cool refreshing Bulgarian cucumber soup

Posted by on April 15, 2015 in recipes, soups | Comments Off on cool refreshing Bulgarian cucumber soup

bulgarian soup

After forty days of fasting from meat, it might be disappointing to see a vegetarian recipe, but this soup is soooo delicious.   We have a really wonderful friend from Bulgaria who brought this over for Pascha.  This is a great no cook soup – perfect for a warm sunny day.  The cucumbers and dill make it light and fresh, but then the walnuts add a richness to an already delicious soup.

One note – this recipe is made from a homemade yogurt, which has a soupier consistency, but really rich flavor.  If you buy store bought then stay away from greek yogurt, because it has had all the whey strained out – which is why it is so thick.  Look for Seven Stars plain yogurt and make sure you buy full fat…. harder to find, but better for you.

Bulgarian Cucumber Soup


  • 1 large fresh cucumber, shredded through a large holed grater
  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 2½ cups plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • approximately ⅓ cup water
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped


Place all ingredients (except water) into large bowl and stir well to incorporate.  Add water until you get desired consistency… like a thin pea soup.

Serve chilled.