Photo: Jennifer Davick; Prop Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Hands-on Time
35 Mins
Total Time
2 Hours 35 Mins
Makes 10 servings

2012 Side Dish Smackdown Winner: Best Pasta Salad

How to Make It

Step 1

Process first 7 ingredients in a food processor 30 seconds or until thoroughly blended. Transfer to a bowl, and cover and chill 1 to 24 hours.

Step 2

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water.

Step 3

Place cooled pasta in a large bowl. Stir in olives and next 3 ingredients until well blended. Add yogurt mixture, and stir just until well coated. Gently stir in feta cheese. Cover and chill 1 hour.

Ratings & Reviews

JustHaydee's Review

November 23, 2012
This is a fabulous dish. I have been using Tzatziki sauce as a base for many of my recipes for many years now. It perks up macaroni salad and my ultimate famous Philly style gyro steak sandwiches served on Tandoori naan bread is a definite mmmmmmm moment.

May 05, 2015
tahini has nothing to do with tzatzki. Tzatzki is a sauce or dip made of greek yogurt, dill and garlic. Your comment is completely irrelevant, misleading and UNHELPFULL

KKirby's Review

October 11, 2013
Loved the dish. It was tangy and garlicky. The 1st time I added rotisserie chicken so it would be a stand alone meal. I am taking it (as is) to a cookout this weekend and can't wait to share the "award winning" and creative side with other Greek food lovers! Mmmmm!

LynnAW08's Review

September 09, 2013
I think 3 cloves of garlic was too much or my garlic cloves were bigger than average. I will make this again with only 1 clove.

hlm916's Review

July 21, 2012
I haven't tried this recipe either, but had to add to the other review that tahini is never in tzatziki!!!!!

mmmbanya12135's Review

August 26, 2012
NOTE: Review based on recipe made as is. WAY too tangy for my taste. Unless you love the bitter tangy taste of Greek yogurt, I would not recommend without changes. The changes I would make are: plain yogurt instead of Greek, and no feta cheese (husband preference). I imagine that with the plain yogurt, the garlic could become overpowering but I welcomed it with the Greek yogurt which has such a strong flavor. I was hoping to mask it with the garlic. I could barely taste the dill so I would add much more- maybe 1/4 cup. A work in progress!

Cynruthie's Review

May 28, 2014
The reason I tried this recipe is that we love all the ingredients. But, the amount of Feta cheese was overwhelming. We couldn't taste the garlic unfortunately and it needed a lot more cucumber for the amount of everything else. I will definitely try again with adjustments.

cjsmom's Review

October 02, 2012
This is a very good recipe. There is a good balance of flavors and the ingredients work well together. It includes traditional Greek ingredients such as Greek yogurt, garlic, feta cheese, and kalamata olives. If you don't like those things you probably won't like this recipe. Two of the reviewers have never made the recipe and one reviewer doesn't like the ingredients. If you have never made the recipe, your review is irrelevant. I would also dismiss a review by anyone who does not like the flavor of several main ingredients.

lionesscoop's Review

June 07, 2012
Awesome recipe. I added diced roast chicken and served this for dinner. This has the perfect combination of spices, not sure what the previous reviewers problem is, but greek food is typically heavy on the garlic...that's why it is so good.

Beate06's Review

May 30, 2012