Tzatziki is a popular sauce found in Greek cuisine, and it's often used as a dip or spread. This tzatziki sauce recipe is bright, creamy and flavorful with dill and lemon. Be sure to squeeze the cucumber thoroughly, as the juice will dilute the flavors.

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Active Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins


  • 1 large cucumber, unpeeled, halved and seeded

  • ¾ cup whole-milk plain yogurt

  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill

  • 1 small clove garlic, grated

  • ½ teaspoon grated lemon zest

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Coarsely shred cucumber over a clean kitchen towel. Wrap the towel around the shredded cucumber; gently squeeze to remove excess liquid. Transfer the cucumber to a medium bowl.

  2. Add yogurt, dill, garlic, lemon zest and salt; stir to combine. Season with pepper to taste.

To make ahead

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Stir well before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

27 Calories
1g Fat
3g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 27
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 1g 2%
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Vitamin A 88IU 2%
Vitamin C 2mg 2%
Vitamin D 1IU 0%
Folate 6mcg 2%
Vitamin K 8mcg 7%
Sodium 212mg 9%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Magnesium 10mg 2%
Potassium 124mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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