Vegan Tzatziki Sauce

Vegan Tzatziki Sauce, a dairy-free and vegan-friendly version of the classic Greek sauce made with plant-based yogurt, fresh dill, lemon, garlic, and spices. Only 10 minutes!

a white bowl with vegan tzatziki sauce with fresh dill and a lemon on a white table

Love tzatziki sauce but not sure how to make it vegan? This plant-based alternative to the famous Greek sauce uses vegan yogurt as the base for a dairy-free twist on traditional tzatziki.

πŸ‘‰ Ready to learn how to make a plant-based tzatziki sauce? Let’s do it!


πŸ₯’ Ingredients

  • Cucumber: Grated and drained cucumber is a key ingredient in this recipe, providing a refreshing and crunchy texture to the tzatziki sauce
  • Vegan Yogurt: Unsweetened vegan yogurt acts as a base for the tzatziki sauce, providing a creamy and tangy flavor. I like oat or soy yogurts for their mild flavor, but any plant-based yogurt will do.
  • Garlic Cloves: Minced garlic adds a savory and pungent taste to the tzatziki sauce
  • Fresh Dill: Chopped fresh dill adds an herbal and slightly sweet flavor to the tzatziki sauce, as well as a vibrant green color
  • Lemon Juice: Lemon juice provides a tangy and citrusy taste to the tzatziki sauce, as well as a natural preservative
  • Salt and Pepper: A pinch of salt and pepper enhances the overall flavor of the tzatziki sauce, bringing out the other ingredients’ natural flavors
  • Olive Oil: A drizzle of olive oil adds a smooth and slightly fruity flavor to the tzatziki sauce, as well as healthy fats
  • Recommended Tools: box or hand grater, a medium bowl, and a spoon
a cucumber, fresh dill, vegan yogurt, lemon, garlic, and spices on a table for vegan tzatziki sauce
Ingredients: vegan yogurt, dill, cucumber, garlic, lemon, oil, salt, pepper

πŸ₯£ How to make (step-by-step photos)

1️⃣ Step One: Grate cucumber

The first step to making the sauce is to grate and drain the water from the cucumber. To do this, grate the cucumber using a box or hand grater.

After grating, drain excess water from cucumber by either squeezing the cucumber by hand, in a cheese cloth, or pressing into a strainer.

grated cucumber in a bowl with a side of fresh dill
Grate and drain water from cucumber

2️⃣ Step Two: Mix ingredients with yogurt

After grating and draining the cucumber, add it to a mixing bowl with the vegan yogurt, minced garlic cloves, chopped fresh dill, lemon juice, and a generous pinch of salt and pepper.

Then use a spoon to mix all ingredients until well combined.

a bowl with yogurt, dill, garlic, and lemon for tzatziki sauce
Mix ingredients in a bowl

3️⃣ Step Three: Garnish and serve

To serve, add tzatziki sauce to a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh dill, and serve!

a white bowl with vegan tzatziki sauce on a table with fresh dill and lemons

❓ Recipe questions + quick tips

What type of vegan yogurt is best for tzatziki?

Any unsweetened vegan yogurt will do. Oat or soy yogurt are nut-free and have the most mild taste, but any nut-based vegan yogurt, including coconut yogurt, will work well in this recipe.

Can I make this sauce ahead of time?

Yes, you can make tzatziki sauce up to 3-4 days before serving.


πŸ’‘ Ideas for serving

  • As a dip for fresh vegetables, pita bread, or crackers
  • As a spread for sandwiches or wraps
  • As a topping for falafel, grilled vegetables, or baked potatoes
  • As a salad dressing with a drizzle of olive oil or even a dollop of hummus

🧊 How to store and reheat

  1. Refrigerator storage: Store leftover tzatziki sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  2. Freezer storage: I don’t recommend freezing this sauce as the yogurt will separate after thawing.
a close up photo of plant-based tzatziki sauce in a white bowl

πŸ‘‰ More plant-based sauce recipes

Want more vegan sauce recipes? Try Vegan Avocado Crema Sauce or Vegan Green Goddess Avocado Dip.

a white bowl with vegan tzatziki sauce on a table with fresh dill and lemons

Vegan Tzatziki Sauce

Kristina Todini, RDN
Vegan Tzatziki sauce, a dairy-free and vegan-friendly version of the classic Greek sauce made with plant-based yogurt, fresh dill, lemon, garlic, and spices.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Sauces, Dressings + Dips
Cuisine Gluten Free, Greek-Inspired, Vegan
Servings 6 servings
Calories 42 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 box grater or hand grater
  • 1 mixing bowl

Ingredients
  

  • ½ large cucumber
  • 1 cup vegan yogurt unsweetened
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh dill chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Grate cucumber: Grate ½ large cucumber using a box or hand grater. After grating, drain excess water from cucumber by either squeezing the cucumber by hand, in a cheese cloth, or pressing into a strainer.
  • Mix ingredients with yogurt: To a medium bowl, add grated cucumber, 1 cup vegan yogurt, 2 cloves garlic (minced), 3 tablespoons fresh dill (chopped), 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and a generous 1 pinch salt and pepper. Use a spoon to mix all ingredients until well combined.
  • Garnish and serve: To serve, add tzatziki sauce to a bowl and drizzle with 2 teaspoons olive oil. Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh dill. Serve as a dip, as a topping for pita or wraps, or even add a few dollops to a salad to double as salad dressing.

Notes

Vegan yogurt recommendations: Any unsweetened vegan yogurt will do. I like an oat yogurt or soy yogurt, as they are nut-free and have the most mild taste. But any nut-based vegan yogurt, including coconut yogurt, will work well in this recipe.
Prep ahead: Make tzatziki sauce up to 3-4 days before serving.
Leftovers and storage: Store leftover tzatziki sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Do not freeze.
Nutrition notes: Nutrition information is an estimate using all listed ingredients. This recipe uses all plant-based ingredients and is gluten free.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 42kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 9mgPotassium: 40mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 32IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 0.1mg
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