This vegan tzatziki is thick, creamy, and extra flavorful, you won’t believe it is dairy free! Made in just one bowl and ready in seconds!
Growing up, one of my favorite snacks was pita chips with tzatziki. I think it stems from having Greek neighbors who ALWAYS made big batches of it (weekly) and would send bowlfuls over to us.
Is tzatziki vegan?
Traditional tzatziki is not vegan. It contains dairy in the form of yogurt or cream cheese. However, you can easily make your own vegan friendly tzatziki with a few cheeky swaps.
The texture is thick and creamy and can be thinned out to make a sauce or dressing. It’s full of Greek herbs and is perfect to add to anything and everything!
I love making this dairy free tzatziki whenever I have friends over because it tastes just like the real deal, if not better!
How do you make vegan tzatziki sauce?
- Dairy free yogurt– Any plain yogurt can be used, like soy or vegan Greek yogurt. If you use a coconut based yogurt, be sure it has no coconut flavor throughout.
- Olive oil– Adds some richness to the tzatziki and helps thicken it up beautifully.
- Mint– Optional, but freshly chopped mint can balance out the dill.
- Dill– Freshly chopped dill, which is a must for any good tzatziki recipe!
- Lemon juice– The acidity balances out the yogurt and pairs well with the olive oil and garlic notes.
- Garlic– Freshly minced.
- Salt– Adjust this to taste.
- Cucumbers– Finely grated cucumbers. You can peel them if you wish.
In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients. For a sauce or dressing, add extra yogurt. Refrigerate for at least an hour to thicken.
Is tzatziki sauce healthy?
Compared to other dips and sauces out there, tzatziki is one of the healthiest. It contains the least amount of fat and also packs in extra protein from the yogurt.
Does tzatziki contain dill?
Dill is an important component of good tzatziki. However, like any recipe, if you aren’t a fan of it, you can omit it completely.
How to store dairy free tzatziki
- To store: Vegan tzatziki can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 1 week.
What to serve tzatziki sauce with
Tools to make this recipe
- Blender– Use this for an even smoother tzatziki or if you want this as a dressing/sauce.
- Mixing bowl– To whisk everything together.
- Serving dish– Serve this stunning dip!
- 1 1/2 cups vegan yogurt plain and unsweetened
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp mint freshly chopped, optional
- 2 tbsp dill freshly chopped
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 cups cucumber grated
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all your ingredients and mix until combined.
- Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour, to thicken.