What To Eat With Tzatziki (50+ Delicious & Creative Ideas)

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Greek tzatziki is a delicious and creamy Greek yogurt and cucumber sauce. There’s no way you’ll ever eat a Greek souvlaki or gyros without it. But there are so many other ways to get creative with this simple, refreshing and healthy sauce!

Read on for over 50 tasty and interesting ways to eat tzatziki.

A closeup of a brown ceramic bowl of authentic Greek tsatziki with a spoon and with fresh dill and olive oil on top and on a wooden board and blue background.

The best easy tzatziki sauce recipe

Of course, it’s no problem to pick up some good quality store-bought tzatziki. But did you know that it’s SUPER easy to make your own in around only 10 minutes?

You only need a few simple and healthy ingredientsthick Greek yogurt, cubed or grated cucumber, garlic, fresh dill, fresh lemon juice and olive oil.

If you’d like to give it a try, I have a simple recipe for authentic tzatziki (or tsatziki – pronounced t-sat-ZEE-zee in Greek) here on the blog. I hope you do!

closeup of someone squeezing half a lemon into a bowl of all the ingredients for tzatziki in a glass bowl with a spoon from above.

Souvlaki, wraps & kebabs

You just can’t eat a Greek souvlaki (chicken or pork on skewers with pita bread) without plenty of tzatziki sauce!

Try my recipe below for a super easy chicken souvlaki gyro that you can bake either in the oven or air fryer. It’s the simplest way to experience heaven on a plate. As you take a bite, close your eyes and transport yourself to a Greek taverna with rickety blue wooden chairs.

closeup of the inside of a Greek chicken gryo wrap with chicken thigh, tzatziki, onion, tomatoes and lettuce on a black plate with a bowl of tzatziki in the background.
5 from 2 votes

Super Easy Greek Chicken Gyro Pita

Gyro pitas (AKA souvlaki!) are Greece's most popular fast food, and you definitely won't want to eat them without a generous spoonful of tzatziki inside! These oven-baked gyros taste just the same as they do in Greece, and they're perfect for a mini crowd!
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But really I wouldn’t advise eating any kind of Mediterranean style wrap or kebab without some tzatziki with it.

Here are a few more options:

Middle Eastern style falafel wraps are a fantastic vegetarian option!

A platter of halloumi kebabs with chorizo and tomatoes from above on a blue-grey background
5 from 7 votes

Halloumi Kebabs with Chorizo, Tomatoes and Honey Lime Dressing

Halloumi cheese is traditionally made in Cyprus and it's absolutely delicious fried or grilled. Try threading onto skewers with tangy chorizo and juicy tomatoes, then drizzle with a simple honey-lime dressing and serve with Tsatziki on the side.
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A sweet potato falafel sandwich from the side on baking paper with kitchen equipment in the background.
5 from 1 vote

Sweet Potato Falafel

Golden, crispy little falafel made of sweet potatoes, chickpeas and spices. Falafel with tzatziki is a perfect combination. Serve with fresh bread and a Greek salad for a delicious and healthy meal.
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Authentic Shish Tawook Chicken Skewers Recipe

Authentic Shish Tawook Lebanese grilled chicken skewers from Little Sunny Kitchen marinated in a yogurt-based marinade. Grilled until tender and juicy!
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Lamb Shish Kebab

If you love a takeaway, why not try making these Turkish style Lamb Shish Kebabs from Hungry Healthy Happy at home? A really simple, but flavour packed recipe.
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German Gyros (or Döner Kebab)

This is a German gyros recipe from Where is my Spoon. It's probably the most popular street food in Germany. You will love this easy homemade version!
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Homemade Beef Koftas Recipe – Happy Foods Tube

Making homemade beef koftas from scratch is easier than you think! This recipe from Happy Foods Tube only takes minutes to make, but you can prep ahead of time.
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Classic Greek dishes

If you ever have the pleasure of enjoying Greek mezze (like Greek tapas!) in a restaurant, I can almost guarantee there’ll be tzatziki on the table.

