I can’t say that I love to eat yogurt. With all of it’s good protein and pro-biotics, yogurt is something I wish I woke up wanting to eat every day, but I just can’t.

However, once yogurt is used to make a savory sauce like Tzatziki, it’s a different story. When the refreshing cucumber mixes with garlic and mint, I just cannot get enough.

While Tzatziki is really good, it’s also simple to make. It meets the 5 Ingredient Friday requirements and (as a bonus) doesn’t require any cooking.

Now, just to be 100% clear, this recipe is not my own at all. It comes straight from The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook (affiliate link) by America’s Test Kitchen. This book is a huge inspiration for simple, healthy cooking at home. I highly recommend it!


This recipe is comes directly from <strong>The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook</strong> (afilliate link) by America's Test Kitchen.

This super simple dip or spread comes together quickly.

You'll need a box grater and a strainer.

Course Appetizer, Condiment
Cuisine Mediterranean, Simple
Keyword yogurt
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 cups


  • 1 (12 ounce) cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and shredded user a box grater to shred the cucumber (or a food processor)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup whole-milk Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh mint and/or dill
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced


  1. Toss the cucumber with 1/2 teaspoon salt in colander and let drain for 15 minutes.

  2. Whisk yogurt, oil, mint, and garlic together in a bowl, then stir in drained cucumber. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour or up to 2 days.

  3. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed before serving.

Recipe Notes

While the recipe says to refrigerate at least 1 hour, there is no harm in digging in early! Flavors will be even better after spending some time in the fridge, but they are not bad right away either ūüėČ

This recipe comes together so easily it’s a great one to have the kids help out with too. Once the cucumber is grated and garlic minced, it’s simply whisking and stirring making it perfect for the littlest kids to take a turn helping.

Happy eating!

Welcome to 5 Ingredient Friday! Here you'll find a recipe with 5 ingredients or less (shhh... water, oil, salt, pepper don't count). Recipes don't need a lot of ingredients to be yummy. Fewer ingredients means simpler prep. It also means you'll have them memorized in no time. 5 Ingredient recipes are the backbone of my everyday cooking. I hope you find a place for this recipe in your kitchen.