Cucumber Yogurt Sauce (Cacik or Tzatziki)

Cacik has a million different uses. A gorgeous Cucumber Yogurt sauce, flavored with dill or mint, it can be used for a dip for pita, kebabs, fresh vegetables. It can be used as a fresh salad dressing or eaten as a salad.


This sauce goes by different names in various areas, Cacik and Tzatziki are just two. Flavor yours with mint or dill, drizzle with a little olive oil, or not. On this site, I’ve served it with my Yogurt Marinated Shish Kebabs and with Falafel.


  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 cucumber, peeled and grated or finely chopped
  • 4 ounces Greek yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh mint or dill
  • salt
  • olive oil (optional)

In a mixing bowl, combine cucumbers and garlic. (Don’t add any cucumber juices to the bowl.)  Add salt to taste.

Mix in yogurt – best when refrigerated for an hour.

Transfer to serving bowl. Garnish with mint and drizzle olive oil on top. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate.

If you don’t have Greek yogurt, strain your plain yogurt in a cloth or paper towel lined strainer eight hours or overnight.

from the kitchen of

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serving size 1 1/2 tablespoons.  Cal:  25.07 cal fr fat 4.72; tot fat .54g; sat fat .31g; chol 1.82g; sod 22.34g; tot carb 3.24g; fib .29g; sug 2.7g; prot 1.88g

Put your Own Spin on It:

  • Add dill, parsley, lemon or a dash or red wine vinegar.

Cacik, Cucumber Yogurt sauce, made May 2012

3 thoughts on “Cucumber Yogurt Sauce (Cacik or Tzatziki)”

    1. Bethanie, I’m glad you asked – it can easily be made thinner by not straining the yogurt as much, but I go to a place called Pappy’s restaurant here in the twin cities where they make the most amazing gyros – they are HUGE! They always use a thick cucumber yogurt sauce and I realized how much better it stays in my sandwich than the thinner ones. Doesn’t run down my arms when I try to eat it!

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