Cucumber Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + chilling


about 2-1/2 cups

Updated: Oct. 12, 2022
I'm Greek and my husband's Sicilian, so we use plenty of garlic in our cooking. We typically serve this traditional Tzatziki with lamb and chicken. —Efy Leonardi, Massapequa, New York


  • 4 cups plain yogurt
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced


  1. Line a fine mesh strainer with two layers of cheesecloth. Place yogurt in strainer over a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours or overnight.
  2. Drain and discard liquid in bowl; set yogurt aside. Place cucumber in a colander over a plate; sprinkle with salt. Let stand for 15 minutes; discard liquid.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk oil and vinegar until blended. Stir in the garlic, yogurt and cucumber.

Nutrition Facts

1/4 cup: 113 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 163mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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