5 Ingredient Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Tzatziki sauce has to be one of my all-time favorite recipes ever. Tzatziki is a cucumber-yogurt-garlic-dill sauce that comes together in a flash and only has 5 ingredients in it!

5 ingredient tzatziki sauce recipe. The perfect easy appetizer dip for parties from @sweetphi

I’ve been making tzatziki for years, and when someone asked me for the recipe, I was taken back that I hadn’t shared it yet, so this week I’m sharing the recipe for Five Ingredient Fridays.

how to make tzatziki sauce

It’s a sauce, but also a dip. I serve it alongside grilled meats (particularly chicken or lamb- it goes perfect with these lamb chop pitas) or any Mediterranean or Greek food (it goes perfectly on these chickpea and zucchini veggie burgers), and I make it for parties as a dip and serve it with pita, it’s just one of those universally loved things!

5 ingredient easy tzatziki sauce recipe

I’m such a huge fan of Mediterranean and Greek food. Seriously, it’s probably my most favorite cuisine. The only problem? Where I live (Milwaukee) is sadly lacking in that type of food. It’s really a bummer. I’m from Chicago which has an awesome Greek Town, so sometimes my hubby and I will hop in the car and drive down to Chicago to get Greek food (I’ve been known to share these trips on my Snapchat – username: Sweetphi). And of course I always order a side of tzatziki sauce, lol.

5 ingredient tzatziki sauce recipe. The perfect easy appetizer dip for parties from @sweetphi

The trick to making good tzatziki is to shred the cucumber and then pour off the excess water. It always amazes me how water cucumbers retain. After you pour off the water you mix the cucumbers with some garlic, yogurt (I actually like using plain yogurt but if you want it thicker you could use Greek yogurt), dill and optional you could add a dash of lemon juice.

5 ingredient tzatziki sauce recipe. The perfect easy appetizer dip for parties from @sweetphi

For a quick dinner, what I like to do is make a tzatziki chicken salad on a pita. All I do is mix some rotisserie chicken and some of this tzatiki sauce and put it on a warm pita and viola, dinner done, and it takes like 5 minutes!

Tzatziki chicken salad on pitas from @sweetphi

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5 Ingredient Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
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Total time
Serves: 1½ cups sauce
  • 1 medium-large cucumber, grated (peeling the cucumber is optional)
  • 1 cup (8 oz) plain yogurt (for thicker sauce use plain Green yogurt)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • pinch of salt (optional)
  1. Grate the cucumber into a bowl. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then drain off the excess liquid.
  2. To the bowl add the yogurt, garlic, dill and lemon juice and add a pinch of salt if using.
  3. Stir until well combined, then refrigerate for an hour and serve.


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  • Jessica

    I love Greek food and you know I love your five ingredient Friday! I think this would be a great, festive addition to a holiday party! Thank you for sharing

    • Sweetphi

      Thank you so much! So glad you like my Five Ingredient Fridays, means a lot to me to hear that 🙂 This would definitely be the perfect addition to holiday parties 🙂

  • Little Cooking Tips

    Wonderful tzatziki Phi! As you imagine, we really wanted to read the way you make this at home:) And you’re right: the key to making a proper tzatziki is squeezing off any excess water. The more you leave out, the better the result.
    We use red wine vinegar here, but we know that in the States most people use lemon instead. Isn’t it amazing with fried veggies? Have you tried it with tempura-style zucchini or fried eggplant slices(two of our favorite combos)?:)
    Sending you lots of love,
    Panos and Mirella

    • Sweetphi

      That is so fascinating that you use red wine vinegar, I will definitely have to try that! Thank you for commenting, I know you are the Greek food experts 🙂 And oh man, I now absolutely have to try it with tempura style zucchini or fried eggplant slices, both sound absolutely amazing!!!!

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