This Homemade Tzatziki Sauce recipe is made from yogurt, cucumber, and mint. So refreshing, cool, and easy, you’ll want to put it on everything!
Tzatziki is yet another homemade condiment that I absolutely adore. I make it regularly and use it on so many things, especially in the summertime when the temperatures are extremely high and we’re craving something light and cool.
What is Tzatziki Sauce
Tzatziki (pronounced Tsaht-zee-kee), is a simple and light yogurt-based condiment, which is chilled and used as a dipping sauce or sandwich spread. Most people associate this sauce with Greek food and Gyros, but it’s popular all across the Mediterranean.
What’s in Tzatziki sauce? It’s made from yogurt, cucumber, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and fresh herbs – most commonly dill or mint. (And in this case, also red onion.)
Is Tzatziki Sauce Healthy?
Definitely! Even though it’s super creamy, the calorie count is low at only 14 calories for every 2 tablespoons and only 1 gram of fat.
Is Tzatziki sauce vegan? No, this sauce is not vegan, since it’s yogurt based. You could make a dairy-free version using soy yogurt and straining it through a cheesecloth to thicken.
Is Tzatziki sauce keto? Yes! Low cal, low carb, and keto-friendly, so dunk those celery sticks in and eat up!
How To Make Tzatziki Sauce
It’s so easy to make this condiment! You simply mix all of the following ingredients in a bowl until combined. (Scroll down for exact measurements and detailed recipe card.)
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Finely diced peeled cucumber, squeezed of any excess liquid
- Finely diced red onion
- Garlic, finely minced
- Lemon juice
- Finely diced fresh mint
- Kosher salt and a pinch of black pepper
You can serve it right away or chill for later.
Can any yogurt be used?
Greek yogurt is made by straining out the extra whey in regular yogurt, which produces a yogurt that’s thicker, creamier, and tangier than regular yogurt, so I prefer it. But I haven’t noticed much difference in texture between whole-fat, low-fat, or non-fat, so you can use any of those with great results.
How long will homemade Tzatziki sauce last? Leftovers will keep, in an airtight container in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days.
Can you freeze Tzatziki sauce? You can, but I don’t really recommend it. Once thawed, it won’t have the same consistency as when you first made it. Cucumbers tend to get mushy in the freezer, and the lemon can cause the yogurt to curdle a bit.
What to Eat with Tzatziki Sauce?
This condiment is wonderful on Dolma (stuffed Grape Leaves), Grilled Beef Kofta Kabobs, Cheater Beef Gyros, Falafel, grilled meats, roasted vegetables, salads, used as a dip for carrots and celery or smashed potatoes, or just served with toasted pita wedges.
If you’ve got garden cucumbers, this sauce is a must!
Homemade Tzatziki Sauce
- 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup finely diced peeled cucumber , squeezed of any excess liquid
- 3 tablespoons finely diced red onion
- 1 clove garlic , finely diced
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons finely diced fresh mint
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- pinch of black pepper
- In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking.
- Serve immediately or chill for later.