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Tarator - Cold Cucumber Yogurt SOup

A Refreshing Light Summer Meal Option

Tarator is a cold soup made with yogurt and cucumbers. This Bulgarian dish is perfect for a light meal in the heat of summertime and would be delicious with a slice of crusty bread!


English cucumber Walnuts Olive oil Garlic Sea salt Greek Yogurt, plain Lemon juice Fresh dill Water


Add the finely diced cucumbers into a bowl along with all of the other ingredients except for the water. Stir to combine.


Drizzle the water into the bowl as you whisk. If you like a thinner soup, you can add another ¼ – ½ cup.


Spoon into bowls and garnish with extra walnuts, olive oil, and dill if desired.

About Tarator

Bulgarian yogurt is made with the Lactobacillus Bulgaricus and the Streptococcus thermophilus bacteria. These two strains of bacteria are what gives Bulgarian yogurt its classic taste, a taste that is identifiable as Bulgarian from yogurt enthusiasts around the world.

Bulgarian yogurt is creamy, but not as thick as Greek yogurt. It’s a bit more tart than regular yogurt because it is typically made with sheep’s milk, not cow’s milk.

Tarator v Tzatziki  There are three primary differences:  1. Tarator is made with cubed cucumbers while tzatziki sauce is made with shredded cucumbers. 2. Tarator is thinned with water into a soup-like consistency, where tzatziki stays thick. 3. Tarator is often topped with walnuts while tzatziki is not.

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