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authentic tzatziki in brown bowl garnished with fresh mint and cucumber slices
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Authentic Tzatziki Recipe

This authentic tzatziki recipe makes a creamy cucumber dip to serve with gryos, lamb, chicken, or burgers. Make this recipe easily in 10 minutes!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: dip, Sauce
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: Tzatziki, Tzatziki dip
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 34kcal


  • 1 large cucumber grated
  • 1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice (half a lemon)
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint packed, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  • Using a box cheese grater, grate the trimmed cucumber on the large holes. Place in a cloth or paper towels and squeeze excess water out. Set aside.
  • Whisk the yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, mint, kosher salt, pepper, cumin, and cayenne pepper in medium bowl to blend. Add grated cucumbers and toss to coat. Season the mixture to taste.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Serve with chips, pita bread or any grilled meat or burgers.


Calories: 34kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 69mg | Potassium: 147mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 4.4mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 0.4mg