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Authentic Greek Tzatziki Sauce (Yogurt and Cucumber Sauce)

Authentic Greek Tzatziki sauce is tangy, fresh, and positively addictive! Serve with chicken, pork or lamb, or as a dip with crackers or pita wedges.
Course Sauces & Spreads
Cuisine Greek
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Calories 53kcal
Author Marsha Maxwell


  • 1 long English cucumber or 2 smaller cucumbers
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 cloves garlic pressed
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil preferably Greek
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint or dill your choice (or substitute 1 tablespoon dried)
  • ½ teaspoon fresh black pepper


  • Wash the cucumber and cut off the ends. Grate using a food processor or box grater.
  • Place the grated cucumber in a colander and sprinkle with salt, mixing so all the cucumber pieces are coated. Place the colander over a bowl so the salt can draw the moisture out of the cucumber. Allow the cucumber to drain for 15-30 minutes.
  • Combine the other ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Press and squeeze the cucumber with your hands until you have pressed out as much water as possible.
  • Stir the cucumber into the yogurt mixture. Taste and add more salt, pepper, vinegar, garlic or herbs if you like.
  • Tzatziki tastes best if allowed to chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.


5g fat, 1g carbohydrate, 2g protein per serving. Nutrition information based on using nonfat Greek yogurt.


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 53kcal