There is one thing that I love eating during the summer and that is tzatziki. I love the freshness of this easy dip and combined with salad and some chicken in a flatbread or pita is delicious. I was taught to make it by a friend when I lived in Greece and this year as the kids and I spend the summer eating easy and quick meals in the garden it was time that I introduced them to this easy Greek Tzatziki Dip and we’ve been having it regularly. The bonus – for the first time I’ve also grown most of the ingredients myself.

Easy homemade Greek Tzatziki dip recipe to make. Perfect for summer salads and in pita bread.

Tzatziki Recipe

Although the recipe that I was taught in Greece included dill – I’m not a fan of this herb and when visiting various restaurants¬†discovered that this wasn’t always included so this recipe doesn’t include it, however, feel free to add it in. Click on the link below to go straight to the recipe card to print it out with the full instructions.

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Tzatziki Ingredients

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500g Greek Yoghurt– I use the one without anything taken out full fat and no added ingredients

1/2 Cucumber

1/4 teaspoon of salt

3 cloves of garlic

Pepper to Taste

homegrown cucumbers to make delicious greek tzatziki

How to Make Tzatziki

seasoning cucumbers for use in a tzatziki dip recipe

One of the key parts of the making of homemade tzatziki is making sure that you season the cucumber properly before you start. It’s a little bit of a pain having to start to prepare an hour before but worth it.

Tzatziki ingredients to make a delicious Greek Dip

Our top tip when sorting out the cucumber is to peel, then cut off the end and cut into smaller parts. Using a rotary grater means that you will grate all the parts without having little bits of cucumber left over. It also means that kids can help with the recipe as well.

tzatziki recipe mincing the garlic to make the dip

Easy homemade Greek Tzatziki dip recipe to make. Perfect for summer salads and in pita bread.

Homemade Tzatziki Dip Recipe

Easy homemade Greek Tzatziki dip recipe to make. Perfect for summer salads and in pita bread.
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Course: Dip
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: Dip Recipe, Greek Dip, Tzatziki
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Author: Cerys Parker


  • 500 g Greek Yogurt FULL FAT
  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • Pepper To Taste


  • Peel and grate the cucumber into a bowl.
  • Sprinkle with the salt and mix together.
  • Leave to the side for 1 hour.
  • Mince the garlic in a garlic crusher.
  • In a bowl mix together the Yoghurt and the Garlic.
  • Drain the Cucumber in a sieve to remove most of the liquid.
  • Add the drained cucumber to the yogurt and mix.
  • Season with pepper to taste.
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If you wish you can add 1/2 teaspoon of freshly chopped dill to the mix.

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One of the best pieces of equipment we have in the kitchen is a rotary grater, I had one growing up and it saved a lot of fingers as I was able to grate everything. When we got married it was top of our wedding list and at the time was very difficult to find. Now though they are much more common, and if you have children that like to help in the kitchen it’s a gadget that I would recommend.

Another gadget that we couldn’t live without in the kitchen is our garlic crusher. In fact, we’ve just had to replace our old one and bought 2 one for the camping gear as well! This garlic crusher is great as you don’t even have to peel the garlic. When you pick a garlic crusher don’t go for one that is coloured or with a coating from experience these come off very quickly especially if you use them regularly like us.

Most days we serve the tzatziki just in a random bowl but I do have some dishes that I bought back from Greece that I like to use. This Olive Dish is very similar to the one that I use and makes meals with friends that little bit more special.

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Easy homemade Greek Tzatziki dip recipe to make. Perfect for summer salads and in pita bread.

Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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