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Dorie Greenspan’s classic Greek Tzatziki Sauce is a versatile condiment that’s super simple to prepare. Use as a dip, sauce or even a salad dressing!

Tzatziki in a square white bowl with a sprig of dill

Dorie Greenspan’s Tzatziki

This Friday, the French Fridays with Dorie crew and I packed our bags and took a journey out of France and into Greece to nibble on veggies with a light and summery cucumber and yogurt dip. Tzatziki is a simple recipe composed of Greek yogurt, minced cucumber, lemon, garlic, dill and mint. Refreshing and healthy, this tzatziki or Greek Yogurt Sauce is perfect for casual noshing on the patio before dinner yet gourmet enough to serve to company.

Tzatziki on a stack of white plates with fresh vegetables

How to Make a Greek Yogurt Sauce


  • Using Greek yogurt eliminated the step of draining the regular stuff, but both work well.
  • A cup of minced, salted then squeezed dry English cucumber was mixed with 2 cups of yogurt, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, minced garlic, dill and mint.
  • Dorie suggested using tzatziki to top sandwiches, burgers or even as the dressing for a tomato salad. I stocked up on lovely summer veggies and served it with crudites.
  • I found this rather bland at first try, so decided to give it some time in the fridge to allow the garlic, et al., to infuse into the dip. It was much improved hours later.

I’d use this tzatziki as a taming influence on a boldly flavored sandwich or as a dip for a spicy chip. I have never been a huge fan of tzatziki, so even though this certainly was an excellent recipe (my fellow Doristas will attest to that), I doubt I’ll be making it again any time soon…

PS…I left out the mint due to you know who’s food proclivities! But totally forgot that the cukes would also be a deal breaker!

Details of this recipe can be found in Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan. For more entertaining inspiration, go to my Appetizer Recipes

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Dorie Greenspan's Tzatziki

Dorie Greenspan's Tzatziki

A classic Greek yogurt sauce with garlic, herbs and yogurt

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 2 cups


2 cups greek yogurt or regular yogurt, drained overnight in a colander lined with cheesecloth over a bowl 1 cup coarsely grated cucumber (seedless) 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 2–3 garlic cloves (split, germ removed and minced) 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill 2 tablespoons minced fresh mint Salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 cups greek yogurt or regular yogurt, drained overnight in a colander lined with cheesecloth over a bowl
  • 1 cup coarsely grated cucumber (seedless)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2–3 garlic cloves (split, germ removed and minced)
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh mint
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Grate cucumber, add ½ teaspoon salt and let it sit for 30 minutes. Drain well and add it to a bowl together with the yogurt.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, mix well, check for seasonings and serve cold.
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59 comments on “Dorie Greenspan’s Tzatziki”

  1. I can just imagine sitting outside on a super hot day, eating huge bowls of crunchy veggies dipped in this cool yoghurt dip. Who needs hot food?

  2. I love tzatziki as a dip for pita chips though I’ve never though to add fresh dill. Wonderful idea!

  3. Wish I could have found some fresh dill too…. Yours is so pretty.

  4. I do love dill, and once it warms up again here something cold and creamy will be welcome:@)

  5. Such a lovely dip and perfect for snacking on some summer veggies.

  6. My family loves Tzatziki served with chicken Kabobs. I’ve never used Greek yogurt, on my list to try.

  7. This does sound like a lovely dip!

  8. I love tzatziki and make it all the time in the summer, but I honestly don’t think I have ever followed a recipe! I go crazy with the garlic and do as you did, dip vegetables in it.

  9. I enjoy Tsatziki and this looks like a great recipe! You amaze me Liz – always making it look so easy and pretty!

  10. Wonderful dip , Lizzy ! Goes well with some summer veggies and a refreshing accompaniment to meaty meals .

  11. I always forget about this dip. I have some cukes from the garden to use. Apps on the patio tonight!

  12. I LOVE Tzatziki! Yours sounds delicious. ah picky eaters, haha 😉

  13. Sorry this wasn’t your favorite. I really liked it, but I was so hungry by the time we had dinner I would’ve enjoyed anything.

  14. Eating tzaziki is one of my favorite things. I really should make it more often, because I love it!

  15. Oh, tzatziki, I love you. I slather this stuff on everything in the summer!

  16. I love the beautiful pictures and your food ideas. My problem is a need for a printable recipe. Martha Stewart has a recipe with ads all over it. The other cook you referred readers to does not have a recipe just an ad for her book. I hope you do not continue with this format. I really enjoy your ideas and recipes alone. The other sites are not user friendly.

