Tzatziki Sauce (no dill!) with Lemon and Garlic

This thick and creamy Greek yogurt tzatziki sauce is made from cucumbers, lemon, and garlic creating the most addicting (and healthy!) sauce.

dairy free tzatziki sauce no dill in a bowl on a platter with crackers and vegetables

I originally posted this recipe way back in 2016, but decided to give this easy tzatziki sauce (no dill!) a refresh with some new pictures and push it back to the top of your feed because it is seriously so dang good.

I’m just gonna come right out and say it.

I don’t make everything from scratch. There. I said it. Are you happy??

Sometimes, store bought is best. You know that I don’t always make my own pie crusts. And while sometimes I make puff pastry from scratch, other times it’s just not worth it.

But today is not one of those times. 

EASY TZATZIKI SAUCE – NO DILL!

ingredients for dairy free tzatziki sauce no dill

What is tzatziki?

Tzatziki is a dip or sauce found in Middle Eastern cuisines. Traditionally it is made from strained yogurt mixed with cucumbers, olive oil, lemon, garlic, and herbs like dill or mint.

What is the best kind of yogurt to use for this gyro sauce?

A thick Greek yogurt is the most traditional option – bonus points if you strain it through a cheesecloth! But, I also like making dairy free tzatziki with almond milk or coconut milk based yogurts. Because the yogurt serves as the base of the recipe, it just needs to take on the flavors we add in!

ingredients for dairy free tzatziki sauce no dill in a bowl

How do you make tzatziki sauce?

Making tzatziki is so easy! First, slice the cucumber in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Grate the cucumber into a colander, squeezing the cucumber to remove excess water. Sprinkle salt over top to draw out more water. Let sit for a few minutes.

Press the garlic clove into bowl. Add lemon juice, olive oil, and pepper, stirring to combine. Add Greek yogurt and stir again.

Squeeze cucumber for a second time to remove excess water. Add to Greek yogurt mixture and stir in! Make sure you taste it and add more salt and pepper if desired.

broccoli dipping into tzatziki sauce no dill in a bowl

What is tzatziki sauce served with?

You can serve tzatziki with so many things!! A few of my favorite ways to serve it is on top of salmon kebabs, turkey meatball gyros, chicken shawarma, and Greek fries!

cracker dipping into tzatziki sauce no dill in a bowl

I have been putting this Greek Tzatziki Sauce on everything! If you make this sauce or any of my recipes, don’t forget to post a picture social media and use the hashtag #imhungrybynature!

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dairy free tzatziki sauce no dill in a bowl on a platter with crackers and vegetables

Tzatziki Sauce (no dill!) with Lemon and Garlic

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Dip, Condiment
  • Cuisine: Greek

Description

This thick and creamy Greek yogurt tzatziki sauce is made from cucumbers, lemon, and garlic creating the most addicting (and healthy!) sauce.


Scale

Ingredients

1/2 large cucumber (about 1 cup grated

1 cup plain yogurt – Greek is preferred*

2 cloves garlic

Juice of 1/2 lemon

2 Tablespoons olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste


Instructions

Slice the cucumber in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds.

Grate the cucumber into a colander, squeezing the cucumber to remove excess water. Sprinkle salt over top to draw out more water. Let sit.

Press garlic clove into bowl. Add lemon juice, olive oil, and pepper. Stir to combine.

Add Greek yogurt and stir to combine.

Squeeze cucumber again to remove excess water. Add to Greek yogurt mixture, stirring to combine.

Taste and add salt if needed.


Notes

*For Whole30, use dairy free yogurt – I love using a coconut or almond milk based yogurt!

Keywords: condiment, greek, meal prep, make ahead

I could literally eat that sh*t with a spoon.

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31 thoughts on “Tzatziki Sauce (no dill!) with Lemon and Garlic

  1. Corrine

    Oh I’m so glad I’m not the only adult who doesn’t love dill. I’m hosting a greek cooking club in a couple weeks and will definitely give this a go. Sounds delicious!

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    1. Ellie | Hungry by Nature Post author

      Oh my gosh that sounds so fun!! I would love to hear what else is on the menu… I love Greek food!

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      1. Corrine

        I love greek food, too! I’m doing lemon chicken skewers with this tzazkiki, a friend is making pita, and another is making baclava along with a couple other dishes to be determined. Cannot wait!

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        1. Ellie | Hungry by Nature Post author

          Ummmmm well that sounds amazing! If I lived in Michigan, I would probably end up inviting myself over for the book club!!

