Authentic Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Authentic Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Tzatziki sauce originated in the Ottoman Empire, but it is a staple in many Southeast European and Middle Eastern cuisines. In Greece, the sauce is typically made with sheep or goat milk-based yogurt and served alongside an impressive display of small appetizer dishes called "meze." With this simple do-it-yourself sauce, featuring My Greek Orchard extra virgin olive oil, you won't have to wait until you visit your favorite Mediterranean restaurant to enjoy it with warm pita or fresh veggies.   

Tzatziki Sauce



  • 1/2 of a large cucumber, grated
  • 1 1/2 cups plain full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons My Greek Orchard extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill





  1. Cut a partially peeled, large cucumber in half. Grate one half of the cucumber. If you're making the sauce ahead of time, drain the cucumbers over a mesh sieve or colander over night in the refrigerator. If you're in a rush, use a paper towel to squeeze the excess water from the cucumber.
  2. Combine the yogurt, garlic, oil, lemon juice, and salt in a large bowl. For maximum flavor, cover and refrigerate overnight. If you're in a hurry, simply mix the ingredients.
  3. Transfer the grated cucumber and fresh dill to the yogurt mixture and stir to combine. Serve chilled with pita bread and veggies for dipping or as a sauce for your main dish.