A traditional and authentic recipe for a Greek staple, this tzaziki sauce is made with yogurt, cucumber, garlic and olive oil and is the perfect accompaniment for grilled chicken or pork. 

An authentic Greek recipe for tzatziki sauce with cucumber, garlic and yogurt. | livinglou.com

I feel like I’ve been slacking with blog posts lately, but the truth is I’ve been working a ton so I haven’t had nearly as much time as I wish I had to devote to this space. That said, I am so fortunate to have both a full-time job and this blog to keep me busy and inspired. I’m the kind of person who doesn’t do very well when I don’t have a lot going on which is probably one of the reasons I’ve managed to run and grow this blog for 6+ years.

That said, I’m not super-woman which means I do get tired and burnt out from time to time. I think this is something that so many people can relate to, whether we’re bloggers or entrepreneurs, I feel like these days everyone has their own side projects going. I know I’m not alone in my sentiment that running a blog is hard work, especially a food blog. One that I think is pretty high-quality with well-tested recipes. There are so many things to do; endless emails, social media to keep up with, blog posts to write, recipes to test, did I mention social media?

At some point, something has to give. I haven’t posted a new video in a while, even though I love making these videos so much, I even have some videos almost ready to go that I filmed back in February. I’m hoping to have some time to get these finished and up online in the next few weeks.

Pair this with: Greek chicken souvlaki

An authentic Greek recipe for tzatziki sauce with cucumber, garlic and yogurt. | livinglou.com

That said, I always love trying new things and challenging myself so I’m excited to tell you that I’m starting as a monthly contributor to Sweet C’s Designs. I’m excited to share new recipes with Courtney’s readers once a month, and this tzatziki sauce pairs perfectly with the Greek chicken souvlaki I developed for her site.

Because of the countless months that I’ve spent in Greece throughout my life, I can guarantee you that this tzatziki sauce is the kind that you would find in a Greek taverna – ok, so I got a little lighter on the garlic than many of the traditional recipes, but you can thank me for that later. It’s crazy what a simple sauce this is, made with yogurt, grated cucumber, garlic, olive oil, a touch of white wine vinegar and salt. That’s it. It’s genius and I can’t believe I’ve been holding out on you for this long.

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Greek tzatziki sauce

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

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  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 English cucumber, grated and liquid squeezed out
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. In a small bowl, whisk yogurt with cucumber, garlic, olive oil, vinegar and salt.


It's important to squeeze out as much liquid as possible from the cucumber to avoid a runny tzatziki.


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