucumber and garlic. It is very common in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. While it is commonly used as a sauce or dip, I like pairing it with a variety of meals! I’ll share ideas below.

Ingredients in Tzatziki Dip

  • Greek Yogurt – either full fat yogurt or fat free yogurt will work. Just make sure it’s plain! I’ve also had success with dairy-free yogurt if you want to make a vegan dip.
  • Cucumber – Use a fresh English cucumber. No need to remove the skin. Grate your cucumber using a box grater.
  • Garlic – fresh cloves garlic is best in this tzaziki recipe.
  • Lemon juice – I recommend using freshly squeezed lemon juice as opposed to juice from a container!
  • Fresh dill – I love the flavor pop fresh dill adds to this dip. You could also substitute other fresh herbs like fresh mint or parsley.
  • A dish towel for removing liquid from cucumber

How to Make Tzatziki Dip


Place grated cucumber into a clean dish towel and squeeze out any excess moisture.

Cucumber getting strained for an easy greek yogurt tzatziki recipe


In a large bowl, add the yogurt, cucumber, garlic clove, lemon and fresh dill. Stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes (or overnight!) to allow the flavors to combine.

tzatziki dip in a white bowl surrounded by fresh veggies

Why do you need to strain the cucumber?

As much as I wish you could skip this step, straining the cucumber makes all the difference when it comes to this tzatziki dip recipe.

Cucumbers are mainly made up of water and if you don’t strain the water out, all of this water will leave you with a watery dip recipe. That’s also why we use greek yogurt in this easy tzaztiki recipe! Greek yogurt has more straining than regular yogurt to remove the water content so it leaves you with a thick greek yogurt dip which is better for dipping veggies.

How to Store Tzatziki Dip

Your tzaziki will store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. It typically gets better the longer it sits so it’s a great thing to meal prep on a Sunday and eat all week!

How to Eat Tzaziki

I honestly could eat this dip in a million different ways. Here are some ideas:

  • With veggies – treat it as a good ol’ veggie dip for fresh veggies or drizzle over roasted or grilled veggies.
  • With pita chips or warm pita breads – I love dipping my homemade pita chips in this dip for a crunchy snack.
  • On gyros – the perfect sauce pairing for my Greek chicken gyros!
  • In a bowl – this sauce would be delicious in my baked falafel bowl.
  • On lamb burgers – Tzaziki tastes delicious on fresh lamb burgers.

More Dip Recipes:


Easy Tzatziki Dip

You’ll be blown away by how easy it is to whip up this Easy Greek Yogurt Tzatziki Dip. Grab your veggies and get dipping with this healthy and nutritious greek yogurt dip recipe made from just 5 simple ingredients.

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 68 servings 1x
  • Category: Dip
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 large english cucumber, grated (about 1 packed cup)
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • juice, 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill weed, chopped


  1. Place grated cucumber into a clean dish towel and squeeze out all moisture.
  2. In a large bowl add yogurt, cucumber, garlic clove, lemon and dill weed and mix to combine well.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Cover bowl and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow flavors to combine (even better if left overnight!)
  5. Serve with chopped veggies, pita or crackers.
  6. Will keep in fridge for up to 1 week.

Keywords: Greek yogurt dip, tzaziki, tzatziki dip

tzatziki dip in a bowl with veggies


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    December 1, 2019 at 5:40 am

    Hooray for grilling season! We’re taking as many of our meals outside as possible, because you just can’t beat the taste of the smoky char on the meat…and fewer dishes don’t hurt, either! That said, you can totally prepare this grilled chicken on the stove or in the oven. Thanks to the delicious lemon, garlic and herb marinade, the meat will taste amazing no matter how you cook it!

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    Linda M. Thomas
    May 5, 2019 at 5:57 am

    Any kind of fried foods and veggies will surely match this Greek yogurt dip. It is very healthy and nutritious as well. Hopefully you can share more dip recipe that match to other meat and veggies recipes.

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    April 27, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Love the dip, appreciate the message even more. San Francisco, married life and Bodhi suits you well.

    P.S. I got some weird message on FB saying I’m one of your best fans. Who knew? Cheers to that.

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