Homemade Tzatziki Dip

Homemade Tzatziki Sauce {Beard and Bonnet} #gfree #glutenfree

Did you have a great holiday weekend? We were surrounded by family and friends for the 4th here at our home in Long Beach. Our holiday started with a small gathering at our house for July 4th to eat and listen to the concert in the park across the street from our house, a massive taco bar for our guests to enjoy prepared by my wonderful Mother-in-law and myself, and cocktails on the patio. *Recipes from our taco bar will be up later this week! It really was one of the best 4th of July celebrations we have ever had. Then on Saturday we had our neighbors,ย Beth of Tasty Yummies and her husband Mark, over for dinner. Did I mention how lucky I am to have a g-free food blogger friend living literally up the street from me?! It really made for one of the best meals ever and lots of great conversation. I made falafel, and millet tabbouleh, and she cooked the most amazing little zucchini bites with fresh zucchini from her garden, and an AMAZING no-bake vegan “cheesecake”. We literally ate until we couldn’t eat anymore this past weekend and I have no regrets…although I may be moving a bit slower today than normal.

Alongside of our falafel dinner I served red pepper hummus and this tzatziki for dipping.ย I normally do NOT like tzatziki because I loathe dill. However, I do LOVE cucumber, lemon, and a really good quality Greek yogurt. For years I have made tzatziki at home trying to overcome my aversion to dill and each time I take a bite and am reminded that yet again, I still don’t like it. I wonder if my taste buds will ever grow up and accept flavors like dill, blue cheese, or French roast coffee? Since I really wanted to have a creamy tzatziki sauce for our guests to enjoy I decided to try and swap up the traditional recipe a bit and substitute in one of my favorite herbs, cilantro. The result was a thick, creamy dipping sauce for our falafel that blew me away and although the falafel was long gone on Sunday afternoon we enjoyed what was left of this dip with fresh carrots and other veggies for a light lunch.

Homemade Tzatziki Sauce {Beard and Bonnet} #gfree #glutenfree

Homemade Tzatziki Dip (Gluten Free)
Serves: 1½ cups
  • 1 cup of good quality plain Greek-style yogurt
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely minced
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, minced
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.


  1. I love Mediterranean food! Tzatziki is amazing. I’m kind of hit or miss with dill, though. Sometimes I like it and other times I don’t, so I’m stoked that you developed a recipe without it! Certain tzatzikis can be herb overkill.

    • Meg

      Jenni, I am with you! It seems like some of them are more about the dill than the cucumber, lemon, and Greek yogurt, which in my opinion are the real stars in the dip.

  2. YAY! As a Greek girl, I am particularly picky about my tzatziki and I absolutely LOVED this. I never noticed that there wasn’t dill in it, so great job!! Oh gosh and those falafel, mmmmm. I am obsessed!! We had a wonderful time this weekend, thanks again for having us, we cannot wait to do it again!!

    • Meg

      I was wondering if you noticed at all, and when you told me that you were Greek I was sure that you would call me out on the fake out.:) I am so glad that you loved it and we can’t wait to get together again either!

  3. Hi Meg!
    I totally love your blog.. I’ve like it from the very first time I looked at it! An inspiration!
    Being from Mauritius I am not very familiar with dill but recently started using it as am coming across few recipes with Dill. I liked the fact that you change it for Coriander. Am definitely going to try it during the week

    • Meg

      Thanks so much Mira! I wish I liked dill,I just don’t:(, but this tzatziki with coriander is AMAZING! I hope you like it as much as I do.

  4. Clancy Ogden

    omg…you and Beth of Tasty Yummies are buds…that totally just made my day! ๐Ÿ™‚ y’all both have lots of great stuff!! Thanks for all the delicious recipes!!

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Meg van der Kruik is the writer, mother, photographer, designer, cook and creative spirit behind This Mess is Ours. After her infant son was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, she dedicated herself to learning to make meals the whole family would love. It’s a bit of a mess – cooking for a vegetarian and three meat-eaters with a range of gluten + dairy sensitivities, but she manages to bring them together every night around their little family table.