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Tzatziki (Cucumber Yogurt Sauce)

This tzatziki recipe is creamy, delicious, and versatile – it can be used in all sorts of ways as a topping or a dip.

Tzatziki is a yogurt cucumber sauce found in several Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries. Versions of it existed as early as the Ottoman Empire – their yogurt sauce included walnuts (which would be a delicious addition!)

We like to use it for topping chicken and rice, stuffed zucchini, and steak kabobs. It’s also a great addition to a mezze plate and is sublime with toasted pita.

A bowl of yogurt cucumber sauce.

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

This creamy yogurt sauce is a refreshing topping for meat, rice, and lentil dishes, and it also pairs well with salad, fresh vegetables, and hummus on a mezze plate.

You can make a large batch of it and store it in the fridge for the week and add it to multiple dishes.

Ingredients for tzatziki on a marble background.

Ingredients for Tzatziki

Traditional tzatziki includes a combination of yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, olive oil, citrus juice, and salt.

The type of yogurt used varies by region – some cuisines call for goat or sheep’s milk yogurt, others use labneh or kefir. For this recipe, we’re using Greek yogurt because it provides a nice, thick base. If you’d like a looser sauce, you can add a little water or use a plain yogurt.

I’ve also opted for a little kick of spice in my recipe and have added a quarter teaspoon of Aleppo pepper. You can omit this if you don’t have it or substitute it for crushed red pepper flakes or urfa biber.

Ingredients for minted yogurt in a mixing bowl.

What to Serve with Tzatziki

Want to use tzatziki as a topping or a dip? Here are some recipes that would pair well with it.


Tips for Making this Recipe

  • If you can’t find small Persian cucumbers, you can use half an English cucumber or a hothouse cucumber. Make sure to peel the skin and scrape out the seeds before using though, the skin is too bitter and the seeds have less flavor.

I hope you enjoy this cucumber yogurt sauce recipe – let us know if you make it. You can tag us on Instagram @thishealthytable.

If you’re looking for a non-traditional tzatziki, check out our radish and walnut tzatziki.

Yield: 3 cups

Tzatziki Recipe

A bowl of yogurt cucumber sauce.

This creamy tzatziki is a refreshing and delicious sauce or dip.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 2 small Persian cucumbers, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced or grated
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Aleppo pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine the yogurt, cucumber, garlic, mint, lemon juice, salt, Aleppo pepper, and black pepper in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
  2. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 56Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 207mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 8g

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