Creamy Vegan Tzatziki – Connoisseurus Veg

This vegan tzatziki sauce is rich, creamy and full of flavor! Easy to make from just a few ingredients, and perfect for everything from dipping veggies to slathering on sandwiches.

Wooden board set with bowl of Vegan Tzatziki, pita wedges and vegetable slices.

Well this was bound to happen! I’ve shared roughly a ton of vegan Greek recipes (among others) with a suggestion to serve the dish with some vegan tzatziki sauce. But where does one get such a thing, anyway? My supermarkets are pretty well stocked with vegan products these days, but I’ve yet to find a dairy-free tzatziki.

So I decided to make my own!

The good news is that this stuff was really easy to whip up, and it tasted just like the traditional tzatziki I remember enjoying.

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Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Raw cashews. We’re using some cashew cream to add richness to the vegan yogurt base for this tzatziki. It’s important that your cashews are raw and not roasted in order for your sauce to have the right flavor and texture.
  • Water.
  • Garlic.
  • Vegan yogurt. Use a variety that’s unflavored and unsweetened. Aside from that, it’s not really important what kind of yogurt you use. I used Silk Almondmilk yogurt, simply because that’s what I had in the fridge.
  • Cucumber.
  • Lemon juice. Freshly squeezed juice is essential for flavor!
  • Fresh dill.
  • Salt & pepper.
  • Olive oil. This is totally optional, but I like to drizzle a bit over my tzatziki before serving.

Tip: Some tzatziki recipes include additional herbs and spices, such as fresh mint, parsley, or ground cumin. Feel free to include any or all of these if you’d like.

How It’s Made

The following is a detailed photo tutorial on how to make this dish. Scroll all the way down if you’d like to skip right to the recipe!

  • Soak your cashews by placing them in a container and covering them with water. Let them sit for 4 to 8 hours to soften, then drain and rinse them.
  • Place your soaked cashews, yogurt, water and garlic into a blender or the bowl of a food processor fitted with an s-blade.
  • Blend the ingredients until smooth.

Tip: Blended cashew recipes always come out smoothest with a high-powered blending device. If you don’t have one, you can try first blending everything but the yogurt. You’ll get a thick paste. Then add in the yogurt and blend again.

Blended cashews, garlic, and water in a blender.
  • Transfer your cashew-yogurt mixture to a bowl and stir in diced cucumber, lemon juice, chopped dill and salt.
  • Taste-test your vegan tzatziki, add some black pepper and make any adjustments you’d like in order to suit your taste. This could mean adding more dill, more lemon juice, or more salt!
Hand stirring Vegan Tzatziki ingredients together in a glass bowl.
  • Your tzatziki is ready to go. Drizzle it with some olive oil if you’d like. Enjoy!
Hand dipping a pita wedge into a bowl of Vegan Tzatziki.

Leftovers & Storage

Leftover vegan tzatziki will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 4 days. It may separate a bit during storage. Simply stir it back up if this happens!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this recipe gluten-free?

It sure is!

Is there a substitute for the cashews?

Raw sunflower seeds or macadamia nuts usually work as a cashew substitute, though I haven’t tried either in this recipe. Your other option is to replace the cashews and water with an extra ⅔ cup of additional vegan yogurt. Mince the garlic and stir it in with the other ingredients rather than blending it.

How is vegan tzatziki served?

Tzatziki is traditionally an accompaniment for Greek or Mediterranean dishes. Try it as a dipping sauce for baked falafel, slathered in some vegan shawarma or gyros. It also makes a great dipping sauce for veggies or pita, as you can see in the photos. But feel free to use it however you like! It can be anything from a salad dressing to a burger sauce!

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Bowl of Vegan Tzatziki surrounded by pita wedges and sliced vegetables.

Creamy Vegan Tzatziki

This vegan tzatziki sauce is rich, creamy and full of flavor! Easy to make from just a few ingredients, and perfect for everything from dipping veggies to slathering on sandwiches.

Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes


  • ½
    raw cashews,
    soaked in water 4-8 hours, drained and rinsed
  • ½
  • 2
    garlic cloves
  • 1
    (5.3 ounce or 150 gram) container
    unflavored and unsweetened vegan yogurt
  • ½
    medium cucumber,
    seeded and finely diced
  • 2
    lemon juice
  • ¼
    chopped fresh dill
  • ½
    plus more to taste
  • Black pepper,
    to taste
  • Olive oil,
    for drizzling (optional)


  1. Place the cashews, water, garlic, and yogurt into a blender or the bowl of a food processor fitted with an s-blade. (Note 1)

  2. Blend everything until smooth.

  3. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl and stir in the cucumber, lemon, dill, and ½ teaspoon of salt.

  4. Taste-test the mixture and adjust any seasonings to suit your taste. Season the mixture with black pepper to taste.

  5. Optionally, drizzle your tzatziki with some olive oil before serving.

  6. Serve immediately or chill for later.

Recipe Notes

  1. If your blending device isn’t high-powered (like a Vitamix or BlendTec, for example), try blending the cashews, water, and garlic first, to a paste, then blending in the yogurt.
  2. Recipe makes about 1 ½ cups of vegan tzatziki.
  3. Nutritional information does not include olive oil.

Nutrition Facts

Creamy Vegan Tzatziki

Amount Per Serving (0.25 cups (⅙ of recipe))

Calories 102
Calories from Fat 55

% Daily Value*

Fat 6.1g9%

Saturated Fat 1.2g6%

Sodium 207mg9%

Potassium 178mg5%

Carbohydrates 9.9g3%

Fiber 0.9g4%

Sugar 3.1g3%

Protein 3.4g7%

Calcium 114mg11%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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