How to Make Authentic Tzatziki (with Greek Yoghurt, Garlic and Cucumber)

Have you ever wondered how to make authentic tzatziki?

How to Make Authentic Tzatziki (with Greek Yoghurt and Cucumber)

One of my fondest memories from travelling in the Greek islands was their tzatziki – let’s face it, nothing is ever going to top authentic, Greek-made tzatziki, but my version comes a very close second, even if I do say so myself!

Perfect for summer barbecues, its zingy freshness is a winner every time. Not only that, if you make it with low fat Greek yoghurt, you won’t find a healthier dip or sauce anywhere else!

Make it well in advance if you can (at least the day before) as this gives it time for the garlic and hint of spice to seep into the creamy yoghurt! Serve it with some delicious homemade bread and a fresh Greek salad and you’re good to go.

How to Make Authentic Tzatziki (with Greek Yoghurt and Cucumber)

Going Greek: Authentic Homemade Tzatziki

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  • 3-4 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 400g (1 + 5/8 cup) Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Small pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cucumber (grated)
  • Sprig of mint for decoration (optional)


~ Mix the yoghurt, oil, vinegar, cayenne, garlic and salt. Cover and leave in the fridge as long as possible (at least overnight).

~ Just before you are ready to serve the tzatziki, grate the cucumber and then using a paper towel, squeeze out as much liquid as you can (if you like, you could also remove the seeds from the cucumber as they produce the most liquid). Add to the yoghurt and stir until just combined. Serve chilled. Enjoy!

Going Greek: Authentic Homemade Tzatziki


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