Tsatziki (Cucumber and Yogurt Sauce)

This fresh and flavorful sauce is the perfect accompaniment for broiled meats, chicken, and ground meat dishes. This will add a zip to any dish!

Simply Delicious Greek Cooking: Gyros with Tzatziki


  • 2 cups plain yogurt, drained
  • 2 standard cucumbers or 1 English cucumber
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1 tablespoon wine vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Optional: Place a piece of cheesecloth in a colander and pour in the yogurt. Allow the yogurt to drain for at least 2 hours.
  2. Peel cucumbers (do not peel English cucumber).
  3. Remove seeds with a spoon.
  4. Grate the cucumbers.
  5. Strain and squeeze dry cucumbers tightly using a cloth.
  6. Mix all the ingredients.
  7. Refrigerate for at least ½ hour.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with warmed pita bread pieces, gyros, and raw vegetables.