Tzatziki: Cucumber Yogurt Dip

tzatziki dip with cucumber and dill

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Chill: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 16 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
72 Calories
6g Fat
5g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 9mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 1g
Calcium 39mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Tzatziki (pronounced sat-ZEE-key, or cha-CHI-key in Greece), is a yogurt-based cucumber sauce traditionally made with strained salted sheep or goat milk yogurt and combined with cucumbers, garlic, and herbs. Cool and creamy, this tangy cucumber dip is the perfect complement to grilled meats and vegetables. It is often served on the side with warm bread for dipping, is used as a condiment for souvlaki, and can be part of a meze platter. 

This recipe includes store-bought yogurt and vinegar, which could result in quite a tangy sauce; by cutting the yogurt in half, however, and adding sour cream, the tzatziki here is smooth and mellow, without any bite.

This is one of those recipes that is better when made ahead of time. If you can, let the yogurt mixture sit overnight (before adding the cucumber) so the garlic loses its sharpness and blends nicely. Meanwhile, place the diced cucumber in a colander to allow any liquid to drain so the tzatziki isn't watery.


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup ​​Greek yogurt (strained)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cucumbers (peeled, seeded, and diced)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Combine olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Mix until well combined.

  3. Using a whisk, blend the yogurt with the sour cream in a separate bowl. Add the olive oil mixture to the yogurt mixture and mix well.

  4. Add the cucumber and chopped fresh dill. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving and garnish with additional fresh dill.

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