Homemade Tzatziki Dip

There is no better sauce for smothering falafel or kofta than homemade tzatziki! This classic Greek condiment is made with creamy Greek  yogurt mixed with shredded cucumber, fresh lemon, garlic, and herbs is a match made in heaven. While I primarily serve tzatziki with Mediterranean fare I also love dipping crudite in it too for a light lunch or afternoon snack!

***This post was updated 10/13/2020 with new images, a recipe testing update, recipe serving suggestions, and video****

This simple homemade tzatziki dip is so easy to make and literally only takes minutes!

If you can stir you can make tzatziki. Quite honestly, the most important part of this recipe is ensuring that you are using a really good quality, full fat, THICK, Greek yogurt. Since this is the base for the dip you don’t want to skimp here by using sub par quality or reduced fat yogurt. Just go for the good stuff, you will thank me later.

A bowl of creamy, homemade tzatziki

Want to know what to serve with tzatziki dip?

I have lots of recipes that I could share with you, and I will below, but honestly my favorite way to enjoy tzatziki is served alongside a simple platter of salted raw tomatoes and cucumbers. When you spoon the tzatziki over the top it becomes an instant dressing making for a truly delectable salad. 

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a graphic showing images of hummus, flatbreads, kofta, and falafel for a Gluten Free Mediterranean Feast Round Up with over 20 recipes

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When I think of a giant, gluten free Mediterranean feast all laid out before me I get a bit weak in the knees over here! I could literally live on herby gluten free falafel, gluten free tabbouleh, garlicky hummus, and lemon-laced tazatziki every day for the rest of my life and never complain. The flavors are fresh and bold, while the ingredients required to make these dishes are easy to find, even in a pandemic! 

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A bowl of homemade tzatziki dip next to a platter of sweet potato falafel

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Homemade Tzatziki Dip (Gluten Free)

A bowl of Homemade Tzatziki Dip next to sweet potato falafel lettuce cups

Don’t forget to rate the recipe and let m know what you think about this Homemade Tzatziki Dip recipe in the comments below, I just love hearing from you and your reviews/comments really help other people that visit This Mess is Ours! 

  • Author: This Mess Is Ours
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups 1x
  • Category: Side dishes
  • Method: No cook
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 1 cup of good quality plain Greek-style yogurt
  • 1 Persian cucumber, shredded on a box grater
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons mixed herbs, minced, I use parsley, dill, mint, and cilantro just depending on what I have on hand.


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Keywords: yogurt, cucumber, lemon, tzatziki

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  1. Clancy Ogden August 5, 2015 at 8:00 am

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

  2. Mira Garvin April 18, 2014 at 5:22 am

    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

    1. Meg April 18, 2014 at 7:46 am

      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.

  3. Beth @ Tasty Yummies July 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    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!!

    1. Meg July 8, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      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!

  4. Jenni July 8, 2013 at 11:10 am

    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.

    1. Meg July 8, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      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.


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