If there’s anything I learned from my study abroad in Greece, it’s that the Greeks love their tzatziki. And for good reason too — it can go with almost anything.

Tzatziki is a condiment made primarily from Greek yogurt, which makes it thick and creamy without being fattening. But the best part about tzatziki is that it’s so simple to make — even the most novice of chefs can perfect this simple sauce. See for yourself how easy it is with this recipe.


Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 5

1 cup strained Greek yogurt*
½ cucumber (diced into ¼ inch chunks)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 clove garlic (finely minced)
1 tablespoon dill, mint or parsley (fresh is best, but dried works too)
1 pinch salt

*Can’t find this at your local store? You can make your own by placing regular Greek yogurt in cheesecloth, and letting the excess water drain.

1. Incorporate the salt, olive oil, lemon and garlic into the yogurt. Make sure the ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the mixture.


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2. Fold in the herbs and cucumber.


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Aaand that’s it. Keep in mind that all of the ingredients and amounts above are guidelines. If you don’t like something, don’t add it, and if you want more of something, add more of it. Play with the proportions until you find a mix that you like.

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