Best tzatziki recipe with pita bread and veggies on a marble table.

World's Best Tzatziki Recipe

This is the best tzatziki recipe! Refreshing cucumber, creamy Greek yogurt, and zingy lemon make it the perfect condiment for just about everything.
Course Appetizers, Dips, Sauces, and Salsas
Cuisine Greek
Keyword cucumber yogurt sauce, greek tzatziki, homemade tzatziki, tzatziki, yogurt sauce
Diet Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Raw, Vegetarian
Occasion 4th of July, Game Day
Time 15 minutes or less, 30 minutes or less, 45 minutes or less
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Calories 40kcal
Author Sarah Bond


  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt 480 g, can use dairy-free
  • 1 cup shredded or diced cucumber 200 g
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice or white wine vinegar 30 mL
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp chopped dill
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Thicken yogurt: Strain yogurt using a cheesecloth or paper towel for 30 minutes to 3 hours to remove excess moisture (can skip this step if you're in a hurry).
  • Prep cucumber: Meanwhile, sprinkle a pinch of salt onto shredded or diced cucumber and spoon into cheesecloth or paper towels. Let sit for a few minutes then wring it out to draw out moisture.
  • Mix: Mix together yogurt, cucumber, dill, garlic, and lemon. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


  • Add a touch of extra-virgin olive oil for flavor and shine.
  • Serve with pita, veggies, on Roasted Chickpea Gyros, or really anything!
  • The flavors become less tangy as you let them sit, so your tzatziki might just be best the next day. The gift that keeps on giving.


Serving: 0.25cups | Calories: 40kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.2g | Protein: 1.7g | Fat: 2.4g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 2.7g | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 0.2mg