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A platter of tzatziki, drizzled with olive oil aside pita.

Tzatziki (Greek Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce)

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Tzatziki is a Greek yogurt- and cucumber-based condiment, typically seasoned with herbs such as mint and dill, garlic, and lemon. I grew up eating it with this chicken souvlaki, but I find it to be such a nice match for roasted vegetables, such as this eggplant salad, and vegetable burgers, such as these mushroom and sweet potato veggie burgers or these falafel burgers.


  • 1 large or 3 small cucumbers (about 810 oz)
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt, I like the Fage 5%
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 23 tablespoons minced herbs, such as mint and/or dill
  • 1.5 tablespoons fresh-squeeze lemon juice (from about 1/2 a lemon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Grate the cucumber coarsely on a box grater. Transfer to a sieve and set over a bowl to drain. Squeeze the cucumber a little bit to encourage the moisture to drain out. Let drain for at least 5 minutes. 
  2. In a medium bowl, stir the cucumber into the yogurt, along with the garlic, herbs, lemon, and salt. Taste. Adjust with more salt and lemon to taste. 
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: Greek