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Homemade Tzatziki

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If you haven't made your own tzatziki, this is your chance to experience such an amazing sauce. Whether you topping lamb in a pita, grilled vegetables or with crispy baked pita chips this fresh and vibrant condiment is extremely easy and delicious.
Course Homemade Ingredients & Condiments
Keyword cucumber, garlic, Greek yogurt, lemon
Prep Time 1 hr 15 mins
Additional Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 1 english cucumber grated
  • kosher salt
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 to 2 cloves fresh garlic grated
  • 1 heaping tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves


  • Using a box grater, grate the entire cucumber. Place into a fine mesh strainer or colander, season with a generous pinch of salt. Toss and let the cucumber drain into your sink or a large bowl for 1 hour or so.
  • In a medium bowl combine the yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, mint and drained cucumber. Stir to combine, taste and season with more salt to your preference.
  • Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours or overnight so the flavors can develop.