This cold yogurt cucumber soup – tarator is light, fresh and delicious.
You can probably tell by the name that this is another Eastern European recipe I’m sharing with you today. I’m always a little hesitant to share Bulgarian recipes on the blog, because I’m pretty sure some people will not like them.
But I kind of felt like this is a good one, especially now, when weather is warming up and most of us are trying to get in shape for summer. It is very light and refreshing, made with just a few ingredients, you most likely have on hand.
What I also like about this soup is that it is perfect for low calorie diet. It contains just a little bit of olive oil, which is optional, cucumbers have almost no calories and yogurt is a great source of calcium and probiotic. The fresh dill flavor it the perfect addition to this dish.
Tarator is traditional Bulgarian cold soup. Or, almost a soup!
It is basically a dish made with plain yogurt, fresh cucumbers, dill, garlic and water. It is a no cook soup, very simple to make. It is usually served as first course, but I also like it as a snack.
Some recipes call for chopped nuts, like walnuts. I personally prefer the soup without nuts. Plus a side note: – I’ve been very careful with walnuts lately, because of my dog. He got an allergy after consuming a piece of walnut, which he found on the floor. Anyway, nuts aren’t good for dogs… So I try to keep him away from the kitchen, when cooking with nuts or I simply skip them at times.
I also prefer to dice the cucumbers, but you might find recipes for grated cucumbers. I’m not a huge fan of grating vegetables, I feel like dishes with nicely chopped vegetables look more classy…
Some people might find it similar to Greek Tzatziki. Yeah, a lot of recipes from the region contain yogurt, cucumbers and dill, so you’ll definitely find a Greek version of this dish. Each place (region/country) has its own way of making it and of course their own name. Today I’m sharing my personal favorite way of making it. Feel free to add your own personal touch, if you get to try it.
This is not a strict recipe, so I hope no one gets upset, if for some reason I’m not making this dish the right way.
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- 1 large English cucumber (peeled and finely diced)
- 1 garlic clove, pressed
- ½ tsp salt (or more to taste)
- 2 Tbsp olive or sunflower oil (optional)
- 2-3 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
- 2 cups plain Greek yogurt (I use Greek yogurt, which is a lot easier to find in the US, than Bulgarian)
- 2 cups cold water
- 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts (optional, I prefer not to add them)
- In a large deep bowl combine cucumber, garlic, salt, oil and dill.
- Add yogurt and stir to combine. Dilute with cold water, mixing well, making sure there are no lumps from the yogurt. Add more salt if needed. Top with chopped walnuts (optional)
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, this way the soup is even more refreshing.