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Tzatziki Sauce with Sour Cream

A tart and creamy tzatziki sauce with sour cream using simple ingredients and a combination of Greek yogurt, sour cream, and fresh lemon juice.

Personally, I’m a huge fan of gyros and nothing completes a wrap quite like a fresh, light tzatziki sauce.

Kim, on the other hand, prefers that classic gyro sauce as a dip. For today’s recipe, we’re sharing the best of both worlds.

Similar to our roasted garlic hummus, this homemade tzatziki sauce with sour cream is smooth, creamy and can be used as dip or sandwich dressing.

The tzatziki sauce in a bowl topped with olive oil.
Fresh dill adds extra tartness and a nice green color to the sauce.

This condiment is made with plenty of fresh ingredients and a mixture of Greek yogurt and sour cream.

I’ve included recipe tips towards the bottom of the post. In the meantime, shall we get started?

Don’t have pita chips, then try our air fryer tortilla chips as dippers. Or, you could use this sauce on our grilled chicken sandwich.

close-up of the dip showing fresh dill.
We like to serve our sauce with pita chips or fresh vegetables.

How to make tzatziki sauce with sour cream:

First, you need to prep the fresh cucumber. Start by peeling it and discarding the rind. Go ahead and shred it or finely chop the vegetable.

Shredded cucumber in a sieve over a bowl.
Try to get as much moisture out of the cucumber as you can.

Next, place it into a mesh sieve and allow it to drain. Kim used a coffee filter to help absorb the liquid.

Additionally, you may need to squeeze the cucumber in a paper towel to dry it completely. Once that’s done, set it aside.

Yogurt, sour cream, and other ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Combine the ingredients in a different small bowl.

In another mixing bowl, add the yogurt, sour cream, olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, and chopped dill.

Use a whisk to combine the ingredients. The mixture should be silky smooth, for the most part.

Olive oil being added to the rest of the ingredients.
Use a high quality olive oil if you can. The better the oil, the better the flavor.

Then, use a wooden spoon to gently fold in the shredded cucumber. Believe it or not, that’s all there is to recipe.

Last, transfer the finished tzatziki sauce with sour cream to a serving dish. That’s it, you’re done! Kim and I hope you enjoy this savory dip or sandwich sauce and we wish you all the best 🙂

The shredded cucumber added to the sauce.
Make sure the cucumber is dry before adding it to the remaining ingredients.

What do you eat tzatziki sauce with?

Tzatziki sauce can be eaten in a number of ways with all sorts of foods. For example, pita bread or chips make wonderful dipping options. As do, carrot sticks, cucumber slices, and tomato wedges. Alternatively, you can use it as a sauce on gyros and other meaty sandwiches or wraps.

How long does tzatziki sauce keep?

Our recipe can be stored, in a sealed container, in your fridge for up to 3-days.
The sauce has been mixed and is ready to serve.
Once the tzatziki sauce is mixed, it’s ready to serve!

Tzatziki Sauce Tips:

  • I don’t recommend using lemon concentrate for this recipe. Concentrates are great for baking and desserts. But, a sauce like this one needs that fresh, “pop,” that only freshly squeezed lemon juice can provide.
  • You can use dried dill in the recipe. However, much like the lemon juice, fresh dill adds a flavor that dried versions just can’t mimic properly.
  • If you don’t want to use Greek yogurt, then you can use sour cream. With that being said, I recommend adding a little mayonnaise (to taste) to soften the tartness of the sour cream.
The tzatziki sauce served in a small bowl with chips.
This sauce is creamy, tart, and delicious!

Don’t forget to check out our Tzatziki Sauce web story!

The tzatziki sauce served in a small bowl with chips.

Tzatziki Sauce with Sour Cream

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 24 Servings

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  • 1 large cucumber peeled and shredded
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 garlic clove minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1/4 cup dill weed fresh, finely chopped


  • Peel the cucumber to remove most of the thick skin, then use a spoon to remove the seeds. Grate the cucumber using a grater with large holes.
    1 large cucumber
  • Remove the excess moisture from the cucumber by squeezing it in a kitchen towel or cheesecloth, or placing it in a mesh sieve line with a coffee filter. Set the sieve over a bowl and allow the liquid to drain off. This method will take several minutes and some moisture may still need to be squeezed out in a towel.
  • In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, sour cream, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and dill. Fold in the cucumber.
    1/2 cup Greek yogurt
    1/2 cup sour cream
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 tablespoons lemon juice
    1 garlic clove
    1/4 cup dill weed
  • Serve with fresh vegetables or pita bread. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of 1-tablespoon of the tzatziki sauce. Additionally, the calorie count does NOT include the pita chips and other garnishments in the photos. Actual calories will vary.
*Doubling or tripling this recipe has not been tested. Therefore, we can not guarantee the outcome of adjusting the ingredients.
*For additional tips and information please refer to the post.


Serving: 1Tablespoon | Calories: 25kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 77IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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Bryan Dilworth

Monday 11th of July 2022

I have to question something in your Nutritional section. Your recipe says that it yields 8 one tablespoon servings. From what I see, there's got to be at least 1 1/2 cups of sauce in the recipe, or 24 tablespoons of sauce. I loaded your recipe into MyFitnessPal using 24 servings and it came to 22 calories per tablespoon.


Monday 11th of July 2022

Hi Bryan!

Thank you so much for asking! Yes, you're correct. That's a typo on our end. I'm fixing it now, so it will reflect the correct information. The total amount is right around 1 1/2 cups with a serving size of 1 tablespoon. Thanks again and have a great week! :)