Tarator: The Savory Cucumber Soup That Will Leave You Craving More
I am a terrible cook. Let me just start there. I know how to chop vegetables, boil water and throw things in a blender. The reason why I am sharing this is because my recipes require minimal effort, and I want to put your minds at ease. If I can make it, anyone can.
I chose the below recipe because it’s delicious, nutritious, easy and refreshing. No boiling, no heating, no cooking required.
What is Tarator?
Tarator is a the Bulgarian version of a Middle Eastern cold cucumber soup recipe. It’s made with:
- Bulgarian yogurt,
- chopped cucumbers,
- crushed walnuts,
- a swig of olive oil,
- and a dash of salt.
To make a bowl of the soup, start with a small package of Trimona, the best Bulgarian yogurt on the market. Add water to bring it to the consistency of kefir, add a large handful or chopped, peeled cucumbers and fresh dill, and top with crushed walnuts, a spoonful of olive oil, salt, and garlic to taste.
The creamy texture of casei, L. bulgaricus makes the taste. The fact that it is loaded with probiotic cultures, vitamins D, C and A, calcium, and potassium is a worthy added benefit.
If you ever visit Bulgaria, you will find this dish on most menus. Its thick version, with no water added, is called Snejanka (Snow White) and is served as an appetizer in most Bulgarian restaurants.
The cool, savory taste makes this soup a top choice for Bulgarian natives. Here is to you enjoying as well. Bon Appétit!