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Homemade Tzatziki Dip – Vegetarian Recipe

Greek Tzatziki DipDuring one of our visits to our youngest son, we snacked on a very tasty dip he prepared, in addition to a nice spread of various hors d’oeuvres.  It was a great feeling to see that he is becoming a great host and sharing his recipes with his parents.

If you have adult children, you will agree that it makes you feel rewarded, to see them grow up into responsible, self-sufficient individuals.  It confirms that you have done a good job, and now it’s their time to shine and show it off.

Now back to the dip.  It was his homemade Greek Tzatziki Dip, for which he shared his recipe with me to try at home, and to post for all of you, in case you have never tried making it yourself.

It is very refreshing any time of the year, but even more so during hot summer days.  It may be served as a dip with veggies, chunks of Pita Bread, Gyros, or Souvlaki, or as a salad dressing.

Greek Tzatziki Dip- Sauce - main ingredients

Homemade Tzatziki Dip – Vegetarian Recipe

Homemade Tzatziki Dip – Vegetarian Recipe


  • 1 cup of cucumber, chopped of shredded (one large cucumber-seeds removed, or 2-3 small ones ,with seeds,  as these have very small and tender seeds
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (garlic chopper is perfect for this job)
  • 2 cups  Greek Yogurt, plain (or sour cream if you don't like yogurt)
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black, or white pepper, ground
  • 1 Tbs dill weed, chopped


  1. Peel the cucumbers, rinse under running water, pat dry.
  2. Finely chop, or shred on a large eye hand grater, or food processor.
  3. Salt cucumber and place in a strainer over a bowl, to drain any extra juices.
  4. Mince the garlic.
  5. Chop the dill.
  6. Place cucumbers in a mixing bowl.
  7. Add garlic, dill, pepper, salt,olive oil, lemon juice, and Greek Yogurt.
  8. Mix well with a spoon, to fold in nicely.
  9. Cover and chill for about an  hour.


If you are not very fond of Dill, you may use chopped, fresh or dried mint leaves.

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