Tarator (Bulgarian Cold Cucumber Soup) is a traditional cold refreshing soup in Bulgarian cuisine, popular in the summer and prepared from yogurt, cucumber, dill and garlic. Similar dishes are known throughout Middle Eastern cuisine.


Tarator is a traditional refreshing cold Bulgarian soup made with yogurt, cucumber, garlic, walnut, dill, oil, and water. It can be served as a soup or is a soup or appetizer.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Bulgaria
Keyword: cucumber, yogurt
Servings: 4


  • lb Bulgarian yogurt
  • 1 lb cucumber  peeled
  • 3 oz walnuts , chopped and lightly toasted
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil or olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small bunch dill, finely chopped
  • pepper
  • salt


  • Beat the yogurt until it is smooth.
  • You can use a cutting board to finely chop garlic, cucumber, half of the walnuts, half of the dill. Then transfer them into a large bowl and mix with the yogurt and olive oil.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve cold or add some ice cubes and sprinkle the remaining walnuts and dill.

Inspiration and adaptation: tastybg.com, recipesbg.com, wikipedia.org

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