Simple recipes for tzatziki or an excellent Greek sauce with dill for your dishes

Simple, quick and delicious! That’s exactly what these tzatziki recipes are!

In this article, you will not only learn how to prepare this original Greek yogurt and dill sauce, but you will also learn what it goes well with!

Enjoy it on its own with pita bread or in combination with a juicy Greek-style lamb hamburger, which you can prepare immediately thanks to our recipe.

How do you enjoy this creamy dip?

Real Greek tzatziki

Otherwise known as yogurt-cucumber sauce, which cannot be missing in any Greek restaurant. This sauce is made very simply from yogurt, drained cucumber, olive oil, fresh herbs, garlic, lemon juice and salt. It is a refreshing dip or spread that can be eaten alone with pita bread or as a side dish to various Greek dishes. For more inspiration on where to use this creamy cucumber sauce, look below in this article!

What will we need

  1. 500 g grated cucumber (roughly)
  2. 375 g Greek yogurt
  3. 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  4. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  5. 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  6. 1 medium garlic clove (pressed)
  7. ½ teaspoon fine sea salt


  1. Grate the cucumber on a grater
  2. Then squeeze out all the excess water
  3. Transfer the squeezed cucumber to a serving bowl
  4. Add yogurt, olive oil, dill, lemon juice, garlic and salt
  5. Stir to mix the ingredients
  6. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to combine
  7. Taste and add more chopped dill, lemon juice and salt if needed
  8. Serve the tzatziki immediately or refrigerate for later use
  9. Leftover tzatziki will keep in the fridge for about 4 days
Creamy Greek yogurt sauce with cucumber and dill with olives.

Tzatziki with sour cream

Creamy Traditional Greek Sour Cream Sauce uses only simple ingredients and combinations like Greek yogurt, sour cream and fresh lemon juice.

What will we need

  1. Large cucumber (peeled and grated)
  2. 120 ml Greek yogurt
  3. 120 ml of sour cream
  4. 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  5. 3 tablespoons lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  6. 2 cloves of garlic
  7. 30 g dill (fresh, finely chopped)


  1. Peel the cucumber to remove most of the skin
  2. Cut it open and remove the seeds with a spoon
  3. Grate the cucumber using a grater with large holes
  4. We remove excess moisture from the cucumber by squeezing it wrapped in a kitchen towel or squeezing it by hand
  5. In a small bowl, mix yogurt, sour cream, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and dill
  6. Add the cucumber and mix
  7. Tzatziki is served with fresh vegetables or pita bread.
Great Greek dip made from yogurt sour cream, cucumber and dill.

There is never enough good, quality and healthy food! Greek cuisine is famous for its simplicity, so explore and try other Greek recipes that you will surely enjoy!

Mint tzatziki without dill

This original Greek sauce recipe is a great dill-free alternative and is perfect for pitas, shawarmas or as a dip. This creamy sauce is ready in 5 minutes and is made with simple and fresh ingredients. No need for dill! This recipe is vegetarian, keto and gluten free.

What will we need

  1. 375 g of unsweetened Greek yogurt
  2. 250 g of grated cucumber
  3. 2 cloves of garlic (pressed)
  4. 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  5. Lemon juice (from one lemon)
  6. ½ tsp Himalayan sea salt
  7. ½ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  8. 30 g chopped fresh mint


  1. Peel the cucumber and coarsely grate it
  2. Then we squeeze it by hand to get rid of as much excess water as possible
  3. Put the cucumber prepared in this way aside
  4. Add Greek yogurt, garlic cloves, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper to the blender
  5. Mix on low speed until all ingredients are well combined
  6. Add yogurt sauce to the bowl and stir in fresh mint and grated cucumber
  7. Add the chopped mint and mix
Creamy Greek yogurt sauce without dill with mint.

Greek Chicken Souvlaki (Chicken Gyros)

This Greek Chicken Skewers recipe is made with lemon, garlic, spices and is delicious with pita bread and the best tzatziki recipe you can make with our recipes above!

