Tzatziki sauce has an amazing herby and tangy flavor that goes great on salads, with falafel, and eaten right out of the bowl with a slice of pita bread. It's vegan, made with coconut yogurt, cucumber, garlic, lemon juice, and fresh herbs.
This Vegan Tzatziki Sauce recipe is made with coconut yogurt which gives it a unique sweetness and the fresh lemon juice balances it with a tangy flavor. The fresh dill, parsley, and mint mellow out the other ingredients and make the whole thick sauce a truly delicious topping.
You'll love the taste of this easy tzatziki sauce served with store-bought or homemade pita bread, on a greek salad, with Baked Falafel, Falafel Bowls, and Falafel Pitas. If you're making more sauces, make sure you try Tahini Sauce (made with sesame seed paste) and Hummus (made from chickpeas) as well. These three sauces are vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegetarian.
- Preparation time: 5-7 minutes
- 12 oz coconut yogurt
- 1 cucumber
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 garlic cloves, mined
- Pinch of salt
- Handful of fresh parsley, dill, and mint
- Dash of extra virgin olive oil
How to make vegan tzatziki sauce
- Grate the cucumber. Take one big handful at a time, lightly squeeze the grated cucumber between your palms over the sink to remove excess moisture. Transfer the squeezed cucumber to a serving bowl.
- Add yogurt, minced garlic, and lemon juice.
- Add fresh chopped herbs and mix everything well.
- Drizzle with olive oil, serve, and enjoy!
Tips For Success
- If you can't find coconut yogurt or you want to go a little more traditional, you can use full-fat Greek yogurt or fat-free Greek yogurt. Keep in mind that it will no longer be vegan or dairy-free, but it will still be gluten-free and vegetarian.
- Sour cream is another option if you'd like to cut out the yogurt altogether. This also makes it no longer vegan or dairy-free.
- It's best to use English cucumbers in this greek tzatziki sauce, but if you can't find them, your local cucumbers will work great as well.
- While authentic tzatziki sauce uses fresh herbs, you can use dried dill, parsley, and mint if you're really in a bind. Make sure to let the sauce sit for at least 30 minutes so the flavors can absorb and mix together.
- If you'd rather not grate the cucumber, you can also finely dice them. Just be sure to dry them with paper towels so they're not too watery before mixing with the other ingredients.
- Place the sauce in an air tight container and store it in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- Freeze tzatziki sauce in a freezer bag or air tight container for up to 6 months.
- Another great way to freeze it is to pour the sauce into an ice cube tray or silicone baking mold with small squares and freeze. Then, remove them from the mold and put them in a freezer bag and back in the freezer. Make sure to label and date the bag so you know what they are later. This way, you can remove only what you need and keep the rest frozen for later use.
- Chopping board
- Kitchen knife
What do you eat tzatziki sauce with?
This sauce is great on top of green salads, as a side for falafel, or as a dip for fresh vegetables or pita bread.
Is tzatziki sauce healthy?
Yes, tzatziki sauce is healthy, low in calories, and only made with a handful of ingredients - yogurt, cucumber, lemon, garlic, fresh herbs, and olive oil.
Is tzatziki vegan?
Not all tzatziki sauce is vegan but if you use our recipe, it is! We use a coconut yogurt base as opposed to a greek yogurt from dairy.
What is the difference between tahini sauce and tzatziki?
Tahini sauce is made with a sesame seed paste while tzatziki is made with a yogurt base.
Can you freeze tzatziki sauce?
Yes! You can freeze tzatziki sauce for up to 6 months.
This nutrition card is calculated by a third party app and is only an estimate. The numbers will vary based on the specific ingredient amounts and brands you use in making this recipe.
8 servings per container
Serving Size4 tablespoons
- Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 2g 10%
- Cholesterol 2mg 1%
- Sodium 38mg 2%
- Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
- Potassium 61mg 2%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
- Sugars 2g
- Protein 3g 6%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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