EASY Tzatziki Sauce (10 minutes!)

Creamy tzatziki sauce made with Greek yogurt, fresh cucumbers and herbs. Comes together in just 10 minutes and tastes great with vegetables and flat bread or on a sandwich or salad. 

Whenever I make a large Mezze platter, I always add a bowl of tzatziki sauce and homemade hummus. I love both, but tzatziki may take the cake for me. It has the great creamy texture and is one of those sauces that you just can’t obtain enough of!

tzatziki sauce on platter with vegetables

Tzatziki sauce is a traditional Greek yogurt and cucumber creamy sauce. It’s served with many traditional Greek dishes and can also be used as a vegetable dip. It has the great creamy texture from the yogurt and fresh flavor from the cucumber and herbs. Not only does it taste delicious, but it’s super simple to make. This simple recipe comes together in less than 10 minutes!

tzatziki sauce ingredients on counter

How to make tzatziki sauce

  1. SQUEEZE. Grate the cucumber and then squeeze out the excess water with a cheese cloth or thick paper towel.
  2. MIX. Stir together the grated cucumber, yogurt, lemon, garlic and salt. Then add in fresh thyme or mint if desired (about 1-2 Tablespoons of each).
  3. LET SIT. Allow the sauce to sit for about 10 minutes to help the flavors meld together. Then season with salt and pepper.

Variations + tips

  • Make sure the cucumber is strained of all water. Squeeze it out inside of a cheesecloth, sieve or thick paper towel.
  • If you don’t have fresh lemon juice, you can substitute white or red vinegar.
  • Add in fresh herbs such as dill, mint, parsley or basil (mint and dill are my favorites).
  • If you want the sauce to be a small sweet, feel free to mix in a teaspoon or two of sugar or honey.
  • If you want to add a small heat, add in 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin.

grating cucumber for tzatziki

Ways to use tzatziki


Store any leftovers in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Make sure to give it a large stir before serving again, as some of the liquid may separate a bit.

tzatziki sauce in wooden bowl

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Tzatziki Sauce

Course: Condiment

Cuisine: Greek

Keyword: tzatziki sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 14

Calories: 19

Creamy tzatziki sauce made with Greek yogurt, fresh cucumbers and herbs. Comes together in just 10 minutes and tastes great with vegetables and flat bread or on a sandwich or salad. 

  • 3/4-1 cup grated cucumber (about 1 cucumber, no need to peel)
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (I use Fage 2% or full fat)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice (more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt (more to taste)

Optional: fresh thyme or mint

  • Place the grated cucumber into a cheese cloth or paper towel and squeeze the extra water out over the sink.

  • Combine the cucumber, yogurt, lemon, garlic and salt in a medium size bowl. Mix until combined. Add 1-2 Tablespoons of fresh thyme or mint if desired.

  • Let the sauce sit for 10 minutes (for the flavors to meld together). Then season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately or refrigerate in a covered container for 3 days.

Serving: 2Tablespoons | Calories: 19kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 28mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg


meet Jamielyn Nye

Jamielyn Nye is the creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. She is also the author of the I Heart Naptime Cookbook. When she’s not creating in the kitchen, Jamielyn loves to chase her four small monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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