Easy Tzatziki Recipe

Easy Tzatziki Recipe

I love making tzatziki, especially for our taco dinners, a welcomed fresh addition to the rest of the meal.

This recipe is not an authentic greek version, but it is super easy to make and tasty, that I promise you! I prefer a greek yogurt for this recipe as it is thicker in consistency, but full fat yogurt works too. I tend not to buy 0% or reduced fat yogurt. It’s actually healthier to eat full fat over reduced fat yogurts.

I don’t usually follow a recipe making tzatziki, but I created this to give an idea roughly how much to use. If you want more olive oil, more herbs, up to you!


As much as I love having yogurt, often times I find that we do not finish it in time and we end up tossing spoiled yogurt. It wasn’t until I realized that yogurt, after a few days of it’s best before date , can still be consumed.


If I noticed that the yogurt has been expired for a couple days, I perform the smell test. If it still smells the way it did when I first bought it, it’s good. If it smells like it’s starting to go rancid, I toss. Don’t be alarmed with the liquid formed at the top, that is whey separating from the yogurt. Stir it in, as it has a good amount of protein and calcium.


Cucumbers: I usually roughly chop my cucumbers, but you can grate them for a thinner texture (this may result in more water in your tzatziki. I suggest to wring out the excess water or add salt and let it drain out the water from the cucumbers).

Herbs: Mint and dill are my go to. Roll the mint leaves into a cylinder shape and slice them for a seamless chop. Cilantro or basil would be a nice addition as well.

Lemon Juice: You don’t need a lot, I usually slice 1/3 and give it a good squeeze. You can also add lime juice as well.

Tzatziki Recipe

Serving Size:
1 cup (approx.)
10 minutes


  • 1 cup greek yogurt or full fat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, sliced or grated
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4-5 mint leaves
  • a few sprigs of dill
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil


  1. Dice cucumber into small pieces or grate (see above for further details)
  2. Slice mint and dill thinly
  3. Combine all of the ingredients together
  4. Enjoy the day of and refrigerate and consume within the next few days.
Antonietta Ferretti
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