Chilled Cucumber Soup | Tarator

Serves 4

Is your air conditioner busted? No problem – you’ll be cool as a cucumber as you sip on chilled Bulgarian cucumber & yogurt soup (Tarator). Β Heck, take a bath in it. All that yogurt and cucumber has to be good for the skin. Right?

Although many people enjoy this soup with little pieces of cucumbers, I liked it extra vevelty smooth. If you would like the texture, reserve half a cucumber and thinly slice it. I’d do half moons, or even smaller.


2 small cucumbers, peeled, diced, salted & drained
3 cups Bulgarian yogurt
1 Tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2-3 cups ice water (optional)
dill for garnish


1. Place all ingredients (except water and dill), into a blender.

Removing the bitter skin of the cucumber makes the soup smooth and light.

Salt draws out any lingering bitterness in the flesh of the cucumber. Let the juices drain out for about 30 minutes. You can skip this step if your cucumber tastes sweet.

Here’s the best part of the whole recipe – the yogurt. Bulgarians know how to make yogurt! Loose, tangy and full of wonderful live active cultures. Yum. Ava’s been eating this for months.

Ok! Let’s assemble the soup.

It’s as easy as one…


A little garlic gives the soup depth of flavor and a bit of bite.


A splash of olive oil rounds out the flavors. Have I ever told you how much I love olive oil? I could drink olive oil for a living, if such a job existed. Just don’t tell my doctor.

With an optional Four! πŸ™‚

Although I added my water right away, I suggest pureeing the soup first. That way you can check the consistency and decide how thin (or thick) you want it.

How pretty. How delicate! The little sprinkle of dill on top just throws me over the edge.

This dainty soup should be at bridal and baby showers everywhere!

I can almost feel a cool breeze when I look at this photo, even though it was 101 today.

Actually, the car said 105 but I refuse to believe it.

It just can’t be true.

Grumble, grumble, grumble.

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  1. Megan says

    Oh my word. I can’t even believe how good this sounds. I always see the bulgarian yogurt at Akin’s but i haven’t tried it yet. is it anything like greek?

    • globaltable says

      No, Greek is thick, closer to sour cream. Bulgarian is thin and a tad more runny than regular yogurt. It is probably closest to what we might make for homemade yogurt. πŸ™‚

  2. kc192 says

    Delish! My cucumber plants are going absolutely nuts right now. Where in Tulsa do find bulgarian yogurt? Sounds like maybe Akins?

    • globaltable says

      Yes, and if they are out, I can always find it at Whole Foods. They have small and large containers πŸ™‚

  3. This sounds so delicious I wish it wasn’t so cold here in New Zealand right now! It’s seems a bit like a soup version of Indian raita, which I love. I’ll definitely bookmark this for summer πŸ™‚

    I’ve just found your lovely blog. It’s wonderful!

  4. Kim says

    This soup was so good and so easy to make. I didn’t bother with salting the cucumber and it was fine.

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