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Tzatziki with Za'atar Pita Chips | healthy seasonal recipes

Easy Homemade Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

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  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1/4 cups 1x


This homemade tzatziki recipe is made with Greek yogurt, grated cucumber, lemon, garlic and herbs. Its so easy to make for a simple sauce or as a dip for a healthy appetizer!


Units Scale
  • 1 large cucumber, shredded on a box grater
  • 1 1/3 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1 small clove garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped mint, dill or basil or a combination
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Place the shredded cucumber in a strainer and press out excess water, or pat thoroughly with paper towels. You can also squeeze out liquid by wrapping the shredded cucumber in a clean dish cloth and twisting it to wring out the cucumber water. The more liquid you remove the thicker the tzatziki! 
  2. Chop garlic, sprinkle with salt, and then mash and chop with a chef’s knife to make a paste.
  3. Scrape garlic paste into a medium bowl. Add  yogurt, cucumber, mint, oil and lemon and whisk to combine.


To make Tzatziki with regular yogurt:

If using regular yogurt, you’ll need to strain it first: Line a fine mesh strainer with a coffee filter or paper towels and set over a bowl. Spoon in 2 cups plain low fat yogurt and refrigerate until the whey has drained off the yogurt, about 3 hours.

Our Favorite Za’ater Pita Chips

  • 4 pitas, preferably whole-wheat
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons za’atar spice mix
  • ½ teaspoon coarse kosher salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut pitas along their seams and separate into two layers. Lay 4 pitas circled on work surface. Brush lightly with 1 tablespoon oil, dividing evenly. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon za’atar and ¼ teaspoon salt. Cut pitas into 8 triangles each. Transfer to a large baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining 4 pita circles, oil, za’atar and salt. Bake the pitas, rotating pans halfway through, until crisp and starting to brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool before serving with the tzatziki.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: No cook
  • Cuisine: Greek


  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 94
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 4 g
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