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This cold yogurt cucumber soup – Tarator is light, fresh and delicious. Perfect for summer. Healthy, easy to make and delicious.

Tarator - Bulgarian Cold Cucumber Yogurt Soup. Light, fit, healthy and refreshing. Made with dill, walnuts, diced cucumbers and garlic.
Cold Cucumber Yogurt Soup


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.

A bowl of chilled and energizing, fresh Bulgarian Cucumber yogurt soup- Tarator. Summer favorite. Served with bread and dill.


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.

How to make Tarator- Bulgarian cold cucumber yogurt soup for summer.
Cold Cucumber Yogurt Soup Tarator

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5 from 9 votes

Cold Yogurt Cucumber Soup - Tarator

By Lyubomira from CookingLSL
This cold yogurt cucumber soup - tarator is light, fresh and delicious. No cook, very easy and fast to make.
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 large English cucumber, (peeled and finely diced)
  • 1 garlic clove, , pressed
  • 1/2 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.


Calories: 163kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 328mg, Potassium: 265mg, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 70IU, Vitamin C: 2.6mg, Calcium: 125mg, Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Soups
Cuisine: bulgarian
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  1. I don’t get why some people don’t like a recipe like that! Looks so refreshing and light, beautiful and sophisticated! Always stick to the food you love Mira!

  2. Why would you be hesitant to share Bulgarian recipes? Are they any less than Spanish or Thai? Truly creative chiefs find a way to incorporate international food and market it well so their audience is impressed!

  3. Very good on a hot day in summertime Phoenix. I grated a large clove of garlic rather than pressed it, added a full teaspoon of salt (the cucumber needs the extra seasoning), a good shake of ground white pepper, and a little less than the full 2 cups of water, as I didn’t want it to be too thin. I also went to the specialty market for Bulgarian yoghurt but Greek would be adequate. It has that certain tanginess that compliments well with everything else. I also tried adding a little lemon juice to my bowl, which was OK but got lost in the tang from the yoghurt. A bit of Dijon mustard mixed in might be a nice twist, too. Serving this with some buttered rye bread and a forced meat sausage (like paté, braunschweiger, or even jellied sulze) would make an OUTSTANDING meal without having to heat up the kitchen during the summer. Thank you for providing the recipe! Also, be sure to allow time to chill adequately and let the flavours blend and do NOT skip the walnuts—they’re essential! (Although toasted chopped hazelnuts would be good, too.)

  4. I made this today using cucumber and dill from our local farmer’s market. I double the garlic and only used one cup water. So good. Wonderful for Memorial Day weekend