This is an extremely popular summertime dish in Bulgaria. It serves as a replacement for salad or appetizers. It tastes similar to tzatziki, so it's a very bright-flavored, cooling, and refreshing dish!



Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Place cucumbers in a large bowl. Whisk yogurt in a separate bowl using a fork until yogurt is smooth and liquefied; pour over cucumbers. Add dill, garlic, oil, and salt to cucumber mixture; toss to coat. Stir in enough water to reach desired consistency. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 30 minutes.

  • Ladle soup into serving bowls; add about 2 ice cubes to each bowl.

Cook's Notes:

Balkan-style yogurt is best. Optionally, a few tablespoons of crushed walnuts or toasted almond slices may be added as a garnish or on the side.

Nutrition Facts

90.2 calories; 5.5 g protein; 10.2 g carbohydrates; 5.4 mg cholesterol; 67.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
You can add crushed walnuts on top:). Very tasty! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
You can add crushed walnuts on top:). Very tasty! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Making it the night before lets the flavors mingle longer and it frees up time! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I cut the garlic in half and it was still strong. My garlic was just too strong. I added more yogurt and water. It was very good. Very easy to make. We are serving it at a dinner BBQ on Sunday Read More