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Author Notes: Tzatziki, for me, goes back 30 plus years ago; I first tasted it at a co-worker’s family gathering and it became a recipe I had to have, but through the years I tweaked it to my liking. Back then, I would either take time to make the yogurt or drain store bought overnight, however, these days I use Greek yogurt, and the thick consistency works great with this recipe as well as cutting time. Other tweak notes: I don’t squeeze out the cucumber juice after grating (as is often done) and I have never found the dip to be watery. As well, I like using red wine vinegar and leaving out the dill, non-traditional and all to my liking…lapadia style! This makes an excellent dip; serve with plenty of pita triangles, chips and/or fresh cut vegetables…always a crowd pleaser.lapadia

Makes a little more than 1 cup (easy to double)

  • 1 medium size cucumber, washed, unpeeled and seeded
  • 3/4 cup plain whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup sour cream - whole or reduced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3-4 cloves finely minced garlic
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste
  1. Seed the cucumber. Discard the seeds.
  2. Grate the cucumber, retaining as much of the juice as you can.
  3. Add the cucumber and whatever remaining juice (after grating) to the yogurt.
  4. Whisk in the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Chill for a couple hours to overnight.

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over 2 years ago Crispy

I made this last night and served it with MySocialChef's Lamb Meatballs and it was very good and easy to make. I like dill and would have added it but I was out!


over 2 years ago lapadia

Hi Crispy! Thanks for the feedback and trying my recipe! Yes, dill is excellent to add, I am not a big dill person so I don't...but, recipes are made for tweaking :)


over 3 years ago AKesling

I made this tonight for my family. It was delicious. I'm so glad to have this recipe. I will definitely make it again!


over 3 years ago lapadia

Thanks! I'm happy to hear back from you, AK, glad you and your family enjoyed the recipe :)


over 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Definitely making this one! Thanks lapadia!


over 4 years ago lapadia



over 4 years ago Rita Banci

I love tzatziki though I hardly make it: hubs doesn't like cucumbers... :(


over 4 years ago wingirl

I often make tztatziki without cucumbers (my kids prefer without), and I add fresh mint, still delicious, try it!


over 4 years ago Sagegreen

I like using the cucumber juice as well. It adds such flavor!


over 4 years ago lapadia

Yes, it gives an extra refreshing taste!