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Easy and refreshing, Tarator is the perfect soup for the hot summer days!
Prep Time15 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Bulgarian
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 large cucumber seedless
  • 2 cups / / 500 ml plain yogurt
  • 2 cups/ 500 ml cold water
  • 1 garlic clove finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil see notes
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh dill chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp walnuts ground or chopped (optional)
  • salt to taste


  • Peel the cucumbers (optionally) and chop them finely. Remove any seeds, if you find such.
  • In a large bowl combine yogurt and water. Mix very well with a fork or with a whisk to remove any lumps from the yogurt. Add oil and salt and mix again.
  • Add the cucumbers and the garlic to the yogurt mixture and stir.
  • Serve in bowls sprinkled with fresh dill and walnuts.


  • The quantity of the water is approximate and depends on how you like your soup - thinner or thicker. In case you use Greek yogurt, which is thicker than the Bulgarian, you may add some more water to achieve soup consistency.
  • You can also use sunflower oil (most common in Bulgaria) or other flavourless vegetable oil.
  • Some people like tarator with a lot of dill but it is acceptable to skip it if you don’t like this spice.