Greek Tzatziki Recipe

Tzatziki is one of the most popular salad/dip recipes in Greece. Here's the recipe!

Tzatziki is usually made with just a few, simple ingredients;

  • cucumber,
  • yogurt,
  • garlic,
  • a little olive oil and
  • salt and pepper.

But several local variations exist.Try adding a few finely chopped dill and/or mint leaves, or make it with shredded carrot instead of cucumber and add chopped walnuts, for another interesting twist!

Tzatziki Greek Cucumber Yogurt Salad

This cucumber salad is one of the most popular Greek vegetarian appetizer recipes. And that's easy to understand, since it is refreshing, tasty and very easy to make.

It also serves as a side dish for many other dishes, and is great with grilled food.

If you can’t find Greek yogurt (very thick yogurt) you can pour natural yogurt in a coffee filter and leave for some hours (or overnight) to drain excess liquid to make it thicker.

Not a garlic lover? If you don’t fancy garlic, this dip is tasty also without it! You can also add a few minced fresh mint leaves or dill if you like.

It's delicious served with crispy, fried eggplant or zucchini slices, pita crisps, or anything you like.

It can be served as an appetizer or side dish, stuffed in a sandwich, pita or wrap. This is a very versatile dish!

It will last for up to a week in the fridge, simply stir if the water from the cucumber separates.

If you like garlic, just remember that the garlic will intensify in taste after a while; 1 clove is mild, 2 cloves will become strong!

Classic Greek Tzatziki Recipe

Here's What You'll Need

  • 1 long cucumber, shredded
  • Salt
  • 1 cup Greek style yogurt
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove pressed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1 tbs. chopped fresh or ½ tbs. dried dill

Here's What You Do

  1. Sprinkle the shredded cucumber with salt and place in a sieve in a colander to drain for about 30 min.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl mix all the other ingredients and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Squeeze out as much liquid as you can from the cucumbers with your hands, discard the liquid and add the cucumbers to the yogurt mix.
  4. Mix well and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  5. Serve the dip chilled with for example home made pita crisps

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