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Tarator – Bulgarian Cold Cucumber Soup

Tarator ingredientsTarator is a traditional Bulgarian soup. Well, almost a soup… This is a no-cook refreshing summer dish that’s liquid but cold and sharp – not the typical thing when thinking of soup. To Bulgarians Tarator is what Gazpacho is to Spanish, or Vichyssoise is to French – a superb summer first course that refreshes while it stimulates the palate. It’s easy and fast to make, while healthy and very low calorie.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4


One large or two smaller cucumbers, peeled and finely chopped
1 garlic clove, pressed
4 cups plain yoghurt (around 500 ml)
1 cup of water (around 250 ml)
½ bunch of fresh dill, finely chopped
3 tablespoons of crushed walnuts
30 ml of sunflower oil (or olive oil)


After you made your preparations, e.g. peeled and chopped the cucumber, pressed the garlic clove, chopped the dill and crushed the walnut kernels, it’s time to assemble the soup.

In a large bowl dilute the yoghurt with water and start adding the rest of the ingredients. Add the cucumbers, oil, dill and walnuts and stir well. Salt to the taste and stir well and put in the fridge to cool for half an hour.

Tarator-Bulgarian cold cucumber soup

Serving suggestions:

As well as serving Tarator in soup bowls you may serve Tarator in large glasses “on the rocks”, which will be a very refreshing and appetizing way to start a meal on a hot summer’s day.

2 comments to Tarator – Bulgarian Cold Cucumber Soup

  • Amazing Chaos | Bulgaria – The Land of Lions

    […] SupaStar is a small restaurant offering 6 different soups every day (among a hundred of different soup recipes they have from around the world). Soups are made with high quality ingredients. Some eaten warm, some eaten cold. The place is great if you want to have a healthy lunch that doesn’t make you sleepy during the day.One of the most famous Bulgarian soups is eaten cold. It is amazing during these hot summer days. Tarator – soup made of fresh yogurt, water, minced cucumber, dill, garlic (pinch of), sunflower or olive oil and walnuts (optional). Try to make it at home, the recipe is quite simple: Tarator soup recipe  […]

  • Made & Making: July 2015 | By Singing Light

    […] Tarator (Bulgarian cucumber-yogurt soup): This is really a perfect summer-time soup. I didn’t have dill and left out the walnuts, but it was delicious and a great fast, cool meal. […]

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