Lactose-free tzatziki

Lactose-free tzatziki

15 min
This creamy and refreshing Greek dip is perfect for all the tzatziki lovers out there who prefer a lactose-free option. With its zesty flavours and cool cucumber goodness, this homemade lactose-free tzatziki recipe will take your taste buds on a Mediterranean adventure. Whether you are dipping, topping, or spreading it on sandwiches, this recipe is sure to become your new favourite go-to.


  • Wash cucumbers, cut them in half lengthwise, and remove the seeds.
  • Finely grate cucumber and sprinkle with salt. Drain in a strainer for 30 minutes.
  • Mix lactose-free yogurt, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and dill in a blender or food processor and season with salt and pepper.
  • Blend at full speed for 1 minute. Add the drained cucumber.
  • Leave to rest for a while and serve chilled.

If you do not have a blender, you can still make tzatziki. Squeeze the garlic using a garlic press and chop the dill finely. Then, mix everything thoroughly. You will still end up with a creamy and flavourful dip.


Tzatziki tastes even better after it has chilled for a few hours or overnight as the flavours will meld together. It is good for a few days stored in the fridge – just give it a good stir before serving.

Questions about lactose-free tzatziki

New to the delicious Greek dip? No need to worry. With our simple lactose-free tzatziki recipe, you can whip up a batch in no time. Read all about it below.

What is tzatziki?
Tzatziki is a popular Greek sauce or dip commonly used in Mediterranean cuisine. It is made of yogurt, cucumber, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and herbs such as dill or mint. It is often served as a condiment or dip alongside dishes such as grilled meats, and falafel, or as a topping for pita bread or vegetables. It can also be used as a salad dressing or a spread for sandwiches and wraps.
What yogurt to use for lactose-free tzatziki?
The classic yogurt used in tzatziki is Greek yogurt. You will typically want a thicker yogurt to avoid it being too runny. Aside from Greek yogurt, you can use labneh, which is even thicker, or skyr. Both are tangy and creamy, making them great choices for the dip. You can also use regular plain yogurt, but this might be a bit too runny depending on your preferences.
Can you freeze lactose-free tzatziki?
Yes, you can freeze lactose-free tzatziki. But keep in mind that freezing might affect the texture as the cucumbers and yogurt may release water, resulting in a slightly watery consistency after thawing. Store the tzatziki in an airtight container or freezer-safe resealable bag, making sure it is truly airtight to maintain freshness and prevent freezer burn. To thaw, let it thaw slowly in the fridge overnight. Then, give it a gentle stir to mix any separated liquids or ingredients back together. This will make sure it is nice and smooth.


Lactose-free yogurt
500 g
Garlic cloves
Olive oil
1 tbsp
Lemon juice
1 tbsp
5 sprigs
1 tsp
½ tsp

Serve homemade lactose-free tzatziki

Cool, creamy, and refreshing – homemade tzatziki is a delightful and versatile condiment that can elevate any meal. It is creamy and smooth with a tangy kick, thanks to the lactose-free yogurt used as the base. Garlic gives it a bold and savoury punch, while the grated cucumber brings a cool and fresh element. It is a fantastic accompaniment to grilled meats like chicken, lamb, beef, or kebabs. You can also include it as part of a mezze platter or appetiser spread. Serve it alongside other dips like hummus and baba ghanoush to complement olives, feta cheese, and grilled pita wedges.

Perhaps you are also interested in our lactose-free yogurt dip or lactose-free artichoke dip with crispbread.

The same creaminess and crunch with no lactose

Everyone should be able to enjoy this tasty, refreshing dip. For this tzatziki recipe, lactose-free semi-skimmed yogurt is the star ingredient. Do not worry; you will not miss out on the creamy texture, satisfying crunch, and tangy flavour that make tzatziki so irresistible. The lactose-free yogurt provides the same lusciously smooth consistency, allowing you to experience the authentic essence of this classic Greek dip without any compromise.