This is the best homemade Tzatziki recipe you will find! Creamy, fresh and oh so delicious, it's the perfect summer condiment!
To me summer is the season of Tzatziki. This delicious and refreshing condiment can literally go on anything! From a dip for veggies and pita chips, to burgers, gyros and grilled meat, it doesn't get much better!
Store bough tzatziki is a great short cut but this is one of those dishes where homemade truly is best. I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!
What is Tzatziki?
Tzatziki is a delicious sauce or dip popular among southeast European and Middle Eastern cultures!
It's traditionally made with a combination of salted strained yogurt, cucumber, garlic, olive oil and often fresh herbs and lemon juice. Tzatziki is especially popular in Greek cuisine!
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- Box Grater: You will need to shred and drain the cucumber before mixing into the Tzatziki. I love this Oxo Box Grater from Amazon.
- Mixing Bowls
- Paper Towels
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
Tip: Drain the cucumber
The number one trick to making fabulous Tzatziki is taking the time and effort to drain your cucumbers. The less moisture the better.
The easiest way to do so is to wrap your shredded cucumber in paper towels and then carefully squeeze the moisture out over the sink. Do this until most of the moisture has been drained.
Really the sky is the limit when it comes to Tzatziki!
I love serving it with grilled meats, flatbreads and fresh veggies.
How long will Tzatziki last in the fridge?
This is a great recipe to make ahead and it lasts 4-5 days in the fridge.
Make a big batch and enjoy all week!
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The Best Tzatziki
- 1 English Cucumber
- 1.5 cups Greek yogurt I prefer full fat
- 1 small lemon, zest and juice
- 2 Tbsp fresh dill chopped
- 1 Tbsp fresh mint chopped
- 2 Tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1-3 cloves garlic (This is personal preference. I like 2-3 cloves for a more potent, spicy Tzatziki. For a more mild flavor stick to just 1.)
- Grate a whole English cucumber and place in a small colander placed over a bowl or plate (to catch the access liquid).
- Give the grated cucumber a good squeeze and then put in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to overnight to allow all the excess moisture to drain.
- In the meantime, mix together all remaining ingredients and put into the fridge to let the flavors meld.
- Once the cucumber has been draining for at least 30 minutes, give it another squeeze and then put on a paper towel and squeeze again to let the paper towel absorb any remaining liquid.
- Add the grated cucumber to the yogurt mixture and put back in the fridge.
- Let the Tzatziki sit for at least 30 minutes before serving.