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Soups of the world – Recipes from around the globe & some creations of my own

Tarator – A traditional Bulgarian Cold Soup

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Hello foodies of the world! It’s a hot and sunny Sunday morning, and I’m thinking I might be going to the beach (for the first time this summer!) this afternoon, but not before I share with you another refreshing dish perfect to beat the heat!

Tarator is basically a cold cucumber and yogurt soup. It’s a very typical Bulgarian dish, also eaten all across the Balkans. As is seasoned with garlic and olive oil I thought that it would be similar to Tzatziki, but the addition of dill and walnuts really make its taste completely different and unique!

Apart from being delicious and refreshing, tarator is one of those easy to prepare yet gourmet dishes. It makes a great entrée as well as a light summer supper and is healthy!

Let’s try it?

Tarator - Bulgarian Cucumber and Yogurt Cold Soup

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and finally chopped into cubes (or grated)
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 4 cups (ca. 500 ml) natural/Greek yogurt (I used light Greek Yogurt, if you can get Bulgarian yogurt don’t hesitate!)
  • some water to dilute the mixture
  • salt to taste
  • fresh dill, chopped
  • a dash of olive oil
  • 3 tablespoonfuls of crushed walnuts (ideally with mortar and pestle)


  1. Put the cucumbers into a bowl and mix with the garlic.
  2. Add the yogurt and stir to combine.
  3. Slowly pour water until you get the desired consistency (optional).
  4. Season with salt, dill and olive oil, stir.
  5. Garnish with the crushed nuts.
  6. Serve chilly and enjoy!

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