There are a few Greek dishes that I make often at home, I wouldn’t dream of serving them without tzatziki sauce on the side. Here they are.

Closeup of a dish of slow roasted Greek lamb in a white dish with colourful garnishes such as feta and lettuce
4.75 from 47 votes

Easy Slow Cooked Greek Lamb (Lamb Kleftiko)

A super easy and tasty authentic slow cooked Greek lamb roast with delicious lemon potatoes and vegetables. Throw the veggies in a pot, sit a lamb leg on top, rub in simple Mediterranean flavours, and slow roast for 4 hours to fall-apart perfection.
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One pan Greek baked chicken and potatoes with a Greek salad in the background
4.80 from 20 votes

Roasted Greek Chicken and Potatoes

You'll love this simple and popular everyday Greek chicken recipe. Just bake chicken and potato wedges with a really easy olive oil, lemon and oregano marinade. Don't even think about skipping the tzatziki and Greek salad sides!
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A colourful dish of Greek stuffed tomatoes and peppers with bread and feta - there's a baking dish in the background
5 from 14 votes

Greek Stuffed Peppers and Tomatoes (Gemista)

My version of Gemista is super tasty, with minced beef, lots of herbs and spices and a delicious tomato sauce spooned over the top. Don't forget to serve with big wedges of feta cheese!
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Someone eating a piece of easy moussaka with a fork - there's some Greek salad in the background
4.63 from 45 votes

Easy Moussaka

With its tasty layers of eggplant, meat sauce and bechamel sauce, a traditional Greek moussaka is a really hard meal to beat. It can take a little while to make, but this recipe makes it easy. My favorite way to serve it is with Greek salad and tzatziki.
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Salads

Healthy tzatziki can also go really well with a summer salad, instead of mayonnaise or a dressing. My top pick is a classic Greek salad (horiatiki salata).

Add your favorite bakery bread, some 2-minute olive oil toasts or some of this shockingly easy no-knead focaccia bread and you have a delicious light and nutritious meal for yourself or guests!

Part of a big Greek salad in a white bowl with a big slice of feta cheese and oregano on top from above.

Here are a few more salad ideas that are perfect for serving tzatziki with.

Closeup of tuna salad on a marble background with another salad in the background.
4.67 from 6 votes

Easy Tuna Salad

There’s a reason I’ve been making this easy tuna salad week after week for years. It’s healthy and delicious and made with the simplest of salad ingredients that you’ve probably nearly always got in your fridge. Delicious with a spoonful of tzatziki on top!
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A closeup of a blue bowl of asparagus, tomato and chickpea orzo salad with a spoon across the top.
5 from 4 votes

Orzo Salad

Looking for something refreshing, simple, and healthy to go with your chicken, fish, or steak main? Look no further! This orzo salad with feta, asparagus and chickpeas is the perfect choice!
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A square plate of crispy halloumi salad with tomato, corn and avocado on a white and blue tea towel
5 from 1 vote

Crispy Halloumi Salad

A simple salad with roasted tomatoes, corn, avocado and basil – all topped with addictively crispy halloumi cheese and a drizzle of honey mustard dressing.
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A close up of crispy fried chickpeas on a salad

Quinoa Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

A simple but very addictive salad with healthy quinoa and super delicious crispy chickpeas.
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Greek Lamb Salad with Tzatziki

A fast, simple and healthy family dinner from The Cooking Collective that is absolutely packed with flavour, this Greek lamb salad recipe with tzatziki can be ready in just 15 minutes!
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Meat & fish

Tzatziki together with any kind of simple grilled, marinated, roasted or air fried meat or fish are a match made in heaven. Lamb chops or simply cooked salmon would be my top picks! Either spoon the sauce over the meat or fish or serve it on the side.

