Quick Cucumber Sauce

This cucumber sauce is full of flavor and fast to make! Made in minutes with Greek yogurt, lemon, and dill, it’s like a quick tzatziki.

Cucumber sauce

This cool and refreshing sauce you’ll want to slather on just about everything: cucumber sauce! Stir together shredded cucumber with Greek yogurt, lemon, garlic, and dill, and it’s nothing short of a revelation. Alex and I originally made it to go with our authentic falafel sandwiches, but it works on any sandwich, burger, or even grilled veggie platter. Use it as a healthy dip, spread, or slather: you name it! The best part: it’s actually quick and takes just minutes to put together.

A cucumber sauce that’s actually quick

This recipe is modeled after the traditional Greek tzatziki, so it’s a Mediterranean-style or Greek cucumber sauce. Our authentic tzatziki calls for a 1 to 2 hour chill time. Most cucumber sauce recipes call for salting the cucumber for 1 hour to remove moisture, or chilling for 1 to 2 hours before eating. Who has time for that?

Alex and I created this cucumber sauce to be one you can make in minutes: no waiting time required. While we love our tzatziki recipe: the flavor of this one is just as good! And it’s the one we make on the regular now.

Cucumber sauce

How to make cucumber sauce (basic steps)

Here are the basic steps to how to make this cucumber sauce, and the secret to making it…fast!

  • Grate the cucumber, then squeeze out the liquid. Skip salting the cucumber and letting it sit for 1 hour. Here you’ll grate it and then use a clean towel to squeeze out the extra liquid.
  • Mix with the remaining ingredients! Then you’ll just mix with the remaining ingredients: Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, dill, and salt and pepper. Then, you’ll add water to get it to a creamy consistency…more on that below.

Use just enough water to get it creamy!

Once you mix together this cucumber sauce, you’ll find that the texture is thick. The final step is to stir in water until it gets to the right consistency. You’ll know it’s done when it’s perfectly creamy and easy to dollop onto your sandwich. It should be creamy and thick. Resist the urge to add too much water: we added 2 to 3 tablespoons.

The reason the water varies is because each brand of Greek yogurt varies! Some are thicker than others. You might also notice that when you’re using a large container, after a while the water will pool at the bottom and the yogurt you scoop out is very thick.

Lemon dill

Dried dill vs fresh dill

Many Greek or Mediterranean-style cucumber sauce recipes use fresh dill (like this one). Because this one is designed for speed and to be easy to put together, we used dried dill. The flavor turns out fantastic! But if you love fresh dill (we do) and especially if you have it on hand, you can use fresh dill!

The rule of thumb for converting dried and fresh herbs is this: 1 tablespoon fresh herbs equals 1 teaspoon dried herbs. So use 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill in this recipe!

Ways to serve cucumber sauce

The best part: serving this healthy cucumber sauce! There are so many ways to serve it: as a sandwich spread, or as a dip. Here are our top ways to use it:

Cucumber sauce

More cucumber recipes

Do you love cucumbers? This hydrating veggie is one of our favorites to use in sauces, dips and drinks. Here are some favorite cucumber recipes:

  • Creamy Cucumber Salad An ultra refreshing side dish! The silky sauce with dill and shallots brings an irresistible flavor.
  • Greek Salad That classic combination of juicy tomatoes, cool cucumbers, red onion, Kalamata olives, and salty feta.
  • Watermelon Salad with Feta & Cucumber It pairs sweet melon with salty feta, cucumber, fresh basil and lemon zest.

This cucumber sauce recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Cucumber sauce

Quick Cucumber Sauce


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: About 1 3/4 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This cucumber sauce is full of flavor and fast to make! Made in minutes with Greek yogurt, lemon, and dill, it’s like a quick tzatziki.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup grated cucumber (1 medium or 2/3 large)
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup full fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried dill*
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Water

Instructions

  1. Peel the cucumber and coarsely grate it. Place it in a clean tea towel or dish towel and squeeze tightly over a sink to remove excess liquid.
  2. Mince the garlic. Juice the lemon.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together all ingredients, then stir in about 2 to 3 tablespoons of water, until the sauce is smooth and creamy (the water amount will vary based on the yogurt brand). Store for up to 1 week refrigerated.

Notes

*If you prefer using fresh dill or have it on hand, you can use 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill.

  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Greek

Keywords: Cucumber sauce, Dill sauce, Yogurt sauce, Yogurt dill sauce

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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