What will we need

  1. 30 ml of olive oil
  2. 4 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  3. 4 cloves of garlic (pressed)
  4. A teaspoon of dried oregano
  5. ½ teaspoon of salt
  6. ½ teaspoon of pepper
  7. 1 kg boneless skinless chicken breast (cut into cubes)

To serve

  • Pita bread
  • Arugula
  • Halved cherry tomatoes
  • Chopped red onion
  • Tzatziki sauce (prepare homemade tzatziki according to our recipes, see the first part of the article)
  • Feta cheese


  1. Mix olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, oregano, salt and pepper in a large resealable bag
  2. Add the chicken to the bag, squeeze out the excess air and seal the bag
  3. Marinate for at least 1 hour, but no longer than 6 hours
  4. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees in grill mode
  5. Remove the chicken from the marinade and skewer it
  6. Bake the skewers, turning frequently, on a baking sheet on the upper rack in a preheated oven
  7. We serve chicken souvlaki with pita bread, selected side dishes and our original tzatziki recipe

Lamb souvlaki

1 kg leg of lamb or shoulder (diced)
80 ml of olive oil
2 cloves of garlic (pressed)
Juice of 1 lemon
2 red onions (chopped coarsely)
A teaspoon of dried Greek oregano
A teaspoon of dried thyme
½ teaspoon of smoked paprika
½ teaspoon cumin
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Prepare the marinade for the lamb souvlaki. Add olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, herbs and spices to a large bowl and season with freshly ground pepper – no salt yet.

Mix all ingredients to combine. Add the meat and chopped onion and mix again to coat the meat.

Cover the bowl with plastic film and put it in the fridge, where we let the meat marinate for at least 4 hours. Then we skewer the meat.

We fire up the grill, the oven in grill mode or the pan and cook the meat for about 10-15 minutes, until it is sufficiently cooked, but still juicy.

Chicken gyros in pita bread with original Greek yogurt cucumber sauce.

Canapés with tzatziki and Greek salsa

This appetizer is the best thing you can serve to your friends! We use only the highest quality ingredients, which are complemented by Greek-style salsa, full of fresh flavor!

What will we need

For salsa

  1. A spoonful of extra virgin olive oil
  2. 1 ½ teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  3. Pinch of salt
  4. A spoonful of chopped parsley leaves
  5. 40 g of chopped cherry tomatoes
  6. 40 g finely grated cucumber
  7. 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  8. 30 g of chopped green olives
  9. 30 g of crumbled Feta cheese

For canapés

  1. ½ large cucumber (unpeeled)
  2. 300 g of full-fat Greek yogurt
  3. Garlic clove (finely chopped)
  4. 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  5. A spoonful of white vinegar
  6. ½ teaspoon of salt
  7. A spoonful of ground fresh dill
  8. Mini Taco shells


  1. Prepare the Greek salsa by whisking a tablespoon of olive oil with lemon juice, salt and parsley in a medium bowl
  2. Add tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and olives and mix well
  3. Gently stir in the Feta cheese and set aside
  4. For tzatziki, grate the cucumber into a bowl
  5. Then squeeze out the excess water and return it to the bowl
  6. Mix it with yogurt, garlic, olive oil, vinegar and salt
  7. Finally, gently stir in the fresh dill
  8. Take the taco shells out of the packaging and evenly distribute the tzatziki sauce into them
  9. And finally, we add a spoonful of Greek salsa to each tray
  10. We serve immediately
The best quick treat for a visit with tzatziki sauce and wheat filled tortillas.

Lamb burger with cucumber dip

This Greek lamb burger (Biftekia) recipe is out of this world! Tasty, juicy and refreshing at the same time! Greek burgers are topped with feta, garlic, dill, mint, cumin and oregano, grilled to juicy perfection, then topped with roasted red pepper hummus (or try our classic cherry hummus recipe ), sun-dried tomatoes, cucumbers, pickled red onions, tomatoes , arugula and tzatziki. It’s a juicy, flavor bomb you don’t want to miss.

