Swiss Chard Tzatziki (Yogurt Dip)

Delicious tzatziki yogurt dip with Swiss chard, mint, olive oil, lemon, and garlic. Great with pita chips!

Swiss Chard Tzatziki
Elise Bauer

Do you like tzatziki? That wonderful Greek dip traditionally made with yogurt, olive oil, garlic and cucumbers?

It's one of my favorite dips, and perfect with pita bread or veggies.

This version is a slight departure from the traditional tzatziki. In this one we are swapping out the cucumbers for leafy green Swiss chard.

It's a great way to put leafy greens to work (could use beet greens or spinach as well), and it tastes great! (Can't stop eating great)

Swiss Chard Tzatziki
Elise Bauer

I've also added some fresh chopped mint, lemon juice and lemon zest. Enjoy!

Swiss Chard Tzatziki (Yogurt Dip)

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 4 servings


Tzatziki yogurt dip:

  • 3 to 4 large leaves Swiss chard, ribs removed

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Pita chips:

  • 3 (9-inch diameter) pita breads, cut like a pie into triangles

  • Olive oil, for drizzling on the pita bread


  1. Blanch and chop the chard:

    Bring a 1 or 2 quart saucepan, half filled with water, to a boil. Add the chard leaves. Cook until tender, about 3 minutes.

    While the chard is cooking, prepare a bowl with ice water for an ice bath. When the chard is cooked, remove it with a slotted spoon and put into the ice bath to stop the cooking.

    When the chard has cooled, remove it from the ice water and bunch it into a ball. Wrap it in a paper towel and squeeze hard to remove excess moisture.

    Chop up the chard.

  2. Combine tzatziki ingredients:

    Put the Greek yogurt, chopped chard, chopped mint, garlic, salt, olive oil, lemon zest and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Chill until ready to use (can make up to 3 days ahead).

  3. Toast the pita bread:

    Cut the pita bread into triangles and layout in one layer in a broiling pan (use a sturdy sheet pan or broiling pan, not a thin cookie sheet or your cookie sheet will warp).

    Drizzle olive oil on one side of the pita wedges. Use a pastry brush to spread the olive oil more evenly.

    Place under a broiler. Broil for 5 minutes or until the pita bread starts to toast. Remove and let cool for a minute.

  4. Serve:

    Drizzle the tzatziki with a little olive oil and serve with toasted pita wedges.

Recipe inspired by one in Martha Stewart Living Magazine.


Wikipedia on tzatziki

Swiss Chard Tzatziki
Elise Bauer
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
311 Calories
8g Fat
46g Carbs
14g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 311
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 635mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 9mg 47%
Calcium 157mg 12%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 424mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.