Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

July 16, 2018Kara Woolery

I always thought of Tzatziki Sauce as something you ate strictly with Mediterranean food, but I was so wrong! While it is amazing with Mediterranean cuisine, it is also delicious as a chip and veggie dip! This healthy recipe can be made with greek yogurt, or I also include a Whole30 and Paleo Recipe version. 

Tzatziki Sauce your friends and family will be begging you for this recipe! You can use it in greek dishes or as a stand alone chip or veggie dip. Paleo and Whole30 options included as well!

Tzatziki Sauce

This delicious sauce is an absolute favorite in my house! We eat real and whole foods in our house and usually stay pretty strict Paleo when cooking at home, but occasionally we make an exception. Like we do for this Tzatziki Sauce! I offer a Paleo Tzatziki Sauce option above the recipe card and in the recipe card notes, but it won’t get as thick and creamy as the greek yogurt option. I do recommend using a grass-fed organic greek yogurt as a healthier option, but it is still dairy!

Your call on what you feel comfortable with, and what your dietary restrictions may or may not be. The Paleo Tzatziki Sauce recipe is delicious as well!

This sauce is the KEY ingredient in my Cauliflower Rice and Chicken Bowl. The Tzatziki Sauce Recipe uses greek yogurt, fresh dill, cucumbers, garlic, juice of a lemon, juice of a lime, pink salt, pepper, and olive oil. I have tried SEVERAL combinations for this recipe, and finally came up with one that tastes heavenly, and friends and family rave about!

Mouth Watering Tzatziki Sauce using dill, cucumbers, greek yogurt, and tons of different seasonings including juices. SOOOOO good and we use it as a chip dip for parties as well!

Guys, just looking at these photos makes me wish I was at home eating some of this amazing sauce with my roasted veggies for lunch!! Seriously just so good! Instead, I am sitting at Starbucks working on my computer and waiting for my daughter’s next event to get closer at her swim meet. Insert shoulder shrug emoji here?!?!

A healthy and delicious Tzatziki Sauce Recipe that is literally mouth watering.

How To Make Tzatziki Sauce?

  1. Dice your English cucumbers into small cubes (very small). Some people like to peel their cucumbers first. We enjoy the skin on, and it saves time in making this Greek sauce.
  2. Squeeze out some of the excess water from the diced cucumbers by hand or use a cheesecloth. This step is only necessary if you do not plan on eating it all the day you make the sauce (the excess water will make the sauce a little runny the next day).
  3. Chop your fresh dill.
  4. Press your garlic cloves. You can sub garlic powder, but you won’t get the same nutritional benefits from the powder as you do the cloves.
  5. Mix your greek yogurt, olive oil, juice of a lemon, juice of a lime, cucumbers, fresh dill, pressed garlic, pink salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Top with a sprig of fresh dill for looks if wanted and serve!!

If you refrigerate the Tzatziki Sauce overnight the flavor becomes more intense by the next day! This Mediterranean sauce stores well for three days in the refrigerator and also freezes well for up to 6 months.

The Paleo version is way better if refrigerated overnight because it thickens up a ton.

A one of a kind Paleo Tzatziki Sauce that is insanely delicious as a dip, dressing, or with greek dishes.

Tzatziki Sauce Health Benefits

I love including health benefits of ingredients used in my recipes so here they are for this Tzatziki Sauce recipe. All ingredients used are organic, and the greek yogurt was organic and from grass-fed cows.

Cucumbers – Cucumber health benefits include reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, healthy weight management, detoxifying the body, enhancing the skin, supporting eye health, alkalizing the blood and treating cancer. Other benefits include combating bad breath, supporting digestion, controlling blood sugar level, maintaining adequate blood pressure, supporting bones, repairing hair, supporting nails and supporting dental health. Read the below source for more information on the health benefits of Cucumbers.

Sourced From Natural Food Series

Dill – Dill weed is a good source of calcium, manganese, and iron, and as an antioxidant food, its flavonoids provide anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties that give it a whole host of incredible health benefits. Read the below source for more informatio on the health benefits of Dill.

Sourced From Dr. Axe

Olive Oil – The health benefits of olive oil are unrivaled, and research reveals more benefits nearly every day. In fact, we are only just beginning to understand the countless ways olive oil can improve our health, and our lives. Olive oil is the cornerstone of the Mediterranean diet — an essential nutritional mainstay for the world’s longest-living cultures. Read the below source for more informatio on the health benefits of Olive Oil.

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Garlic – The garlic bulb is an excellent source of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). It is also a very good source of manganese, selenium and vitamin C. In addition, garlic is a good source of other minerals, including phosphorous, calcium, potassium, iron and copper. Read the below source for more informatio on the health benefits of Garlic.