    • The publishers have asked us not to publish Dorie’s recipe unless it’s already been published. Most times, I can find it on-line, but this was one exception. Sorry for the inconvience, Nora!

  17. We’ve been away for a few days with spotty Wifi so I haven’t been chatting. This spread/dip is really one of my favourites, it’s so refreshing particularly served with BBQ’d meat. It’s a summer staple for us.

  18. I appreciate your sharing this recipe, Liz. It actually looks and sounds quite refreshing. Perfect for a summer dip for crudite =)

  19. The veggies go so well with it, but I had it with chicken. Couldn´t believe it was yogurt and not some fatty soft cheese. Looks wonderful Liz! Enjoy the weekend!

  20. It was a nice way to dress up yogurt 🙂

  21. Unlike you, I’m a huge fan of tzatziki. It reminds me of the amazing falafel we ate while in Paris. So good with tzatziki drizzled on top! Thank you for sharing Liz! And thank you for all your sweet words on my blog. They mean so much!

  22. I love tzatziki — especially to eat with kabobs or pita bread. It looks delish, Liz!

  23. It might be simple but there’s nothing simple about how it tastes. Love it with meat..

  24. Don’t you just love this – so fresh, pairs perfectly with everything!

    Happy French Friday!

  25. This one definitely needs to sit. I had the opposite issue where it was really spicy when I first made it, but it mellowed overnight. I guess you’re not going to make this one again though. Oh, well. On to the duck next week! Happy Friday.

  26. We go through a bucketload of tzatziki every week along with hummus, taramosalata, baba ghanoush, spicy pumpkin dip and more. If it’s been a long day we stop at 4:30 for dips and a drink. Then I don’t have to hurry with dinner. 🙂

  27. you are so right. this was indeed a very versatile dip: casual and elegant at the same time. i’m sorry that you didn’t really enjoy this though. but bravo for the effort.

  28. Love dip…and this one looks and sounds delicious 🙂

  29. this look delish dear Lizzy and always love your shots! Hope you have a nice weekend!
    try to rest xo

  30. I love tzatziki and slather it over fish. I always make mine with Greek yogurt as well. Great photo!

  31. Oh dear – another lovely creation that Bill couldn’t stomach! And what a shame after you left out the mint as well! I love this dip – it’s very refreshing and so much better than those dips I was brought up on – 1 box of sour cream mixed with one green onion dip mix xx

  32. We are fans of tzatziki too. A wonder sauce!

  33. LOL next time you wont miss the mint then!

    I think your background this week looks refreshing and light, just perfect for this recipe! 🙂

  34. Ah, so I gather he didn’t try it because of the cucumbers. You can’t win ’em all. As long as you liked it – that is the main thing.

  35. Such a classic recipe. Perfect for summer.

  36. Eying this as a dinner when the temperatures decide to sour again!

  37. My favorite sauce when we go to the greek =) My mum likes it with fish, I enjoy it with beef more. Thanks for sharing Liz, looks super inviting!

  38. We are huge tzatziki fan and it has pretty much replaced ranch dressing at my house. It has to have lots of garlic and dill. It’s so good with grilled lamb and fish.

  39. I am not a fan of cucumbers, but somehow they were great in this dish. This turned out to be
    very good. I love your set of little white dishes, they are so cute. Have a great weekend.

  40. Hey gal, I’m new to Tzatziki! This dip is as cool as a cucumber, Liz 🙂

  41. So I suspect you enjoyed this… try it with a little mint for yourself.. I really think the fresh mint and dill is what made this an exceptionally good Tzatziki recipe.

  42. My fav, love tzatziki, looks great!!

  43. Liz, your fresh summer veggies are a wonderful accompaniment for the tzatziki – it looks very fresh and so appetizing – but I have to agree with you, there are quite a few other dip/sauces out there that we prefer, not that this was not good, it is just a bit bland and it has gotten such a bad rep around here, that it always seems a bit of a task to look beyond that! Still, a nice recipe and your presentations are always fabulous – a real pleasure to look at!
    Have a lovely weekend. Liz!

  44. I’d love to have some of that tzatziki with lamb kebabs! Yum!

  45. We just love tzatiki…. We eat it with pita chips or celery!! The best one we had was in Santorini.. Ahh.. to go back there…

  46. I love the huge sprig of dill on top! Yum!

  47. I’m a huge fan of tzatziki and I totally agree that leaving the garlic to infuse is a good idea! A shame that you didn’t love it though 🙂

  48. LOL Lizzy, your honesty is refreshing.

  49. Tzatzkiki is one of my favorite dips ever!!

  50. Simple and wholesome!

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