5-Minute Extra Creamy Homemade Tzatziki
Made with high-protein Greek yogurt, fresh cucumber, dill, lemon juice, and garlic, this super creamy Homemade Tzatziki Sauce is fresh, delicious, and healthy. You can serve it as a sauce with a variety of proteins, or enjoy as a dip with vegetables, pita, and more!
Homemade Tzatziki Sauce
I was never really a huge fan of tzatziki until I started making it at home. Growing up, my parents would serve the store-bought varieties with Greek-inspired burger recipes or souvlaki for dinner.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but I didn’t realize just how fresh & delicious (and nutritious!) it could be until I made my own tzatziki.
I originally made this recipe to pair with my deliciously juicy Greek Chicken Meatballs. And I love making sauces out of plain Greek yogurt because it’s creamy and versatile, but it also adds protein & nutrition to whatever you’re making.
What you may not realize about homemade tzatziki is how quick and easy it is to make! All you need is 5 minutes and a handful of simple ingredients.
What is Tzatziki?
Tzatziki is a creamy, yogurt-based cucumber dip found in Middle Eastern and Southeast European cuisines.
It is traditionally made with strained yogurt (or Greek yogurt, which is different from regular yogurt, cucumber, garlic, salt, olive oil, herbs like dill, parsley, or mint, and sometimes an acid like vinegar or lemon juice.
Alternative names for tzatziki are tarator and cacık, and is traditionally served as a dip, sauce or soup.
Ingredients for This Homemade Tzatziki Recipe:
My homemade tzatziki sauce recipe uses many of the traditional ingredients, along with a little fresh lemon juice. I don’t usually mix olive oil into mine, but I do drizzle it on top before serving.
Here’s what you’ll need to make it:
- Full-fat plain Greek yogurt (3% M.F. or higher)
- Fresh dill
- Fresh garlic
- Lemon juice
- Salt & pepper
- Extra-virgin olive oil (optional)
Is Homemade Tzatziki Healthy?
Yes! As a Registered Dietitian, one of the things I appreciate about tzatziki is how nutritious it is. Especially if you make it at home! Here are some of the things that make it nutritious:
Greek yogurt: Making homemade tzatziki sauce with Greek yogurt means that the base of our dip provides protein and important nutrients like calcium, phosphorus, vitamin B12, selenium, riboflavin, and vitamin A.
Cucumber: Cucumber is a source of fibre, vitamin C, vitamin K, and it’s very hydrating as it’s 96% water!
Extra virgin olive oil: By drizzling some olive oil on top before serving our tzatziki, we’re adding a source of healthy unsaturated fats.
How to Make Your Own Tzatziki:
Here are the easy steps to make this ‘DIY tzatziki’ at home:
Serving and Storage Tips:
You can also serve it as a healthy dip with pita, chips, crackers, or cut up vegetables for snacking.
Store the tzatziki sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last in the fridge up to 7 days. I do not recommend freezing it!
For full-fat Greek yogurt: You can use a low or non-fat Greek yogurt if you prefer, but the texture may be slightly less creamy. You can also use plain regular yogurt, but it will be thinner and more runny.
For fresh dill: I have used dried dill as an alternative before. Use approx. 2 tsp dried dill in place of 2 tbsp fresh dill.
For minced garlic: If you don’t have fresh minced garlic, you can use 3/4 tsp garlic powder.
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5-Minute Extra Creamy Homemade Tzatziki
- 1 1/2 cups plain full-fat Greek yogurt, 3% MF or greater
- 1 cup grated cucumber
- 1 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 medium lemon, juiced
- 1/2 tsp salt and pepper, each
- 1 drizzle extra virgin olive oil, for garnish
- Add greek yogurt, grated cucumber, and chopped dill to a bowl. Mix together until well-combined.
- Stir in minced garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
- Garnish with more chopped dill and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, then serve.