Delicious Zucchini Tzatziki Dip

This Zucchini Tzatziki is a fresh spin on the classic tzatziki found in almost every Mediterranean kitchen. Shredded zucchini is sautéed in fragrant garlic and herbs before being mixed with creamy yogurt and a squeeze of lemon juice—it’s the dish that complements any Mediterranean dinner.
Zucchini Tzatziki

Did you know that Tzatziki originated from the Ottoman Empire? Interesting, right? Today, you can find this dip all across Southeastern Europe and in the Middle East. So, with that said, there’s good reason, there’s also a Tzatziki dish made with zucchini too. More information about the origin of this dish is below.


It’s been raining a lot here in the Turkish mountains. My newly planted summer tomatoes are a little flooded. Hopefully, they will recover and I can eat juicy tomatoes all summer long.

By the way, it was Yuksel, my sister-in-law who first served this Zucchini Tzatziki. When She served it for supper one night, I really liked it. I made it for a few friends back home when I was living in Wisconsin, and it received a lot of positive and savory reviews.

Since then, it’s always been one of the mezes on the dinner table.

Ingredients to Make Zucchini Tzatziki

Ingredients to Make Zucchini Tzatziki

The zucchini serves as the dish’s foundation. It is totally optional to peel the zucchini. Make certain that you’re using full-fat yogurt. Trust me, it’s going to produce the most creamy mouthfeel. The garlic and zucchini are sautéed in olive oil. I used both fresh and dried herbs, such as dill and oregano. Finally, the acidic taste of the lemon juice just brings the meal back to life.

Instructions to Make Zucchini Tzatziki Dip

  1. Prepare the zucchini by grating it. Strain excess liquid through a paper towel or cheesecloth. To get the maximum liquid out, add salt to the shredded zucchini before giving it a squeeze.
  2. Heat up a nonstick skillet. Once heated, drizzle in olive oil and add the garlic. Sautee just until aromatic, about 10 seconds.
  3. Stir-fry. Add the zucchini to the garlic, add the dried mint and oregano, and season with salt and pepper. Stir-fry for 5-7 minutes, just until cooked.
  4. Combine ingredients. Transfer the cooked zucchini to a bowl to cool. once slightly cool, add the yogurt, lemon juice, and dill. Fold and mix to combine.
  5. Serve. Smear the Zucchini Tzatziki on a plate. Create dips with the back of a spoon. Drizzle olive oil in the dips, and garnish with fresh dill and lemon. Enjoy
yogurt, dill, and cooked zucchini in a bowl

Zucchini Tzatziki Food Paring

This dish is so delicious, it’s as good as taking a spoon and eating out of a bowl. If you’re not doing that, then here are a few food-paring suggestions.

Serve as a meze (side dish) to:

  • Kabobs.
  • Grilled chicken or fish.
  • Dip your chicken fingers in it.
  • Toss it in pasta.
  • Scoop it with warm pita bread.
  • Serve with crisp vegetables like cucumber, sweet bell peppers, or carrots.
Tzatziki Recipe

To Store

Any leftovers can be placed in a container with a lid and placed into the fridge for up to 3 days.

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Delicious Zucchini Tzatziki Dip

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Shredded zucchini is sautéed in fragrant garlic and herbs before being mixed with creamy yogurt and a squeeze of lemon juice—it’s the dish that complements any Mediterranean dinner.

Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 7 min Rest Time 30 min Total Time 42 mins Servings: 4



  1. Prepare the zucchini by grating it. Squeeze the excess fluids from the shredded zucchini using a paper towel or cheesecloth.  

  2. Bring a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Once heated, drizzle olive oil and add the chopped garlic. Sauté for about 10 seconds, or until fragrant.

  3. Add the grated zucchini, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 ground black pepper, dried mint, and oregano to the garlic. Stir-fry for 5-7 minutes, or until the zucchini is tender.

  4. Once cooked, add the seasoned zucchini mixture to a mixing bowl. Allow to cool slightly for 10 minutes. 

  5. Once cool, add the yogurt, lemon juice, fresh dill, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to the bowl. Mix and fold to combine.

  6. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil and sprigs of dill. Enjoy

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  1. Jessie says:

    I’m going to use up all my summer zucchini and make this recipe. Looks delicious!

  2. Andrea says:

    Wow! I never thought about using boring zucchinis this way. I will try this recipe soon.

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