Authentic Tarator recipe (Bulgarian Tarator)

Tarator is delicious and easy to make, perfect for summer.

This authentic tarator recipe also called Bulgarian Tarator is a popular summer cold cucumber soup in Bulgaria that is flavorful and refreshing and, it can be served as an appetizer or side dish. Everyone who tried this soup will fall in love especially in the summer.

This no-cook light and completely refreshing, cucumber soup can make a great side dish for the hot summer days. It is easy to make and it can be ready in less than 15 mins. Bulgarians like to have a rakia or beer with it.

Tarator is better with Bulgarian yogurt. You can enjoy not just the Bulgarian yogurt health benefits but also fresh cucumber includes benefits such as healthy weight management, detoxifying the body, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, enhancing the skin, supporting eye health and more.

Garlic and walnuts also bring a lot of health benefits making this cold cucumber soup a great healthy choice including a prebiotic that is beneficial for the bacteria in the gut and also for the positive mood and immunity.

How is Bulgarian Yogurt Different?

Bulgarian yogurt is a mildly sour-tasting yogurt, and it is the best and the healthiest of all dairy products that are available to consumers these days. In Bulgaria, it’s called sour milk, while the world calls it Bulgarian yogurt.

Greek yogurt has a thick, rich, and creamy texture and most brands add sweetener but traditional Greek yogurt is used in Greek does not contain added sugar. 

Not as thick as Greek yogurt, Bulgarian yogurt, in contrast, is also creamy in taste and contains the Bulgaricus strand of live culture which originated in Bulgaria. The Bulgaricus strand combined with Bifidum, Acidophilous, and Thermophilous is the most beneficial in supporting people’s health. 

If you can not find Bulgarian yogurt you can try to make your own yogurt with a Bulgarian yogurt starter you can buy online.

Authentic Tarator recipe

This cold and refreshing cucumber soup is a great choice for the hot summer.
Servings 4
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Large bowl


  • 1½  lb Bulgarian yogurt
  • 1 large cucumber  (peeled and deseeded)
  • 3 oz walnuts (finely chopped or grounded)
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 bunch dill (finely chopped)
  • salt
  • black pepper


  • Peel the cucumbers and cut into small cubes.
  • Add the yogurt to a large bowl and stir until it is smooth. Then add the cucumbers and continue stirring.
  • Pour in half a liter of cold water to the bowl and stir again.
  • Add the oil, garlic, half of the walnuts, half of the dill, black pper and. stir
  • Then sprinkle on top ground walnuts and finely chopped dill. Season with a little sunflower oil.
  •  Serve cold.


You can adjust the desired consistency by adding more or less water.
Contains walnuts, which can cause allergic reactions to some people.
Contains yogurt, which can cause allergic reactions to some people.
Cost: 3
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Bulgarian
Keyword: Cold, Quick & Easy

Nutritional information should be considered an estimate only; please always consult with a nutritionist, a registered dietician, or your physician for any specific health-related questions. 

It is always better for your health to use clean ingredients if possible organic – with no pesticides, antibiotics and hormones.

Authentic Tarator recipe FAQ’s

How do you serve tarator?

The Authentic Tarator recipe is served always cold. This is an easy vegetable soup that can be served as a cold soup, a side dish with some crunchy bread.

Do you have to peel the cucumber?

It is a person’s choice. You can peel it or you do not have to. It is always better to use organic produce with no pesticides than you can really enjoy all the benefits of the cucumber’s skin. If your cucumber is not organic I suggest peeling it since the skin we’ll contain a lot of pesticides.

Can you make a tarator ahead of time?

You to make it at least 30 minutes before you plan to serve the Authentic Tarator recipe to tasty the fresh flavor.

How long can you keep the tarator soup in the fridge?

You can make the authentic tarator recipe cucumber-yogurt soup ahead of time and keep it for a few days in the fridge. Just remember before serving to give it a good stir.

How long can the tarator be left at room temperature?

According to the science at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F, the bacteria grow rapidly and because of that if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature prepared food should be discarded.

Is the tarator soup healthy?

This cucumber soup is a healthy choice due to the many health benefits and a great cooling dish for summer. 

Did you make this recipe?

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