A cool and creamy sauce or dip made with yogurt, lemon, garlic, grated cucumber and fresh herbs.
This tangy and garlicky sauce (or dip!) is an easy way to perk up dinner. My favorite time of year for cucumber yogurt sauce is summer, preferably eaten outdoors with a glass of chilled rosé in hand.
Yogurt + grated cucumber makes this sauce both creamy and light. Don't be stingy with the salt and garlic, and add plenty of fresh herbs. I usually add two types of herbs, dill and mint, but this yogurt sauce is also delicious with parsley or basil.
We've been spooning this yogurt sauce over grilled chicken, cold salmon, and roasted potatoes. I also love it as a dip for pita chips, potato chips and raw veggies.
My favorite food to serve with this yogurt sauce is Mediterranean grilled chicken.
What is Yogurt Sauce Made Of?
Yogurt sauce, also called Tzatziki, is made from yogurt (Greek or regular), fresh lemon juice, garlic, salt and fresh herbs. I also add grated cucumber for texture and cool cucumber flavor.
What do You Eat Tzatziki Sauce With?
A cool yogurt sauce can be served next to hot food or cold food (like leftover chicken and salmon)
- Grilled or roasted chicken (try sheet-pan Greek chicken breasts)
- Roasted or grilled veggies
- Raw veggies
- Pita chips, potato chips
- Vegetarian Shawarma wrapped in pita bread
- Meatballs (especially turkey meatballs)
- Cold lentil salad
More Easy Summer Meals
- Sheet-Pan Chicken & Potatoes with Citrus and Thyme
- Pesto Salmon with Gemelli Pasta
- Shrimp and Feta Garlic Bread
Cucumber Yogurt Sauce
Cool and creamy cucumber yogurt sauce is perfect with grilled meat or fish, roasted vegetables, pita bread, lentils and anything else you can think of. I usually make cucumber yogurt sauce with dill and mint, but it’s also fantastic with fresh basil or parsley.
- Prep Time: 10
- Total Time: 10
- Yield: 4 to 6 servings 1x
- Category: Sauce
- Method: Stir
- Cuisine: Greek
- Diet: Vegetarian
- 1 cup plain Greek or regular yogurt (I prefer full-fat)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- ¼ cup finely chopped fresh dill
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
- ½ to ¾ cup grated* cucumber (cucumber can be peeled or unpeeled)
*Use a regular box cheese grater to grate the cucumber
- In a medium bowl, mix together yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, fresh herbs and salt. Stir in grated cucumber. Taste and add more salt as needed.
Cucumber yogurt sauce keeps well for several days in the refrigerator - in fact, the flavor is usually even better the day after you make it.
Keywords: cucumber yogurt sauce, dill sauce