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Pink Salt – Because of the conditions by which it was formed, this purest of sea salts is one of the best sources of natural minerals on the planet and exponentially healthier than the bleached and processed table salt that most people use daily. Read the below source for more informatio on the health benefits of Pink Salt.

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Coconut Cream (Paleo Version) – In addition to providing nutrients and its awesome taste, coconut milk contains beneficial fat called lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that’s easily absorbed and used by the body for energy. Coconuts’ fatty acids are primarily saturated fats, but don’t think these will raise your cholesterol levels and cause heart damage. Instead, they’re known to actually do the opposite — coconut milk can help you lower cholesterol levels, improve blood pressure, and prevent heart attacks or a stroke. Read the below source for more informatio on the health benefits of Coconut Milk (coconut cream).

Sourced From Dr. Axe

My husband is obsessed with this sauce and has been eating it with all the things … haha! My girls love this Tzatziki Sauce with sweet potato chips, and I love it most as a veggie dip, and of course in my Cauliflower Rice Bowl.

The Whole30 and Paleo Tzatziki Sauce is a much healthier version, and still delicious. But occasionally we just want the greek yogurt version, because it is so thick and creamy.

How To Make Paleo Tzatziki Sauce

For the Whole30 and Paleo version, you will need 1/2 cup coconut cream (not milk) and 1/2 cup Paleo mayonnaise. The whole can of coconut cream must be blended before measuring out the 1/2 cup. Then you will mix the 1/2 cup coconut cream and the 1/2 cup Paleo mayonnaise and use in place of the greek yogurt. If you do not want to make or purchase paleo mayonnaise you can do a full cup of coconut cream (it will be very thin)

Tzatziki Sauce your friends and family will be begging you for this recipe! You can use it in greek dishes or as a stand alone chip or veggie dip. Paleo and Whole30 options included as well!
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Tzatziki Sauce (With A Paleo & Whole30 Option)

I always thought of Tzatziki Sauce as something you ate strictly with Mediterranean food, but I was so wrong! While it is amazing with Mediterranean cuisine, it is also delicious as a chip and veggie dip! This healthy recipe can be made with greek yogurt, or I also include a Whole30 and Paleo Recipe version. 

Course Appetizer, sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine Paleo, Whole30
Keyword Tzatziki Sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 People
Calories 59 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Greek Yogurt See Notes For Paleo & Whole30 Version
  • 1/2 Cup English Cucumber Finely Diced and Squeezed
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Dill Packed Down
  • 1 Clove Garlic Pressed
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice Squeezed From a Medium Lemon
  • 1 Tbsp Lime Juice Squeezed From a Small Lime
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Pink Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Pepper

Instructions

  1. Wash and finely dice your English cucumber (English so you don't have to mess with the seeds). Squeeze out your excess water from your diced cucumber if you plan to serve this Tzatziki Sauce the next day (this will keep it from getting too thin overnight). 

  2. Chop your fresh dill, and press your garlic cloves. 

  3. Measure out your Greek Yogurt into a serving bowl (see notes for Paleo & Whole30 version). 

  4. Mix your greek yogurt (or paleo sub), olive oil, juice of a lemon, juice of a lime, cucumbers, fresh dill, pressed garlic, pink salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Taste and add a dash more pink salt or pepper if desired. 

  5. Serve your Tzatziki Sauce immediately or refrigerate overnight for an even more intense flavor. 

Recipe Notes

Whole30 and Paleo Tzatziki Sauce - Sub greek yogurt for 1/2 cup coconut cream (not milk) and 1/2 cup paleo mayonnaise. The entire coconut cream must be blended before measuring out the 1/2 cup. If you do not want to make or buy paleo mayonnaise you can do a full cup of coconut cream (it will be really thin). 

Nutrition facts are an estimate and will be different for everyone depending on ingredients used and how you measure out your ingredients. 

Nutrition Facts
Tzatziki Sauce (With A Paleo & Whole30 Option)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 59 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 401mg 17%
Potassium 79mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 0.2%
Vitamin C 3.7%
Calcium 3.7%
Iron 0.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Literally the best ever Tzatziki Sauce Recipe that also has Paleo and Whole30 options. You can use this as a greek topping or just a delicious dip with chips like we do for parties! SOOOO Good!

2 Comments

  • sofia

    July 22, 2018 at 8:46 am

    I really love your idea and photography 🙂 keep your good work as usual.

    1. Kara Woolery

      August 3, 2018 at 9:43 am

      Thank you so much Sofia!!

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