20 mins (prep 20)
11 ingredients
4-5 servings
Typically people think of this as a Greek food, but I learned to make it from a friend when I was an exchange student in Germany. My friend, Hossein, was from Tehran, Iran (Persia) and he liked to have tzatziki with every meal (it is a condiment served on the side). As far as I can tell, most of the countries on the eastern side of the Mediterranean Sea, and other middle eastern countries like to eat something similar to this with many of their meals. Tzatziki is a yogurt salad typically made with cucumbers, onions and garlic. At least, these are what I consider to be the essential ingredients. I have had some in restaurants that omitted the cucumbers. Eh. Not so good, in my opinion. One of the dinners I usually serve with tzatziki in my home, is grilled salmon with rice, tzatziki and diced tomatoes on the side. I don't really follow a recipe for this, but here is my approximate amount of ingredients. For yogurt, you can use full, low or non-fat but I don't like the texture of non-fat. I prefer Greek style, it's smooth, thick and creamy not like gelatin.

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  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded, and finely diced (1/2 of a medium cucumber)
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 dash lemon juice (optional)
  • salt (you really need salt on plain helps it taste a lot better)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill, crumbled between your thumb and forefinger to sprinkle over the yogurt (crumbling it helps release a bit more of the flavor)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh mint, finely chopped (or 4 pinches of dried mint, crumbled between thumb and forefinger, sprinkled over the yogurt)


Serving Size (91.83 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 23.48 Calories from Fat 0.99
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.11g 0.68%
Saturated Fat 0.04g 0.76%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 2.99mg 0.5%
Total Carbohydrate 5.51g 7.35%
Dietary Fiber 0.91 g 14.62%
Sugars 2.26 g %
Protein 0.85g 6.77%
Vitamin A 112.79IU% Vitamin C 4.48mg%
Calcium 21.43mg% Iron 0.4mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
plain yogurt, dried dill