Last time we were in Crete, my wife made me promise to stop ordering so much Tzatziki.  It seriously became a problem, but that’s how much I love it (she loves it too!).  The creamy Greek yogurt (the highest fat possible), grated cucumbers, chopped fresh dill, garlic and olive oil create an irresistible and very healthy sauce that is great on fritters, bread, vegetables, burgers, and souvlaki just to name a few.  Every chef has their own version of tzatziki, some are mild and some are potent with garlic and dill.  This is the loaded version, loaded with flavor that is!

A few important tips when making tzatziki:

  1. Use high-fat Greek yogurt.  The fat adds to the flavor and creaminess of the tzatziki.  And don’t worry, the fat is good for you!
  2. When you add the grated cucumber to the colander, add a generous amount of salt.  The salt pulls the liquid out of the cucumber.  Wait 15 minutes and then squeeze any extra liquid out of the cucumber with your hands.
  3. Make sure you mince or press the garlic.  You want a strong flavor of garlic in our tzatziki, but you don’t want it to overpower you with big chunks.
  4. Let the tzatziki sit for the best flavor.  You can eat the tzatziki right away, but to have a full flavor immersion, refrigerate for at least an hour and then serve.

Loaded Tzatziki

In Greece, Tzatziki is often served with bread and olives at the lunch or dinner table.  I make it for brunches and dinner parties.  It can make a healthy substitute for a store bought dip for chips or a raw vegetable platter.  Serve it with our Italian Spicy Rosemary Olives and Tortilla Espanola (Spanish Potato Omelet) and you will have the conversation piece of making tapas from 3 different countries.  Serve with a salad and your brunch is complete!

Loaded Tzatziki

Loaded Tzatziki Yogurt Sauce with Fresh Dill, Garlic and Cucumber

5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 100 kcal


  • 1 cucumber, peeled
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup fresh dill, stems removed
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, pressed through a garlic press or finely minced


  • Grate cucumber into a colander resting over a bowl. Sprinkle salt on grated cucumber. Let this sit for about 15 minutes as you prepare rest of tzatziki (water will come out of the cucumber).
  • Chop dill and then add it to a bowl with the Greek yogurt, olive oil and pressed garlic. Mix well.
  • Squeeze juice out of the cucumber and then add to tzatziki. Salt, to taste. You can serve immediately, but flavors meld over time. I like to refrigerate mine for at least an hour.


Calories: 100kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 6gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 168mgPotassium: 174mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 483IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 77mgIron: 1mg
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About the Author: Bill Bradley, R.D.
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  1. Shirley February 20, 2023 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    Absolutely delicious and refreshing!

    Thank you so very much

  2. Cathy August 5, 2022 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Can you use English cucumbers smaller seeds less water?

    • Winter LeBlanc September 30, 2022 at 2:17 pm - Reply

      Yes, absolutely!

  3. Connie Basinger January 23, 2022 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Can you use dried dill if fresh is not available?

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. January 23, 2022 at 6:33 pm - Reply

      Yes! Dried dill goes really well in tzatziki!

  4. Christina Hatcher December 22, 2018 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    This is one of the BEST recipes I have tried ,I just love it !!!

    • George Zikos December 26, 2018 at 4:09 pm - Reply

      Glad you love it so much! Have you tried other recipes on our site?

      • Lisa April 18, 2023 at 7:16 am

        5 stars
        Fantastic! Use it on everything. Even as my dressing with a squeeze of lemon juice over chopped veggies, raw or cooked!

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