This Homemade Tzatziki Sauce is a fantastic dip for veggies, pita bread, or any type of Mediterranean food! It comes together in minutes – and the fresh taste simply can’t be beat.
We’re keeping it real simple today with another sauce recipe – this time, we’re going to the Greek islands with zesty Homemade Tzatziki Sauce!
Good Greek food is always something I’m on the hunt for. Most of the meats aren’t fried, the dishes always taste really fresh, and you get a ton of tasty veggies with your meals. They cook with a lot of heart-healthy ingredients like olive oil. As a bonus: nothing sets off an authentic gyro like creamy, authentic tzatziki sauce.
If you’ve been reading Coined Cuisine for a while, you know that I’ve been on a mission to make as many condiments from scratch as I can. It’s always cheaper, and I avoid all those funky & scary additives that most of them have. You’re going to love this sauce because it’s only 4 ingredients, comes together in literally minutes, and goes well with everything! Try dipping your fries or some fresh veggies into this tzatziki.
- Plain Greek Yogurt – Grab some plain greek yogurt for the base of this cool, creamy tzatziki sauce. You get a big punch of protein from this ingredient – feel free to use the full-fat or the slim version.
- Cucumber – Take a fresh cucumber, wash it, then scoop out the seeds in the middle. Using a microplane or small grater holes, grate the veggie and then drain them with a cheesecloth.
- Lemon Juice – A hint of lemon juice adds the perfect amount of acidity to tzatziki! Don’t skip this ingredient.
- Extra-Virgin Olive Oil – A couple teaspoons of olive oil help really tie in the flavors of this dip! Use a high-quality oil for this.
How to Make Authentic, Homemade Tzatziki
When I had a craving for my Greek Chicken Gyros, I knew I needed that homemade tzatziki sauce in my life! (Right after I looked up how to pronounce tzatziki…just in case.)
This is such a quick and easy recipe with only 4 ingredients. Just make sure you de-seed and drain your shredded cucumber well so the sauce isn’t extra watery. Stir everything together, season well, and let it sit so the flavors can marinate and deepen. That’s it!
Serve this homemade tzatziki alongside any Greek/Mediterranean dishes you’re craving. The sauce keeps pretty well in the fridge too; if you’re getting take-out, save your coin that you would’ve spent on buying extra sauce and pull out a jar of this!
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Zesty Homemade Tzatziki Sauce
- ½ ct. cucumber
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tsp. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- Wash the cucumber, slice it in half lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds (these have a lot of water in them.) Grate the cucumber with a microplane.
- Using paper towels or a cheesecloth, squeeze out as much water as you can from the cucumber.
- Add the drained, grated cucumber to a large bowl. Pour in the rest of the ingredients and stir well. Taste, and adjust seasonings as necessary.
- Let the tzatziki sit in the fridge for at least 15 minutes so the flavors mesh well. Serve alongside Greek/Mediterranean food and enjoy!
The Coined Breakdown
- Total Cost per serving: $0.32
- Total Cost (about 6 servings): $1.89
- Those Other Guys: $3.99 a serving