Tzatziki Sauce For Two

Tangy and refreshing, this easy Tzatziki Sauce For Two tastes delicious paired with raw or roasted vegetables, baked pita chips, or falafel.

A small glass bowl of tzatziki sauce with veggies and pita bread.

Small Batch Tzatziki Recipe

Are you a fan of tzatziki sauce? The refreshing combo of yogurt + cucumber + dill is one of my husband’s favorites. Unfortunately, the pre-made stuff comes in containers that are too large for even a die-hard fan like Tim to finish before it spoils.

If your household also includes a tzatziki addict, I’ve got some good news! Whipping up a small batch at home is incredibly easy and takes just a few minutes to throw together.

While tzatziki makes a great dip for veggies and pita chips, we’ve been loving it generously dolloped on these Hummus Spaghetti Squash Bowls.

Stuffed spaghetti squash bowls on a sheet pan.

What Do You Need to Make Tzatziki Dip?

Our simple (#notauthentic) tzatziki recipe is made with cucumber, Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, fresh herbs (dill + mint), and a little salt and pepper.

Unless you’ve got an herb garden, you probably don’t regularly keep fresh dill and mint on hand. No worries, we’ve tried the recipe with dried herbs and included our measurement suggestions.

A bowl of yogurt, mint, dill, lemon, and cucumber on a wooden cutting board.

Like our easy Peanut Lime Sauce For Two, feel free to consider this recipe a starting point for your personal saucy creation.

  • Craving more tang? Add extra lemon juice, lemon zest, or a splash of white vinegar.
  • Want extra bite? Increase the garlic.
  • Looking for something richer? Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil over the dip before serving.
  • Not a fan of mint? Leave it out!

Listen to your taste buds and highlight the flavors that you enjoy the most.

~ Keep scrolling for step by step photos & tips after the recipe ~

A small glass bowl of tzatziki sauce with veggies and pita bread.

Tzatziki Sauce For Two

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

An easy small-batch version of your favorite creamy cucumber yogurt sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 English Cucumber (about 2.5 to 3 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt (we use 2%)
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 2 teaspoons Fresh Dill Weed, finely chopped (substitute 1/2 teaspoon dried dill)
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Mint Leaves, finely chopped (substitute 1/4 teaspoon dried mint)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Minced Garlic (about half a clove)
  • Fine sea salt
  • Ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Grate the cucumber using a box grater. Gather shredded cucumber in a clean kitchen towel and twist to squeeze out excess water.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt, lemon juice, dill, mint. Add the cucumber and stir well. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired. (We usually add a few pinches of each)
  3. Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least one hour to allow the flavors to combine before devouring.

Notes

Store leftover dip refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: Half of Recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 53Total Fat: 1.2gSaturated Fat: 0.9gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 53mgCarbohydrates: 4.6gFiber: 0.4gSugar: 3gProtein: 6.3g

How to Make Tzatziki Sauce For Two

Small batch tzatziki sauce in a glass bowl.

Step 1: Grate The Cucumber

We like to use an English cucumber (aka Hothouse cucumber) to make tzatziki because their skin is thinner and they have fewer seeds than traditional cucumbers.

If you’re working with a regular cucumber, you’ll want to scoop out the seeds before grating.

Shredded cucumber in white kitchen towel next to a grater.

Start by grating the piece of cucumber using the large holes. Then gather the shredded cucumber in a clean kitchen towel and twist it to squeeze out the excess water.

If you’ve got any issues with grip strength, you can use a potato ricer or place the shredded cucumber in a mesh strainer and press on it a few times.

Also, if you don’t have a grater you can finely dice the cucumber. The dip will be chunkier but still tasty.

Step 2: Mix Up Your Sauce

3 photos of tzatziki sauce ingredients combined and stirred together.

  1. Combine the yogurt, lemon juice, dill, and mint in a medium bowl.
  2. Stir in the cucumber and a pinch or two of salt and black pepper. 

I like to go easy on the salt and pepper at first as the flavors will intensify while the dip chills.

Step 3: Chill Out

Now comes the hard part, waiting for it to chill. If you don’t have time to wait, you can serve the dip without chilling it just won’t have the same depth of flavors.

To chill the dip, cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least one hour to allow the flavors to combine.

Step 4: Dig In!

Tzatziki Dip For Two in a small glass bowl.

Depending on how long your dip has chilled you may see some water on top of it. You can just drain it off and give the dip a good stir.

Before serving, give the dip one last taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper or add a little richness with a quick drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Now, grab a handful of your favorite raw or roasted vegetables (like these sweet potato rounds or Brussels sprouts) and get dipping!

3 Comments

  1. Worked extremely well..Thank you..The only adjustment I made was after cutting the cucumbers long ways, I removed a good amount of the seeds that seemed to have a great deal of liquid in them. Yasou =).

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