Greek Tzatziki Dip

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Greek Tzatziki Dip is creamy Greek yogurt with crisp cucumber, lemon and dill.  It’s great as a dip or sauce for grilled meats and gyros! 

Greek Tzatziki Dip is creamy Greek yogurt with crisp cucumber, lemon and dill.  It's great as a dip or sauce for grilled meats and gyros! (DF, V option)

**This post was originally published in June 2014.  The photos have been updated but the text and recipe remain the same.

Last week was my kids’ first week of summer break, and they went to a basketball camp about 30 minutes away from our house for 3 hours each morning.  I didn’t have a whole lot of time for blogging, but it sure was nice running on the local trails, grabbing coffee, and running errands until they were done.

One drawback to the camp was that there was a Whole Foods nearby, and I went in there every. single. day.  I told myself that I needed to go for a “couple” of things because I don’t get to Whole Foods very often.  The next day I did the same thing for other items…and it went on like that all week.

We haven’t even talked about the salad bar yet — I love it!  I’d eat lunch there every day if I could.  I’m relieved that I’m further away from Whole Foods this week, because when I’m near that store, I’m on it like a fly on fly paper.   I really don’t need the temptation. 🙂

Greek Tzatziki Dip is creamy Greek yogurt with crisp cucumber, lemon and dill.  It's great as a dip or sauce for grilled meats and gyros! (DF, V option)

Now that I’ve gotten my Whole Foods addiction off my chest, it’s time to take a walk on the mediterranean side with this Greek Tzatziki Dip.

Authentic Greek tzatziki (pronounced zat-ziki), is creamy Greek yogurt combined with garlic, lemon juice or vinegar, cucumber and fresh dill.

Tzatziki is a staple in Greek cuisine, so if you ever go to a Greek restaurant or festival, you’re sure to find it. 🙂

Is Tzatziki a Sauce or Dip?

Greek Tzatziki Dip is creamy Greek yogurt with crisp cucumber, lemon and dill.  It's great as a dip or sauce for grilled meats and gyros! (DF, V option)

I chose to title this recipe Greek Tzatziki Dip, but tzatziki is both a sauce and a dip.

Tzatziki is served as an appetizer or meze for dipping pita bread, chips and veggies, or it’s used as a sauce for grilled meats and gyros.

It’s also great by the spoonful.

This easy Greek tzatziki recipe comes together in mere minutes, and is a great way to use up those garden cucumbers.

Whether you’re serving it as a dip or a sauce, Greek Tzatziki Dip is guaranteed to leave you feeling cool as cucumber this summer. 🙂

Greek Tzatziki Dip is creamy Greek yogurt with crisp cucumber, lemon and dill.  It's great as a dip or sauce for grilled meats and gyros! (DF, V option)

Recipe Tips/Substitutions

My favorite Greek yogurt is Fage because it’s the closest thing I’ve tasted to the Greek yogurt that I had when I was in Greece years ago.  I normally use 2% for this recipe, but you can certain use 0% or full fat if you desire.

Some tzatziki recipes contain white vinegar, but I prefer fresh lemon juice.  It really makes the flavors shine.

Dried herbs won’t work in this recipe — be sure to use fresh dill.  It’s a game changer!

Greek Tzatziki Dip is creamy Greek yogurt with crisp cucumber, lemon and dill.  It's great as a dip or sauce for grilled meats and gyros! (DF, V option)

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Greek Tzatziki Dip

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Greek Tzatziki Dip is creamy Greek yogurt with crisp cucumber, lemon and dill.  It's great as a dip or sauce for grilled meats and gyros!

overhead shot of greek tzatziki dip with diced cucumbers on top and spoon alongside

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt*
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, chopped into small dice (peel if desired)
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced, or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix until combined. Taste and adjust the seasonings as necessary.
  2. Serve as a dip with veggies and pita chips or as a sauce with grilled meats or gyros. Enjoy!

Notes

  • *My favorite Greek yogurt is Fage because it's the closest thing I've tasted to the Greek yogurt that I had when I was in Greece years ago.  I normally use 2% for this recipe, but you can certain use 0% or full fat if you desire.
  • Some tzatziki recipes contain white vinegar, but I prefer fresh lemon juice.  It really makes the flavors shine.
  • Dried herbs won't work in this recipe -- be sure to use fresh dill.  It's a game changer!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1/4 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 84Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 190mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 6g

Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

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