What will we need

For a burger

  1. ½ small red onion
  2. 60 g crumbled feta
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 60 g breadcrumbs
  5. A spoonful of lemon juice
  6. A spoonful of balsamic vinegar
  7. 6 cloves of garlic (pressed)
  8. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (or 2 teaspoons dried)
  9. A spoonful of ground fresh dill
  10. A spoonful of chopped fresh mint
  11. 1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  12. 1 ½ teaspoons of salt
  13. A teaspoon of smoked paprika
  14. A teaspoon of ground cumin
  15. 1 kg of minced lamb (or other minced meat – beef, pork, chicken or turkey, see TIP)

For attachment

  1. 6 burger buns
  2. Roasted red pepper hummus
  3. Chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  4. Baby arugula
  5. Tzatziki (be inspired by the recipes above)
  6. Cucumber (sliced)
  7. 4 tomatoes (sliced)
  8. Pickled red onion
  9. Jalapenos
  10. Olives
  11. Avocado
  12. Artichokes


  1. First, we prepare the tzatziki recipe according to our procedure so that they have time to cool
  2. Coarsely grate the onion into a large bowl
  3. Then add all the remaining ingredients for the burger patties, except for the ground lamb and mix well
  4. Finally, add the lamb and mix with your hands to combine the ingredients
  5. Line a large tray with baking paper
  6. Divide the meat mixture into 6 equal patties
  7. Make a shallow depression in the middle of each patty like this
  8. Cover the patties with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes
  9. To prepare the hamburgers in a pan, heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium heat
  10. Gradually add patties to the hot pan and cook for about 4-6 minutes on each side
  11. Remove the meat patties to a plate and cover with cling film and let them rest for 5 minutes
  12. To prepare flatbreads on the grill, heat the grill to 200 – 220 degrees with the lid closed
  13. After heating the grill, clean it and grease it with vegetable oil
  14. Add patties and cover the grill
  15. Cook until brown for about 3-5 minutes
  16. Turn the hamburgers over, cover the grill and cook for another 3-5 minutes
  17. Transfer them to a plate and cover with foil and let rest for 5 minutes
  18. Cut the hamburger buns and spread them with softened butter
  19. Place on the grill or pan and fry for about a minute until golden
  20. To build the burger, we start with a layer of hummus, lots of chopped sundried tomatoes, arugula, meat patties, homemade tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, cucumbers and pickled red onions
  21. Fold and serve

What can we substitute for lamb?
Minced meat mix: Minced beef and pork in a ratio of 80:20 is optimal for perfect taste, juiciness and perfect texture. Ground mix is ​​easily available at any butcher shop. The fresher the meat, the more tender and tastier the biftekia will be.

Ground pork, turkey, chicken : These types of meat are leaner than lamb or beef, so you may want to add an extra tablespoon of olive oil to the ground meat mixture to keep the burgers from being dry.

Juicy lamb burger with Greek ingredients and Greek yogurt sauce.

From one of the oldest civilizations on Earth comes the simplest culinary recipes that use the best that the season has to offer and with the help of delicious combinations of spices, they always achieve amazing dishes!

The Greek culinary tradition dates back hundreds of years and has evolved over time, thanks to the various influences that have influenced and affected it.

Many well-known Greek dishes are actually also part of the traditional dishes brought by the Ottoman Empire. This is proven by dishes such as classic Greek dishes: moussaka, börek and tzatziki . These dishes have Arabic, Persian and Turkish roots.

Greek dishes are simple, colorful and incredibly nutritious. We are talking about lamb dishes, fresh seafood, vegetables, beans, pulses and of course good quality olive oil.

Like other Mediterranean cuisines, Greek cuisine contributes to a healthy, strong heart , thanks to the use of large amounts of olive oil, fish, lean meat, vegetables, herbs and grains.

When the Greeks taste something delicious, they have a beautiful phrase “Yia Sta Heria Stas” , which translates as “I kiss your hands”, celebrating the skill of the cook.

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