Vegan Tzatziki Sauce (Dairy-Free Recipe)

Vegan tzatziki sauce is creamy, tangy, and delicious. This simple vegan cucumber dill sauce dip adds a fresh flavor to your sandwiches, gyros, salads, falafel, vegetables, and more.

A bowl of tzatziki surrounded by veggies.

Why I love this dairy-free tzatziki sauce recipe

What is Tzatziki?

Greek tzatziki, pronounced “tsa-ZEE-kee,” is a tangy cucumber dip made with yogurt, cucumbers, dill, garlic, salt, and lemon juice. There are slightly different versions around the Mediterranean.

Hand dipping a cucumber slice in vegan tzatziki.

How to Use Tzatziki

Tzatziki is often a dip with grilled meat, gyros sauce, or falafel sandwiches. It is also served as a dip for roasted vegetables or flatbread. (Try pairing it with this Turkish pide flatbread recipe.)

Tzatziki, the classic Greek combination of garlic, yogurt, and cucumber, is versatile and often served with grilled meat, gyros, roasted vegetables, pita bread, or flatbread. 

Ingredients

  • Large cucumber – peeled, seeded, and grated.
  • Plain vegan yogurt – 1 1/2 cups (use unsweetened yogurt)
  • Fresh garlic – 3 cloves – minced
  • Fresh dill  – 1/4 cup – finely chopped
  • Fresh lemon1 lemon – juiced
  • Salt and pepper – to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oilOptional – drizzle on top when serving as a dip

Instructions

This recipe is easy, so I swear this is the best vegan tzatziki sauce! While making this sauce, extract as much moisture from the cucumbers as possible. This step will help keep your tzatziki sauce thick.

Step 1: Peal the cucumber, cut it in half, and remove the seeds. Using a box grater or food processor, grate cucumbers. Use your hands to squeeze the excess liquid out of the grated cucumber. You want to squeeze out as much water as possible. Place the grated cucumber in a medium-sized bowl.

Step 2: Add the yogurt, garlic, dill, and lemon to the bowl with the cucumber and mix. Add additional lemon juice, salt, and pepper to your desired taste.

Vegan tzatziki garnished in a bowl.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of vegan yogurt should I use?

There are several types of vegan yogurts on the market. For this recipe, it is essential to use unsweetened yogurt and unflavored yogurt. Coconut yogurt or cashew yogurt works very well.

How do I store vegan tzatziki?

Store in an airtight container or a bowl tightly covered with plastic wrap. Vegan tzatziki can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Why is my tzatziki sauce watery?

Watery tzatziki sauce can happen for two reasons: thin yogurt or insufficient water extracted from the cucumbers. To avoid this, use thick and creamy yogurt and extract as much water as possible from the cucumbers. After extracting, pat dry to remove additional water.

Do I have to peel the cucumber?

This step is optional. If I am using organic cucumbers, I usually do not peel them. However, non-organic cucumbers often have a light coat of wax on them to look shiny. Because of this, I always peel non-organic cucumbers.

Vegan tzatziki garnished in a bowl.

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Vegan tzatziki in a bowl with veggies.

Vegan Tzatziki Sauce Recipe (dairy free)

Vegan tzatziki sauce is a creamy, tangy, and delicious easy recipe. This simple dip adds a fresh flavor to your sandwiches, gyros, salads, falafel, vegetable dips, and so much more.
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Course: All Day
Cuisine: Greek
Servings: 16 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Equipment

  • 1 box grater or food processor
  • 1 Medium bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 large standard cucumber, peeled, seeded, and grated Or two English cucumbers or three-four Persian cucumbers.
  • 1 and ½ cups plain vegan yogurt
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup fresh dill, finely copped
  • 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper to tate
  • Extra virgin olive oilOptional – drizzle on top when serving as a dip

Instructions

  • Peel the cucumber, cut it in half, and remove the seeds. Using a box grater or food processor, grate cucumbers. Use your hands to squeeze the excess liquid out of the grated cucumber. You want to squeeze out as much water as possible. Place the grated cucumber in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Add the yogurt, garlic, dill, and lemon to the bowl with the cucumber and mix. Add additional lemon juice, salt, and pepper to your desired taste.

Notes

Storing instructions – Place in an airtight container or in a bowl tightly covered with plastic wrap. Vegan tzatziki can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Tzatziki Sauce Recipe (dairy free)
Serving Size
 
1 ounce
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
19
Calories from Fat 4
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.4
g
1
%
Sodium
 
4
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
3
g
1
%
Fiber
 
0.4
g
2
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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