Add a simple salad or veggies and this is such a quick and easy midweek meal, or elevate your next BBQ with big bowls of this incredible Mediterranean sauce.

Here are a few more simple meat recipes that pair perfectly with tzatziki on the side.

A bowl of Greek air fryer meatballs garnished with lemon wedges and feta and there's a Greek salad at the side
5 from 2 votes

Greek Chicken Meatballs

Greek meatballs can be delicious AND quick and easy when you make them in your air fryer. Mix together all the ingredients, shape into bite-sized meatballs and air fry for 10 minutes. Oven bake if you don't have an air fryer!
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A whole cooked rotisserie style chicken in an air fryer basket on a blue background
5 from 3 votes

Rotisserie Chicken

Cook a chicken in your air fryer once and you'll never cook it any other way! Add a herb and spice rub and you'll end up with a perfectly moist and juicy rotisserie style roast chicken in under an hour. Delicious served with a Greek salad and of course tsatziki!
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A big white dish of Greek baked chicken wings with feta and olives on top and an olive oil bottle in the background
5 from 1 vote

Greek Baked Marinated Chicken

These Greek baked chicken drumsticks, wings or thighs are sticky and caramelised and full of gorgeous Greek flavours. Tzatizki could be the perfect dipping sauce!
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Closeup of 2 crispy salmon fish cakes on a rectangular white plate with green salad in the background and lemon segments on a wooden board in the foreground.
4.63 from 8 votes

Salmon Fish Cakes

These are are full of delicately flavoured salmon and fresh, subtle flavours. My favourite part is the crispy exterior, delicious dipped in your favorite Greek sauce!
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Spiced Lamb Burger with Tzatziki and Chilli Jam

Lamb Burgers are a great alternative to beef and this Spiced Lamb Burger from Hungry Healthy Happy is absolutely delicious. Topped with creamy Tzatziki and a sticky Chilli Jam.
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Greek Stuffed Feta Burgers With Tzatziki

Grill up some Greek inspired burgers stuffed with feta cheese from Homebody Eats. These beef burger patties are filled with Mediterranean flavors you’ll love!
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Smoked Lamb Chops with a flavorful Greek rub and Tzatziki sauce

A rack of lamb cooked low and slow on the smoker (or on the grill if you don't have a smoker) then finished with a quick sear. These lamb lollipops from Foodie and Wine would be perfect as an appetizer!
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Smokey Paprika Chicken with Cucumber Tzatziki

Smokey paprika marinated chicken thighs with cooling yogurt tzatziki. This easy and healthy recipe from Craving California is going to be your new go-to weeknight dinner!
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Vegetarian main dishes

If you want to keep your meal vegetarian, there are plenty of options. Any kind of pizza with ‘Greek’ toppings such as feta, olives, tomatoes and green peppers, veggie burgers, plant-based burgers and sausages and much more will go perfectly with tzatziki.

Here are some more vegetarian ideas.

A whole Greek spinach and feta filo pie on baking paper with a piece cut out and with a piece in the background on a plate
4.91 from 41 votes

Greek Feta and Spinach Filo Pie

This super easy version of the Greek dish 'spanakopita' is incredibly delicious. Perfect for a simple lunch for guests or a midweek meal for the family.
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Naan pizza with mozzarella and fresh basil leaves on brown paper and a wooden board with a pizza cutter, colorful salad bowl and more pizza in the background.
5 from 4 votes

Naan Pizza

Homemade pizzas made with a delicious ready-made base- naan bread! Top with sun dried tomatoes and mini mozzarella cheese balls, and you've got a simple but tasty meal in just 20 minutes.
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A red baking dish of eggplant lasagna with a piece missing on a cooking rack and with a red checked tea towel in the foreground
5 from 3 votes

Eggplant Lasagna

This vegetarian eggplant lasagna is made by layering a simple pasta alla norma sauce with a ricotta mixture and lasagna sheets. There's no white sauce to make, and it's on the table in just an hour.
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A square slice of feta and red pepper quiche on a white plate with green salad and a fork.
5 from 7 votes

