Tzatziki (Yoghurt, Cucumber, Garlic and Mint Dip)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

THIS is how tzatziki should be. NO ONIONS! I've never had tzatziki with onions before but notice that most of the recipes on here seem to include them?! This is simple, delicious and exactly as authentic Greek tzatziki should be. I make this with virtually fat free greek yoghurt and about half the oil and it still comes out beautifully. Keeps in the fridge for 2-3 days, however I suggest you make it the evening before you want it because leaving it overnight really allows the flavours to infuse. Yummy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put the garlic, lemon juice and olive oil in a small bowl and leave to one side.
  2. Peel alternate strips of skin from the cucumber (ie. peel a strip, miss a strip) and grate coarsely.
  3. Place the cucumber in a sieve and sprinkle with salt.
  4. Leave for approximately 30 mins to allow the water to drip away. Squash any remaining juice out of the shredded cucumber.
  5. Put the yogurt and mint in a bowl. Mix well.
  6. Add the garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and drained cucumber, and season well with black pepper.
  7. Mix well and taste for salt before serving.


Most Helpful

After trying countless tzatziki recipes this one tastes the most like my neighborhood Greek restaurant. Thank you for sharing.

Katanashrp March 03, 2011

I made This Tzatziki yesterday to serve with Falafel Recipe#101525. I have never had Tzatziki before so I have no mode of comparison for it. I did make a few changes as per my taste. Based on a previous review, someone substituted sour cream for the yogurt and it worked fine, I substituted cream for yogurt, since I am not a big fan of yogurt. I increased the amount of lemon juice and cucumbers and used fresh mint instead of dried. Even with all these changes my family LOVED this tzatziki. This will be made very often now. Thank you!!

K's August 30, 2009

This is excellent. I tried one or two others but this is the best. It's a must to do the draining process with the cucumbers otherwise it'll be too runny. Instead of mint I use half mint, half dill (and fresh if possible - well, from a tube anyway).

Baz March 20, 2009

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