This Homemade Tzatziki Sauce Recipe is an easy cucumber yogurt sauce that uses fresh dill or mint and lemon juice.
Tzatziki is basically a cucumber yogurt sauce that uses fresh dill or mint and lemon juice and is the perfect compliment with grilled meats like lamb, beef and chicken.
I first came across Tzatziki when eating Gyros–yes, Gyros even in Wisconsin.
Usually Tzatziki is served as a packaged side for diners to choose (or not) to add to their Gyros. But don’t pass up on this must-try sauce.
It pairs well with lamb and other grilled meats and adds just the right amount of freshness to otherwise “heavy” flavored meats.
Meaning of Tzatziki
Interestingly, Tzatziki, translated, is an herb mixture that can be found in many Middle Eastern countries, including Greece, Lebanon, Southern Balkans and Turkey.
Yogurt in these areas are usually produced from sheep or goat’s milk, versus cow milk as is common here in the United States and other parts of the world.
The taste of Tzatziki is a bit more “tangy” but not offensive, and like it’s bovine counterpart, very tasty with both sweet and savory ingredients.
Mint or Dill
Depending upon which family recipe or region you travel to in the Middle Eastern countries noted above, Tzatziki may be made with mint or dill or even parsley.
Some recipe versions like the one I share below also uses additional herbs like oregano or thyme.
Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream
You might be wondering what you can substitute with if you do not have Greek yogurt on hand.
No worries. Sour cream is one of my favorite subs to Greek yogurt, hands down. It adds even more richness, but you’ll find that after you add cucumbers and lemon juice, the flavor and texture lightens even more.
How long does homemade Tzatziki last?
Homemade Tzatziki can last between three to four days in the refrigerator. You might have to stir it up again when you need it, but that really isn’t an issue.
In my family, Tzatziki doesn’t last that long because we use this sauce also as a dip with vegetables. It’s the perfect snack–just saying.
What can you eat with this Homemade Tzatziki Sauce?
As mentioned above, you can serve homemade tzatziki with quite a number of grilled meats, from lamb, chicken and beef.
It’s traditional, too, to serve sliced onions, tomatoes, feta, pepperoncinis, black olives and more as sides.
How to Make Homemade Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
This recipe couldn’t be simpler to make. Start with Greek yogurt and add to this chopped, peeled and seeded cucumbers, dried or fresh dill, garlic powder, lemon juice and salt.
Mix everything together. It’s that quick and easy.
Best of all in under five minutes, you’ll have yourself a delicious sauce to pair with all your grilled meats. Enjoy!
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Homemade Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup cucumbers peeled, seeded, chopped finely
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp dill mint, or parsley
- In a bowl, mix all of the ingredients together. It's best if you allow the Tzatziki sauce to rest for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together. But if you don't have time, go ahead and serve it as is. Enjoy!