Red Pepper and Feta Quiche

This quiche is SO easy to make with a store bought pie crust, a few pantry ingredients and some delicious Mediterranean vegetables that you don't have to pre-cook.
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Someone holding up a crispy halloumi burger with sweet chilli mayonnaise with a bite out of it.
4.75 from 16 votes

Crispy Halloumi Burgers

A really easy-to-make crispy veggie burger with halloumi cheese as the star of the show. Top brioche buns with shallow fried halloumi slices, then pile on ribbons of carrot and cucumber. You can replace the mayonnaise with tsatziki for a healthier (yet super tasty) option. Delicious!
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One pan Greek couscous with halloumi in a rustic bowl and on a green checked place mat
4.25 from 4 votes

Roasted Vegetable Couscous with Halloumi

Delicious roasted vegetables with a Greek twist. Add couscous to the dish, and top with crispy halloumi cheese. Superb as a main meal but also ideal to serve alongside meat or fish. Just drizzle healthy tzatziki sauce over the top!
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Overhead view of someone lifting a slice of baked vegetable frittata out of a lined sheet pan of it with a wooden handled knife and blue tea towel.
5 from 1 vote

Sheet Pan Frittata

Use up all your leftovers in this big sheet pan frittata. A perfect option for lunches, picnics and parties!
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A small stack of pea, mint and feta quinoa fritters on a white plate with salad.

Pea, Mint and Feta Quinoa Fritters

Crispy quinoa fritters packed with peas, feta, lemon and fresh mint and parsley. Light, healthy, super tasty. Perfect with creamy tzatziki sauce on the top.
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What to serve with tzatziki dip

Yep, it’s true. Tzatziki isn’t just a sauce, it’s a healthy and delicious dip as well!

Of course, you can keep things super simple (and nutritious!) and just chop up some raw vegetables such as carrot sticks, cucumber and colorful peppers for dipping. Add some tortilla chips of any description for extra crunch.

But of course, that’s not all you can dip into your delicious yogurt cucumber dip.

Try

  • french fries (skinny, wedges, sweet potato)
  • ‘alternative’ fries (zucchini, eggplant, polenta…)
  • crackers or breadsticks
  • your favorite bread or pita bread, but into wedges or strips and toasted (if you like!)
  • simple or fancy garlic bread or garlic sticks
  • fancy store-bought potato or vegetable chips
  • roasted veggie ‘wedges’ (cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, beetroot, zucchini, sweet potato…)
  • cheese sticks (ideas: breaded mozzarella sticks or halloumi fries – see below for recipe!)
  • quesadillas (see below for a fantastic Greek quesadillas recipe!)
  • mini pies (see below for my top picks: mini Greek filo pies)
  • meat strips (chicken nuggets, chicken tenders, mini meat skewers, mini sausages, or even strips of steak)

Here are some of my favorite recipes that would be perfect for dipping into tzatziki!

A brown baking paper bag of zucchini fries
5 from 3 votes

Greek Zucchini Fries

Delicious and super easy Greek style zucchini fries in the lightest, crispiest tempura batter. They go wonderfully well as a side with any kind of meat, fish or vegetarian main. Don't forget a big dish of tsatziki sauce for dipping!
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A stack of halloumi fries on brown paper and a blue marble platter with dips to the side
4.89 from 26 votes

Crispy Halloumi Fries

These halloumi fries need just 3 ingredients. They truly are legendary. Everyone loves them, and they take just minutes to make. Amazing dipped in tzatziki and sweet chili sauce.
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A closeup of an overhead of some golden brown cooked Greek potatoes in a baking dish with a blue tea towel in the corner and with a sprinkle of parsley on top.
4.72 from 221 votes

