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Bulgarian Tarator - Cold Cucumber Soup

Rated as 4.83 out of 5 Stars

"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!"
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45 m servings 90
Original recipe yields 5 servings


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  1. 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.
  2. 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

Per Serving: 90 calories; 3.4 10.2 5.5 5 68 Full nutrition

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You can add crushed walnuts on top :). Very tasty!

Making it the night before lets the flavors mingle longer, and it frees up time!

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