The Parker's Greek Edition: Tzatziki Aka Yogurt and Gyro Sauce

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is a tzatziki recipe of a friend from Kefalonia in Greece. It's so simple- kids can help make it! So next time you see it at Costco, keep walking. Now you have an authentic recipe of your own! This sauce can be used as a mezze (Greek: appetizer) for dipping bread, or with meats, poultry, kefta- ANYTHING! Additionally, one more alternative of this recipe is to ommit the dill and oregano, and add about 1 Tbsp of freshly chopped mint. Very refreshing with The Parker's Tandoori Chicken recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut cucumber in half and spoon out the seeds. Take a grater, or shredder (whatever you have) and grate the cucumber. If you don't have either, give it a small dice.
  2. Squeeze all the excess water out of the cucumber, using paper towels or dish towels. Srinkle the salt over the cucumber to further dehydrate it.
  3. Finally, mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate. Can be made several hours ahead, or even a day.
Most Helpful

5 5

This really does need the Greek yogurt to taste right. I tried it the first time using well drained (through a cheesecloth) American yogurt and it's still not the same. This is by far my favorite tzatziki sauce ever! I accidentally added the salt to the yogurt mix/spices instead of onto the cukes. Needed to add a little more lemon and yogurt because of it, but it adjusted easily. Used garlic powder (1/2 tsp) instead of the real deal so it blended better, and grated my cukes. Also used dried dill. Great stuff!

4 5

Very good! Only change I made was 2 tsp. lemon juice instead of a full tbs. I'm not sure if fresh squeezed is less tart than the bottle kind I used, but even 2 tsp. was pretty strong. I will definitely make this again! Thanks for sharing!

5 5

Greek yogurt is the way to go!