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  2. Beverley @ Born to Sweat

    this looks so great! i love tzatiki sauce but i rarely buy it because of all the additives that are in there. andddd i too definitely dont make everything from scratch. ESPECIALLY things like pizza and pasta sauce. i just prefer the easy way sometimes ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Ellie | Hungry by Nature Post author

      Oh I never make pizza or pasta sauce. And I definitely consume pizza more than I should… oh well!

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  3. Laura

    No dill?!?! Dill is the essence of Tzatziki! LOL! I’m glad you found a way to enjoy it! Once I was sitting with a few older, wiser ladies and we were talking about our favorite appetizers. I was horrified when they started saying where they *bought* their favorite bruschetta, salsa, etc. My young (oh so young) and newly married self said, “Why don’t you make things from scratch? I feel guilty when I entertain and I buy the food I serve.” They all laughed and one lady (very lovingly) said to me, “Honey, if you make everything from scratch you’ll drive yourself crazy before age 35!” LOL LOL LOL! So grateful for that conversation!

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    1. Ellie | Hungry by Nature Post author

      I only have to make food for myself and my husband and I feel that way a lot… and I can only imagine that feeling will get stronger as there are little kids running through the house!

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  4. Britney @ Savour and Shine

    “because I’m an adult and I do what I want” omg insert laugh/cry emoji here. LOVE IT! You do you girl ๐Ÿ˜‰ Can’t wait to try out this dip!

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  5. Carly @ FitLiving Eats

    Tzatziki is one of my favorites! And I definitely don’t make everything from scratch either. These days, convenience is key lol.

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    1. Ellie | Hungry by Nature Post author

      Seriously! Life is busy and sometimes is just way too hard to make everything myself… and I definitely eat out more than I’d like to admit, but it’s hard when Chicago has SO MUCH GOOD FOOD!

      Reply
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    1. Ellie Post author

      It’s the cucumber! I scooped out the middle, but didn’t take the skin off. So when you grate it, there will be pieces of the green skin. Hope that helps Danielle!

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  8. Kitchen Klutz

    Beyond frustrated trying to find grocery store sauces or even restaurants that don’t add so much dill that it punches you in the tongue! You had me when you mentioned the sacrifice we share in picking black olives off pizza – ahhh, what we do for those we love… Thanks for the recipe, didn’t know about ‘wringing out’ the cucumber which keeps the sauce nice and thick. I used a heavier and flavorful marinating olive oil which adds a little something extra!

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    1. Ellie Post author

      Exactly! I will be picking off black olives until the day I die ๐Ÿ™‚ And that marinating olive oil sounds great! Are there additional flavors in it?

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      1. Kitchen Klutz

        Nothing additional (yet) just a heavy full-flavored evoo. But.., my penchant for experimental cuisine is making me want to add a bit of horseradish to try with greek-style bbq shrimp on a pita – with all the fresh garden fixins of course.
        So far I’m 50/50 on these sort of adventures, but it keeps things interesting – I’ll let you know how this one works out!

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  9. Ascha

    I have never made tzaziki with dill. I learned to make it with parsley and mint in about a two to one ratio. Give it a try! It’s fantastic. I made it for a Greek friend who always uses dill and she loved it.

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  10. megan.b

    U R A LIFE SAVER HONESTLY, THANK U FOR ALL THE DIPPS I AM ALSO HAPPY IM NOT THE ONLY MOTHER WHO HATES DILL TOO!!!

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  11. Mikki

    The Recipe was Awesome… and tasted Better…Honestly than the Restaurant! Didn’t have Dill, and not having it made me Wonder what did it add??? It was Never missed… thank you โ™ก!!!

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  12. Christine

    How many we smartpoints is the dressing?? This sounds so good Iโ€™m going to try with chicken kebabs tmro. Thanks

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    1. Ellie Post author

      Hi Christine – I do not calculate smart points for my recipes, sorry! I hope you enjoy the sauce though!!

      Reply
  13. Shay

    Normally I donโ€™t post reviews, but I had to make an exception. This tzatziki is better than any tzatziki sauce Iโ€™ve ever tasted. The grated cucumber adds an amazing touch. Better than any store bought or restaurant made tzatziki that Iโ€™ve had. Thank you for this recipe

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    1. Ellie Post author

      Oh thank you SO much Shay! I am thrilled that you like the tzatziki and thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. Mare

    I **DO** eat this with a spoon! Sometimes I even eschew the flatbread/pita. Then I dice up tomatoes & onions, heat up some Trader Joe’s Gyro meat (MOST excellent, IMHO), and slather this sauce on the meat, sprinkling the tomatoes & onions over top. LOVE it! Thank you for this recipe. OH! Almost forgot! I also grate up the lemon zest and add it to the tzatziki – can never have enough lemon!

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