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tzaziki sauce in a white bowl

Tzatziki Sauce

  • Author: David Lewis


  • 1-Tablespoon, Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1-teaspoon, granulated salt
  • ¼-teaspoon, ground white pepper
  • 1-teaspoon, white vinegar
  • 5-cloves of garlic, minced.
  • 1 English cucumber. Partially peeled and sliced.
  • Dill, to garnish


  • Metal Grater
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Cheese Cloth


  1. Prep the cucumber. Grate on the thickest part of your grater. You can also use the coarse-chop setting on a food processor to accomplish this.
    bowl of cucumber
  2. Toss ½ teaspoon of salt onto the grated cucumber. This will draw out the extra moisture in the vegetable through osmosis, and make it easier to squeeze dry.
  3. Place the grated cucumber in a cheese cloth, sturdy napkin, or clean and porous pillowcase. Firmly squeeze out the water into your sink or a deep bowl. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the garlic, remaining salt, white vinegar and olive oil. Then add the grated cucumber, yogurt, and ground white pepper. Stir to combine thoroughly.
    Ingredients for tzatziki sauce
  5. Cover the mixture and refrigerate for a few hours before serving. When you’re ready to serve, garnish with herbs and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. We also like to include a Kalamata olive.
    tzatziki sauce on a white cutting board with cucumber next to it