Homemade Tzatziki Recipe

The series of homemade Greek recipes continues, with homemade tzatziki. Tzatziki is a Greek yogurt like sauce, that most of us here in America know from Cava. In Greece, every meal is accompanied by tzatziki and Greek people love to eat it on pita bread. Have you ever had tzatziki? Did you notice that every place has its own recipe? Why do you think that happens?

Homemade Tzatziki


  • 1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Persian cucumber, small dice
  • Juice of 1 lemon plus more if needed
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste


  1. In a large bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, diced cucumber, lemon juice garlic and dill. Stir to combine.
  2. Season with salt and pepper and taste. Adjust salt, pepper or lemon juice depending on your preference. Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.

23 thoughts on “Homemade Tzatziki Recipe”

  1. I have tried this recipe on the weekend and it tasted much better than Cava’s tzatziki . Thank you for sharing it with us!

  2. Thank you so much for posting this great tzatziki recipe!! Tzatziki always reminds me of my mom’s side of the family, which is very Greek. My cousin Dora has a fantastic recipe very similar to this one, and I agree with the previous comment – so much better than Cava, and Cava’s pretty good.

    I do find it interesting that there are so many different variations and recipes for dishes like tzatziki or baba ghanoush (or any other commonly eaten dish). I think a lot of it depends on taste. For tzatziki, I know some people prefer to focus on the flavor of the cucumber or they don’t like/can’t eat garlic or they don’t like the way the lemon juice makes the yogurt taste. And with such a simple dish, there can be a lot of variation.

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