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Refreshing Greek Yogurt with Cucumber and Garlic Dip. Authentic Recipe of Tzatziki.

Things to know about Tzatziki Recipe

This refreshing tzatziki dip is loved around the world for its simple yet bold combination of yogurt, cucumber, garlic, vinegar, and olive oil. Many international tzatziki recipes call for dill or mints. But the authentic Greek tzatziki sauce does not include these two ingredients. Traditional tzatziki should be made with thick and creamy Greek yogurt with a good amount of garlic. Traditional tzatziki Greek yogurt is made out of sheep or goat’s milk giving it its popular creamy texture. The texture of the yogurt and the amount of garlic makes this recipe what it is.

Refreshing Greek Yogurt with Cucumber and Garlic Dip. Authentic Recipe of Tzatziki.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: Τζατζίκι
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


Servings 3 Cups
Calories / Serving 266 kcal


  • 1 pc Cucumber
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • ¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 500 grams (1.1 lb) Greek Yougurt
  • 1-2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
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  • Start peeling the cucumbers and remove their seeds. Grate the cucumbers in a bowl and season them with salt and pepper. Leave them for 10 minutes.
  • Grate the garlic.
  • After 10 minutes, squeeze the excess water from the cucumbers with a towel.
  • In a bowl combine cucumber, grated garlic, red wine vinegar, and a pinch of salt.
  • Drizzle some olive oil on top of the tzatziki before serving cold. Kalí órexi! Enjoy your meal!


  • The garlic for this traditional tzatziki should be grated and not minced by a knife. This way you can ensure the garlic is distributed evenly in the dip.
  • Feel free to add any other herb you like to this recipe. This is the basic traditional version of tzatziki. But you can always add some fresh parsley or dill to tzatziki.
To achieve a creamy sauce, you must remove the seeds of the cucumbers. The seeds of cucumbers have a lot of water in them and over time they release water causing the yogurt to be watery. The yogurt should be Greek because of the way it is strained, and the milk used.
Tzatziki does not have to be just a side dip for chips. It can be served next to grilled meats, fresh vegetables, in a sandwich, or with pita bread.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:


Calories: 266kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 17gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 836mgPotassium: 255mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 11IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 193mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword Greek Yogurt with Cucumber and Garlic Dip, Tzatziki Recipe, Τζατζίκι
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