authentic greek tzatziki recipe

Authentic Greek Tzatziki (from a Greek Grandmother!)

This authentic greek tzatziki recipe is simple, quick, easy and so delicious (or so I’m told).

In case it wasn’t clear from my video on socials. As I didn’t actually state “I don’t like cucumber” at any point – I don’t like cucumber 🤣 

I know it’s an integral part of this recipe however, so I knew I would need help to be able to post one. So when I was invited down to Babs in Glasgow for some Behind the Scenes recording, they offered to share their recipe with me.

I say it’s an authentic greek tzatziki recipe because the Head Chef of Babs is Greek. And the recipe he shares below has been passed down from his Grandmother – garlic hack and all!

I hope you love it, because I can’t attest to how good it is myself. Sadly, simply because its key ingredient is cucumber.

authentic greek tzatziki recipe

Authentic Greek Tzatziki Recipe

Thanks to Takis from Babs in Glasgow for this recipe!
5 from 1 vote
10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Cuisine Greek
Servings 4
Calories 111 kcal


  • 100 g cucumber before grating, it will be a lower weight once water removed
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tsp malt vinegar
  • 450 g Greek yoghurt 10% fat
  • 7 g salt
  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • 10 ml extra virgin olive oil drizzle


  • Finely chop garlic clove and add to ramekin with salt & vinegar, mash down slightly/crush together with a spoon
  • Grate cucumber and squeeze out liquid using a fine mesh sieve and your hands (no use of salt on the cucumber directly as it would continue to draw the moisture out until there was none left)
  • Add Greek yoghurt to cucumber with drizzle of olive oil, white pepper & stir through
  • Finally, mix through the garlic mixture until all combined
  • Taste and season more if desired


Calories: 111kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 11gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 725mgPotassium: 37mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 83IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 137mgIron: 0.1mg
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