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Cold Cucumber and Yogurt Soup

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Bulgarian cucumber and yogurt soup (Tarator Soup) is a refreshing and cooling dish. It is simple to make and does not require turning on the oven or stove.

Picture this, it is a sweltering hot day and the last thing you want to do is turn on the stove or oven in order to cook something. Forget that, the last thing you want to eat is something hot. Ding Ding Ding- Ice cream for dinner! While I am not above ice cream for dinner, if you are looking for something a little more nutritious try out my cold cucumber and yogurt soup. 

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For those who don’t know, I actually lived in Bulgaria as a child. The cuisine was focused on fresh and simple ingredients and creamy textures. This soup reminded me of an Indian Raita and became one of my favorite Bulgarian dishes to eat. It is a nostalgic dish that reminds me of the wonderful time I had living in Sofia and the wonderful friends I made.

I love the balance of the creamy yogurt against the refreshing cucumber which plays well against the sharpness from the garlic and brightness from the dill. It really is a delicious, well-balanced, filling, and low-calorie meal.

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How to make Bulgarian cucumber and yogurt soup:

This cold cucumber soup is made with yogurt, dill, and garlic. It requires no stove or oven. Simply grate the cucumber, chop the dill and mince the garlic mix in a large bowl with Greek yogurt and water.  To elevate, drizzle a little chili oil at the end for a little heat, however, you can use a good quality olive oil as well. Serve chilled. Perfect for a hot summer day. 

Health Benefits:

Greek yogurt is a strained yogurt that is thicker and has lower calories, lower sodium, and higher protein. Known to aid in weight loss, promoting feminine health, keeping the intestinal system healthy, regulating blood pressure, increasing bone density, boosting immunity, aiding the digestive system, and promoting thyroid function

Cucumber has high water content and low calories. It is high in nutrients and known to contain anti-oxidants, promote hydration, and aide in weight loss.

Dill aids in digestion, calm an upset stomach, reduce acid reflux, prevent diarrhea, and even promote milk production for nursing mothers.

Garlic assists in strengthening your immune system by providing antioxidants and maintaining healthy blood circulation. It helps fight colds, coughs, and even lowers blood pressure.

Olive Oil with its low smoke point is the ideal fat for cold dishes. This allows your body to absorb all the health benefits associated with olive oil.

Cold Cucumber Yogurt Soup in a bowl with the bowl cut in half

Other Dill Recipes:

I love dill but hate when it goes bad in the fridge. For more delicious recipes which use dill, check out my: Salmon with Dill and Jalapeno; Dill Daal with Garlic Tadka; and, Creamy Dill Potato Salad.

Reasons to make Bulgarian Cucumber and Yogurt Soup:

Simple to Make– the soup is made in less than 10 minutes. Simply grate the cucumber, chop the dill and mince garlic. Mix together with yogurt and water and finish with a little oil.

Healthy– This cold and refreshing meal is made with simple and healthy Mediterranean ingredients for a great delicious and low-calorie meal.

Perfect for Summer– this dish does not require an oven or a stove making it the perfect refreshing dish for a hot summer day. It is low in calories but packed with flavor and a great way to stay hydrated.

Reduce Waste– this is a simple and easy way to use up some of the leftover dill you have in your fridge.

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Cold Cucumber and Yogurt Soup

  • Author: hungrygirlinqueens
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Bulgarian

Description

Bulgarian cucumber and yogurt soup (Tarator Soup) is a refreshing and cooling dish. It is simple to make and does not require turning on the oven or stove.


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Ingredients

  1.  1/2 large English cucumber, peeled and grated
  2. 3 garlic clove, minced
  3. 1 tsp salt
  4. 1 Tbsp olive oil or chili oil
  5. 2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
  6.  2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  7. 1 cup cold water


Instructions

  1. Peel and grate half a cucumber
  2. Chop the dill and mince the garlic
  3. Add to a bowl with Greek yogurt and water and mix
  4. Pour soup into a serving bowl and finish with a drizzle of olive oil

Keywords: summer, soup, yogurt, dill

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  1. fantastic.. great re cipe . easy to follow instructions

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