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Homemade Tzatziki Dip

This homemade tzatziki dip creates the perfect sauce for dipping fresh vegetables and warm pita. It is a simple, flavorful dip that you will make time and time again. 
Greek yogurt dip surrounded by vegetables.

This homemade tzatziki dip creates the perfect sauce for dipping fresh vegetables and warm pita. It is a simple, flavorful dip that you will make time and time again. 

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Often when it comes to gatherings many of us like to create platters and spreads where everyone can help themselves to a bit of everything. One of the main components would be dips and a creamy tzatziki sauce is the perfect accompaniment for things like warm pita bread and cut up raw fresh veggies. Yum! It has a tangy flavor that works so well with the creamy sauce and is ideal to serve up to the masses. You are going to love it. 

You may be thinking of the flavors from your favorite Greek restaurant and this authentic tzatziki sauce recipe will be something you will serve up time and time again. A classic dip that everyone will love. If you were looking for a recipe on how to make a homemade tzatziki dip then you have come to the right place. Here is everything you need to know to make it.   

Ingredients needed for the Homemade Tzatziki Dip

  • 2 cups of greek yogurt
  • 1 grated cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1  teaspoon of dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Tzatziki Dip Ingredients.

How to make the Homemade Tzatziki Dip 

Now that you have got all of the ingredients together here is the homemade tzatziki sauce recipe. 

Step one: Preparing your cucumber 

This easy tzatziki recipe doesn’t require an endless list of ingredients to create lots of flavor. One of the main ingredients is the cucumber. Get your box grater and grate the fresh cucumber into a mixing bowl. Now that you have your grated cucumbers you will want to squeeze out any excess moisture from it. To get rid of the excess water in the cucumbers you can use a fine mesh sieve and push through to get rid of the excess liquid. If you do not have this, simply place the shredded cucumber between layers of paper towels and wring out the moisture. You don’t want too much moisture in the dip as it will take away from the texture and flavor. 

Grating cucumber on a box grater.

Step two: Time to add some flavor

In a separate larger bowl you will want to mix all of the ingredients together. This means adding the grated cucumbers, yogurt, vinegar, lemon juice, minced garlic, dill, oregano, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste and making sure everything is combined together well. 

Ingredients for Tzatziki dip in a glass bowl.

Step three: Chill time 

Now that you have made your cucumber dip, you will need to chill it before serving. Cover the bowl with some plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to develop. Before serving, stir thoroughly. You can also drizzle olive oil over the top, if desired.
Then, serve it up with fresh vegetables, warm pita or whatever you prefer.

Overhead view of Tzatziki dip in a bowl with black olive in the center

Recipe notes and tips

It doesn’t matter whether you are a seasoned pro in the kitchen or a novice, it is always a good idea to get some helpful hints and tips to help make things easy. No matter how simple it is there will always be some extra guidance. I have a couple of suggestions and notes that will help you when making this recipe. 

  • It is important to get as much liquid out of the gated cucumbers as possible. The extra moisture will make the dip runny and will impact the texture and flavor. If you don’t have a sieve you could use paper towels for this. 
  • Chilling the dip gives the flavors time to come together. This is a dip that is best served cold. 

Variations of Tzatziki Dip to try

Sometimes it is nice to vary things, know what you can substitute, and try new flavors. So I thought I would share with you some of the variations that you might want to try with this recipe. 

  • You could add some other wonderful flavors to this dip. It may not create a classic tzatziki but it will taste amazing. Feta cheese and fresh mint are a combination that works so well with the cucumber sauce. 
  • Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil over the top before serving for that authentic look and presentation. 
  • Any fresh herbs will be great in this dip so if you don’t have any oregano why not get creative. Chives will work well as well as fresh mint. 

Greek dip crudite platter.

FAQs for Greek Yogurt Dip

When it comes to recipes there will always be questions. I thought I would cover some of the most frequently asked questions here. Please feel free to get in touch if your question isn’t covered in the recipe. 

What sort of cucumbers should I use for this recipe? 

When it comes to creating this recipe you will want to use large cucumbers to get as much of the cucumber into the dip as possible. You may be wondering whether you should use English cucumbers to create this cucumber sauce but that is entirely up to you. An authentic tzatziki recipe is all about the overall flavor combination. 

How should I store any leftovers?

If you do have any leftovers make sure they haven’t been sat out for too long. You will want to transfer the dip to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to four days. 

Can I make this ahead of time? 

Yes, you can this is a great recipe to be prepared ahead of time. It needs time to chill for a minimum of 30 minutes. You could make this in the morning or the day before you need it. Be mindful that it only has a short time in which it is safe and enjoyable to eat. 

What should I serve with this Greek tzatziki sauce recipe? 

It is great to serve with raw chopped vegetables as it is the perfect refreshing dip. You could also serve it with pita chips, tortillas, crusty bread, warm pita, or even other platter classics like sausages and savory pastries. This dip also works well with meat like lamb, beef burgers, and chicken kabobs. 

Overhead view of crudite platter with greek yogurt dip in the center.

Greek yogurt dip surrounded by vegetables.

Homemade Tzatziki Dip

This homemade tzatziki dip creates the perfect sauce for dipping fresh vegetables and warm pita. It is a simple, flavorful dip that you will make time and time again. 
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: Homemade Tzatziki Dip
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 42kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Grate the cucumber into a small bowl. Squeeze the liquid out of the cucumber with paper towels.
  • In a medium bowl, mix everything together: yogurt, grated cucumber, vinegar, lemon juice, minced garlic, dill, oregano, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Stir until well combined.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 42kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 140mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 46IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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