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Tzatziki with Za'atar Pita Chips | healthy seasonal recipes

Tzatziki with Za’atar Pita Chips

  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups dip, 64 pita chips 1x


This homemade tzatziki recipe is made with Greek yogurt, grated cucumber and herbs. Its so easy to make and is a healthy appetizer!



For the Dip

  • 2 cups plain low fat yogurt, strained or 1 1/3 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1 small clove garlic, peeled
  • ½ teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1 large cucumber, shredded on a box grater
  • ½ cup chopped mint, dill or basil or a combination
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

For the Chips

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


  1. Make Dip: 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 yogurt and refrigerate until the whey has drained off the yogurt, about 3 hours.
  2. Chop garlic, sprinkle with salt, and then mash and chop with a chef’s knife to make a paste. Scrape garlic paste into a medium bowl. Add the strained yogurt or Greek yogurt. Add cucumber, mint, oil and lemon and whisk to combine.
  3. Make Chips: 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 half way through, until crisp and starting to brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool before serving with the dip.


Cooking Tip:

If you want an ultra thick tzatziki, drain liquid from the shredded cucumber before adding it to the sauce. Place the shredded cucumber in a strainer and lightly press out excess water, or pat with paper towels.

  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Mixed
  • Cuisine: Greek


  • Calories: 614
  • Sugar: 7 g
  • Sodium: 882 mg
  • Fat: 34 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 58 g
  • Fiber: 7 g
  • Protein: 24 g

Keywords: tzatziki recipe, how to make tzatziki

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