How to make Tzatziki - Recipe

This is a light dip mostly served as meze (part of several Greek courses) using crusty bread or pitta bread to dip in but it can be enjoyed alone, as a snack too.

It can also accompany roasts such as lamb and chicken or barbecued food if you fancy it.

Vegetables such as long strips of courgette, carrots, cucumber or slices of fried aubergines work well dipped into the tzatziki.

In Greece, tzatziki is made with dill or no herbs at all and in Cyprus, it is usual to add fresh or dried mint.

There’s also a video how-to below if you’d like to follow it.

Tzatziki Recipe (Greek Yoghurt & Cucumber Dip)



1x 225g tub of Greek yoghurt or natural yoghurt.
1/2 cucumber or approx 100g, peeled and finely chopped or coarsely grated.
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed.
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar or lemon juice
A small handful of fresh mint, finely chopped or a pinch of dried mint
sea salt

To garnish:
A few sprigs of fresh mint and black olives.


Put yoghurt in a medium bowl.
Add the cucumber, garlic, olive oil, vinegar or lemon juice and sea salt and fold all the ingredients gently together.
Garnish with sprigs of fresh mint and a few black olives.
Serve chilled in individual bowls as a starter with crusty bread/ pitta bread or as part of a Meze.

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66 Responses

  1. Sarah - Craft Invaders

    I love Tzatziki, I never knew that the Greeks use Dill in theirs, or thought to use dry as well as fresh mint, so will enjoy trying out the variations – your Dad is adorable, look forward to seeing him on the TV!

  2. Ky

    I love tzatziki, I’ve never made it myself but I will definitely try now. It seems fairly easy.x

  3. Amy (Feeding Finn)

    Loved your video with your Dad! I love Tzatziki and so do the boys. I like to use mint too but have only ever added fresh mint. Next time I will try the mix of fresh and dry ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Vicki x

  4. Ebabee

    LOVE seeing you and Papa G together! Fabulous. You two are great together – the beginning was so funny and so cute! Cannot wait for more. Fabulous idea to get your entertaining and talented daddy on your videos. xxx

    • Honest Mum

      Oh no lovely, I am doing #veganuary and loving it so not eating any dairy at the moment. I am thinking of going vegetarian at the end of Jan ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. leandra

    Wow! Your version looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try it, pinned as I’m sure I’ll be making this more than once ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for hosting xx

  6. Michelle Reeves (The Joy Chaser)

    Loved this so much honey! I’ve been anticipating it since you mentioned it before Christmas and how brilliant is your Dad at chopping! I know I shouldn’t be surprised of course haha. You two are so great on camera together – more please! Xx

    • Honest Mum

      Haha thank you darling, Dad is TV gold-you’ll be seeing us on the box in Feb and we shot a few of these with more planned. So glad you like the video xx

  7. Emma

    Your dad is a star and a whizz with a knife! Don’t think I would have the patience to cook with my parents but that looked a lot of fun. LOVE tzatziki ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Honest Mum

      Haha I can totally relate, I had to speed him up in parts but very fun, Dad is a real character. So glad you enjoyed this ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  8. Eb Gargano

    Yum! I love tzatziki so much!! But then I pretty much love all Greek food – definitely one of my favourite cuisines! Such fab flavours!! I make my own (so much better than shop bought and really easy!) and my recipe is pretty similar to yours – I definitely prefer mint to dill in it (though I wouldn’t say no to the dill version!) Thanks for sharing!! Eb x

  9. Phoebe @ Lou Messugo

    I love tzatziki and make it loads in the summer! Happy to link up again after aaaaaages as I’ve not written a recipe post for a very long time. Happy New Year, I hope it’s a great one for you!

  10. Sophie

    this recipe sounds delicious, I think I will try it one day using dairy free or lactose free yoghurt for my lactose-intolerant husband. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Fiona @ Free Range Chick

        The lamb mince was in the fridge, not on it! (Silly me). I made all of the above as well as your papa’s hummus. All was scrumptious, and my younger son (an already amazing eater) couldn’t have looked happier chomping on his food. We’re all a little garlicky, but seriously fab recipes! Xx

      • honestmum

        Oh my gosh, really, that’s amazing Fiona. There are tonnes of recipes on here you will all love, each Tuesday I host a recipe linky #tastytuesdays which you are welcome to join if you blog any food posts or restaurant reviews or simply want to come and get some foodie inspiration for the week from my posts and those who link up xx

      • Fiona @ Free Range Chick

        Thanks honey – I keep meaning to link up with Brilliant Blogs and Tasty Tuesdays. I really want to link up with my mum’s cooking, but we never get a chance and she absolutely refuses to feature in photos!! Also meaning to get pinning on Pinterest. Someone fetch me my Tardis! X

      • honestmum

        Thanks Fiona, could you share her recipes without using her picture and just mention they are her recipes, no pressure re linkies or Pinterest but would love to have you of course x

  11. Mel

    Hi Vicki, amazing! Just made it, and it is a lovely lunch. Took less than 10 min to put together, toast the pitta bread and start eating… Yummy. Pic on my Instagram. x Mel

  12. Mel

    I have never made Tzatziki, but I certainly will in the next couple of days. Whoever took that photo is incredibly talented… I don’t honestly think you could make that dip look more appetising! Pinning right this minute (and already added to my ZipList recipe box)! Mel

  13. Kate

    Ooh I’ve never tried to make my own before. Will have to give this a go thanks. Is it similar to the Indian cucumber dip? I love that. Yum – ok salivating now. xx

    • honestmum

      @Kate it’s thicker in consistency than the Indian version but both delicious. Let me know if you get chance to make it x

  14. icklebabe

    That looks SOOO good! my tummy is rumbling now in anticipation, making falafel burgers at weekend so will defo give it a try to go with them :)) xx


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