Simple Tzatziki Sauce Recipe with Feta

We love this thick and creamy tzatziki yogurt sauce (or dip) with fresh cucumber, lemon, dill and feta cheese. Jump to the Simple Tzatziki Sauce Recipe with Feta or read on to see our tips for making it.

Simple Tzatziki Sauce Recipe with Feta

It’s brightly flavored and is perfect to serve with veggies, pita chips, grilled meats and even on sandwiches.

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How to Make the Best Tzatziki

Tzatziki is very simple to make. To make the best, remember this: too much moisture is tzatziki’s enemy. It makes things watery and stops all the flavors like lemon, garlic and dill from mingling.

How to Make the Best Tzatziki

We reduce the amount of moisture two ways: with the yogurt and by salting the cucumbers.

There are two options for the yogurt. The easiest is to use Greek yogurt. We like using the Fage brand (it seems to be a bit thicker than others). If you’re lucky and live near gourmet or specialty markets, you may also find Greek yogurt there.

The second option is to strain plain yogurt (not Greek yogurt). This removes extra moisture. To do this, place the yogurt in a fine mesh strainer that has been lined with cheesecloth or paper towels and rest it over a bowl. Place into the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours so the yogurt can drain. Then, discard the liquid.

We use a whole cucumber for this and prefer to use English or hothouse cucumbers. (They’re the ones sold in plastic wrap and have a thinner skin). Baby cucumbers work well, too.

Grate the cucumbers

It’s important to remove the seeds from the cucumber – that just removes unnecessary moisture. Then, grate it. Scatter the grated cucumber over a clean dishcloth and season with salt. The salt does two things. First, it seasons and makes the cucumber taste more like cucumber. Second, it helps draw moisture out. Finally, wrap the dishcloth up and squeeze all the liquid out – you’ll be shocked at how much actually comes out.

Squeeze out the extra moisture

If you’re in a pinch, you can serve this straight away, but, if you have the time let it sit covered in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 hours. The flavors will become much more developed.

Add feta cheese

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Recipe updated, originally posted January 2013. Since posting this in 2013, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Simple Tzatziki Sauce Recipe with Feta

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We love this thick and creamy yogurt sauce with fresh cucumber, lemon, dill and feta cheese. It’s brightly flavored and is perfect to serve with veggies, pita chips, grilled meats and even on sandwiches. There are two options for the yogurt. The easiest is to use Greek yogurt. However, you can also use strain plain yogurt. This removes extra moisture. To do this, place the yogurt in a fine mesh strainer that has been lined with cheesecloth or paper towels and rest it over a bowl. Place into the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours so the yogurt can drain. Then, discard the liquid.

Makes approximately 6 servings

You Will Need

1 hothouse cucumber (also called English cucumbers)

2 (7-ounce) containers Greek yogurt (We use Fage)

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 garlic clove, finely minced (about 1 1/2 teaspoons)

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar (can substitute white wine vinegar)

2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

1 teaspoon salt plus more to taste

Directions

    Cut cucumber in half, lengthwise. Use a spoon to scrape out the seeds then discard them. Grate the cucumber. Scatter grated cucumber over a clean dishcloth (or paper towels). Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Let sit at least 10 minutes. Then gather up the corners of the dishcloth and squeeze as much liquid from grated cucumber as possible. Discard the liquid.Tzatziki Recipe Step-1

    In a medium bowl, combine squeezed cucumber with yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, dill, apple cider vinegar, and the feta cheese. Season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt then taste and adjust as necessary with more salt.

    Serve now or if you can spare the time, cover dip with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 to 4 hours to develop flavor.

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AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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12 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Hiltrud Jones October 26, 2016, 11:46 pm

    Thanks for the great tzatziki recipe. Really loved the twist with the feta cheese and the dill. Very delicious!

    I usually make mine with fresh mint instead of dill and also add a bit of red pepper (fresh or dried) and about 1/4 cup of very finely chopped onions.

    Readers should keep in mind that even though the water is squeezed from the cucumber, yogurt tends to get thinner/more liquid by stirring. To have a thick, creamy tzatziki, keep the stirring to a minimum and add all ingredients at once, using a spatula to gently fold them into the yogurt.

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  • REENA April 28, 2014, 7:10 am

    When did u mix the fetta ?

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    • Joanne May 16, 2014, 12:17 pm

      We add the feta cheese when we add the dill. Check above in the recipe for full directions.

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  • Heather April 16, 2014, 2:13 am

    Found this recipe because I love Tzatziki and I eat the whole darn tub in one sitting every time I buy it, so I decided to try my hand. Adding feta is inspired! Slathered it on toasted garlic Naan bread, one of my favorite alternatives to pita. YUM! Love your blog too. It’s a perfect mix of diverse, exciting tastes and ease (because, seriously, who has time?) — and so pretty. Just wanted to give a thumbs up!

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    • Joanne April 16, 2014, 12:23 pm

      Aww, thanks Heather! We’re so glad you loved the tzatziki 🙂

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  • Besa March 26, 2014, 3:06 pm

    Good recipe. Small change: ***allow to sit in fridge 2-3 days before serving*** —makes the biggest difference. Serving it even 4 hours after preparation is not sufficient time.

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  • Reitberger January 23, 2014, 11:13 am

    Hello I love to cook and prepared food for the family and make my own yoghurt and using this recipe, is wonderful and I am going to whip this dip tomorrow and impress everyone.

    Reitberger

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  • Hollis April 18, 2013, 10:49 am

    WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching for
    tzatziki

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    • Joanne April 18, 2013, 3:18 pm

      Perfect!

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  • Zee February 4, 2013, 5:10 am

    I tried making tzatzikonce but it didn’t turn out good.. Looking at your recipe I guess it’s time for a second attempt 🙂

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    • Joanne February 4, 2013, 9:43 am

      It just might be 🙂

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  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet January 30, 2013, 12:28 pm

    My favorite dip ever! Agree on squeezing the heck out of cucumbers for it. They do have a lot of moisture!

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