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Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Tzatziki sauce recipe: A creamy sauce for grilled meat, a dipping sauce for vegetables or us it  as a healthy option for a dressing for your favorite salad!

Tzatziki sauce with all the color of carrots and cucumber.

Today’s post is for a Tzatziki Sauce recipe goes by many names.  I’ve heard it called a cucumber sauce, a gyro sauce, greek yogurt dip, cucumber-yogurt dip and even tatziki instead of the greek spelling of Tzatiki!  Whatever you want to call it, this tatziki sauce recipe is so versatile you will use it for so many things!

What Is Tzatziki Sauce?

Very commonly served on greek foods such as kabobs and gyros, it is a sauce made from Greek yogurt with cucumbers, garlic, spices and lemon juice.  In Greece, it is usually served alongside what they call mezzas.  Which loosely translated means small plate appetizers.

Grated Carrots and Cucumber to go into cucumber Sauce

Ingredients in Tzatziki Sauce

  • Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Greek Oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lime juice
Ingredients on a tray to make tzatziki sauce : carrots, cucumber, spices, Greek Yogurt and lime juice

The tzatziki sauce is easy to make.  It’s just a few ingredients grated fresh carrots and cucumbers with garlic, lemon juice and greek yogurt.  Greek Yogurt is ideal to use because it is already thickened.  If you don’t have access to greek yogurt you can sub traditional yogurt but you will need to use a mesh strainer to strain out the water.

Then to make the greek yogurt sauce you will just stir all of the ingredients together.(see below)

Stiring all ingredients of simple Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

The flavor gets better if you allow them to meld for a little while.  It isn’t absolutely necessary, but if you have time make it in the morning or even the night before you are ready to serve it.

What can you serve with a Tzatziki Sauce Recipe?

Tzatziki sauce works well to cool down spicy foods or as a flavor accompaniment.  

Other options you could use these for are as a salad dressing, dipping sauce for fresh-cut vegetables or even a dip for spicy wings instead of blue cheese or ranch dressing.  (The calories are a little bit less too… Winning! ).  I have on my list to try the sauce with these wings from Take Two Tapas Srirarcha Pineapple Wings  I’ve also got these Spicy Baked Chicken Strips from An Affair from the heart to use as a healthy dipping sauce option!

Having great sauce recipes gives you lots of options for entertaining!  You can change a recipe completely but switching up the sauce or using sauces as dips.  Check out some of my other sauces like this Chimichurri Sauce and this Avocado Dipping Sauce to weave into your entertaining menus!

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Close up of ingredients and finished tzatziki gyro sauce recipe
Yield: 8 2 tablespoon servings

Tzatziki Sauce Recipe: (Cucumber Yogurt Dip)

Tzatziki Sauce in a black bowl next to chicken in the background

Tzatziki sauce recipe: A creamy sauce for grilled meat, a dipping sauce for vegetables or us it  as a healthy option for a dressing for your favorite salad!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, grated and drained (see first direction)
  • 1/4 cup carrots, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced finely
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Grate the cucumber then squeeze out any extra moisture.  (This will avoid your sauce from being runny) 
  2. Add all ingredients, drained cucumber, carrots, garlic, lemon juice to greek yogurt.
  3. Stir to mix well.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Ideally make 3 hours before serving (up to overnight). This allows flavors to meld.  Store in an airtight container in fridge until ready to serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

8 2 tablespoon servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 18Cholesterol: 1mgSodium: 12mgCarbohydrates: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g

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Monday 22nd of January 2018

Ahhh yum!! Tzatziki is my love language :P Loving this healthy homemade version, and loving the addition of the carrots!

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Monday 22nd of January 2018

I've never thought to add carrots to my Tzatkiki! Awesome idea! Thanks for the recipe!

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