Homemade Tzatziki


Total Time:

5 minutes



Besides my major love affair with all things basil vinaigrette… I’m also majorly into Homemade Tzatziki this summer.

What is Tzatziki?

Homemade Tzatziki is EVERYTHING! If you’ve never had it before, or heard of it, Tzatziki is a yogurt sauce with cucumbers, garlic, salt, lemon juice, and dill. It’s incredible popular in Greece where it’s slathered on top of just about everything. You can serve it up with crudités or pita as an appetizer / snack or serve it alongside some skewered chicken, veggies, fish or meat as a dip for a main course. It’s bright and tangy and perfect for summer.

Tzatziki is also one of those things you can whip up every few days and keep on hand for when lunch and dinner roll around. You’ll see it pop up on WGC frequently as I call for it in so many recipes! It also makes the best healthy snack. Whip up some tzatziki grab yourself some Persian cucumbers and there you have it.

Here are a bunch of questions I get on the regular about Tzatziki:

How is Tzatziki made?

Tzatziki is super simple to make. You just need some greek yogurt, lemon, garlic, dill, and Persian cucumbers. Dice your cucumbers, juice your lemon, chop your garlic and dill, and combine everything with your greek yogurt. I cover the detailed step by step instructions and measurements in the recipe card below.

How long will Tzatziki last in the fridge?

Tzatziki will last about four days in the fridge before it starts to go bad.

Can you freeze Tzatziki sauce?

Yes, but it will change a bit in regards to texture and consistency when it comes time to thawing it out.

What else can you serve Tzatziki with?

Here is a list of some other amazing dishes that go perfect with Tzatziki.

Bottom line, we all need a kick ass Homemade Tzatziki recipe that we can use 365 days a year. And I’ve got just the one for you….

Homemade Tzatziki from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Homemade Tzatziki

That creamy Greek yogurt sauce that you love with cucumbers, dill and lemon that you can slather all over some pita or on top of protein!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6 people


  • 1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Persian cucumber small dice
  • Juice of 1 lemon plus more if needed
  • 3 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste


  • In a large bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, diced cucumber, lemon juice garlic and dill. Stir to combine.
  • Season with salt and pepper and taste. Adjust salt, pepper or lemon juice depending on your preference. Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.

Photo Credit: Matt Armendariz / Food Styling Credit: Adam Pearson / Recipe: What’s Gaby Cooking

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  1. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

    This is major goodness! I love this stuff too! Yum.

  2. Amanda

    I love anything in “dip” form and this is no exception – looks delicious!

  3. Tom @ Raise Your Garden

    Well I have to admit I’ve never had or heard of Tzatziki. Yes, I’m blushing and slightly embarrassed because you seem to have it once a day. Looks good and I apparently need to come on board with tzatziki!

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  5. Traci

    Mmm! I’ve never thought about making it homemade, even though I make most things homemade. And now I’m going to hop over to basil vinaigrette land…

  6. Julie @ Table for Two

    I could eat tzatziki all day long! It’s so refreshing!

  7. Rachel – A Southern Fairytale

    oh my gosh. WANT WANT WANT! Had this for the first time last week and I’m a bit obsessed.

  8. Cristina Ferrare

    You know we love this in our home! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us!

  9. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    I don’t even need crackers or chips, just a spoon! Delish! Pinned 🙂

  10. Monika

    Anything with those ingredients goes to the top of my list!!!

  11. Beth @ Tasty Yummies

    I love ANY post that includes the term “buttload” in the first paragraph!
    This Greek girl can totally get down with putting Tzatziki on ALL of the things! Yum.

  12. Olivia – Primavera Kitchen

    Oh my gosh!!! I love Tzatziki. This looks very tasty.

  13. Mary

    My family loves Tzatziki sauce! Years ago, while on vacation i remember extra for a couple of small cups of sauce for our sandwiches. Now we can make our own for use on just about everything.

  14. Aimee @ Simple Bites

    I just got home and am starving!! Please pass a bowl!

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  16. Kate

    I love me some tzatziki! My homemade attempts have not turned out quite right. Yours looks fantastic, Gaby.

  17. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    i never thought to make my own tzatziki before.. ive always been incredibly lazy and bought a tub from the store. definitely will be trying this recipe if its this easy! looks delicious and i bet it tastes even better home made too!

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  28. Jill

    I made this. I used a long English cucumber. The sauce was delicious on my Chicken Shawarma. I was told it tasted exactly like we used to get at authentic Mediterranean restaraunts.

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  34. Aline

    Gabi, should I remove the skin of the cucumber? I just have English cucumbers this week…
    Also, any substitute for dill?? The only herb my husband doesn’t eat it

    • Gaby

      yes always remove skin from an English!! and you could omit dill and use chives!

  35. Marsi Edwards

    My mom (who was from Egypt) made a very similar version of tzaktziki sauce. All I remember is the it had plain yogurt, lemon juice and cumin. I fell like these are not the only ingredients. Can you help?

  36. Jennifer Melroy

    I have made tzatziki bf using grated cukes. Do u recommend dicing to cut down on moisture released or what’s the reason? Thank you!

    • Gaby

      I prefer it to be a small dice! You can grate if you prefer – totally personal preference

  37. Monika

    5 stars
    This is such a wonderful and cool app for summertime. What am I saying? Anytime would be perfect!!

  38. Karoline Hurd

    5 stars
    Yum. It’s great on top of grilled lamb feta burgers. My summertime favorites!

  39. Elsa

    Hi Gaby! I’d love to make this recipe but I cannot find dinosaur kale in my area. Also my hubby is not a kale fan. What would be a good substitute?

    • Gaby

      there’s no kale in this recipe!! just dill.