Greek Potatoes

These amazing Greek style potatoes are tasty, creamy, and crispy all at the same time. They go with just about anything but also work as a snack or BBQ appetizer with tzatziki dip on the side. SO addictive!
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Mini parmesan and garlic hasselback potatoes on a baking tray
4.30 from 17 votes

Mini Parmesan and Garlic Hasselback Potatoes

If you're a fan of crispy potatoes you'll love these baby roasted potatoes smothered in garlic and cheese. Make them as a treat for the family or serve at your next dinner party with lashings of tsatziki. Heaven!
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Greek quesadilla triangles arranged in a circle on a white plate with blue tea towel and ingredients around it.
4.74 from 15 votes

Greek Quesadillas

Try this lighter Greek-Mex version of spanakopita, served with a traditional side of fresh and tangy tzatziki sauce.
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Homemade pita chips in a blue floral bowl with feta dip, lemon halves, Greek salad and salt just visible at the sides, all on a mottled blue background.

Greek Baked Pita Chips

These Greek Pita Chips take 10 minutes to bake and are perfect for dipping into your favorite dips!
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Someone grabbing a supermarket copycat pesto and cheese twist out of a container full of them
5 from 3 votes

Cheese Twists with Pesto

Puff pastry cheese twists filled with pesto and cheese. These are delicious warm from the oven. You only need 4 simple pantry ingredients to make them.
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Crispy spinach and feta filo parcels, one with a bite out of it to show the spinach and feta filling inside, all on baking paper with ingredients behind.
4.60 from 15 votes

Greek Filo Parcels

Little squares of filo pastry topped with a feta, spinach and sundried tomato mixture and scrunched up at the top to make little parcels. SO good as an appetizer or party food with dips on the side.
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A mini Greek cheese pie just baked on a cooling rack and marble background with another pie in the background.

Mini Feta Triangles (Tiropita)

These cheese pies are crispy and delicious. Make them ahead, stash in the freezer and you’re ready to go.
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Top tip: Tzatziki is also a great substitute for sour cream in a 7 layer dip! Try this Greek layered dip from A Gouda Life.

Even more ideas

Yep, there are even more creative uses for tzatziki! Maybe you have leftovers, or you might want to make another batch especially for the ideas below.

  • Make ‘Greek fries’ with chopped olives, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, feta and oregano sprinkled over the top. Serve with tzatziki on top or on the side.
  • Stir through pasta salad or potato salad instead of mayonnaise or sour cream. Try this trick with this Mediterranean penne pasta salad!
  • Serve leftover tzatziki on top of a baked potato with feta cheese and a salad on the side.
  • With a quiche or omelette and veggies or salad.
  • With a pizza instead of ranch dressing.
  • Stir through cooked chicken or tuna for an interesting twist on chicken or tuna salad.

FAQ

Can tzatziki be used as a salad dressing?

Actually, yes! Just toss tzatziki with your favorite green salad leaves. Crunchy iceberg lettuce works especially well. The result is similar to a salad with ranch dressing, except tzatziki is healthier. Tzatziki will go well with any salad you’d usually serve with ranch dressing.

Can you eat tzatziki by itself?

Tzatziki isn’t usually eaten entirely by itself, but it’s very delicious scooped up with pita bread, corn chips or vegetables. You can enjoy it like this as a healthy snack or serve it as a simple appetizer when you’re next entertaining.

Are raita and tzatziki the same?

They are both a delicious creamy yogurt sauce, but while tzatziki hails from Greece, raita is a cooling Indian sauce served with spicy dishes. Both are often made with cucumber, but raita usually includes coriander and mint rather than dill, and spices such as cumin.

So now you know exactly how to eat tzatziki! Yes, with souvlaki, but you can enjoy it in so many other ways.

I’d love to hear how you decided to serve it!

Looking for more Greek side dish ideas? Take a look at this collection of 21 easy Greek sides for lots of delicious inspiration for your next Greek feast!

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