Authentic Greek Tzatziki

This traditional tzatziki recipe learned in Athens makes the definitive version of the creamy cucumber yogurt dip.

Authentic Greek Tzatziki

  • Servings: 8 servings

The key is draining the yogurt to achieve an ultra-smooth, spreadable texture accented by fresh garlic, olive oil, vinegar and mint. The garlic, olive oil and mint take it to another level versus store-bought. Serve with warm pita and vegetables.


  • 1/2 of a large cucumber, unpeeled
  • 1 1/2 cups plain full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh dill


  • Grate the cucumber and drain through a fine mesh sieve overnight in the fridge.
  • Combine the yogurt, garlic, oil, vinegar, and salt in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Transfer the grated cucumber and fresh dill to the yogurt mixture and stir to combine. Serve chilled with pita bread for dipping.