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Taratur – Taratur is a traditional Macedonian summer side dish prepared with yogurt, cucumbers, and garlic.

Cucumber-Garlic Yogurt Sauce {Taratur} in a bowl with fresh herbs

Taratur is a summer side dish that is usually served with grilled meat. But for the reason that Orthodox Christmas Fast always starts right around Thanksgiving, it has become a tradition in my house to serve it for the last time of the year on Thanksgiving Day. It’s our last indulgence before the strict Fast.

Just as an FYI, during Fast we are on a complete Vegan diet for six weeks; six weeks before Christmas – 7th of January – (our Church still follows the Julian Calendar) and six weeks before Easter.

Taratur is similar to Tzatziki, but it is not the same. The variations are in the extra ingredients used in Taratur and in the thickness of the yogurt; the yogurt used for Tzatziki is as thick as a spread, whereas the yogurt for Taratur is a lot thinner because Taratur is meant to be eaten with a spoon.


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Taratur - Taratur is a traditional Macedonian summer side dish prepared with yogurt, cucumbers, and garlic.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, ground
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon mint leaves or a teaspoon of dried mint
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  • Chop up the cucumbers and try to absorb as much of the moisture as possible by drying off the cucumber pieces with a paper towel.
  • Place the cucumbers in a bowl.
  • Mince the garlic and add it to the cucumbers.
  • Sprinkle on the salt and mix it all together.
  • Pour in the yogurt. If the yogurt is not thick enough, you can use 1/2 cup of sour cream and 1/2 cup of yogurt - blend them well before you pour the yogurt over the cucumber mixture.
  • Mix it all well and top it with the ground walnuts.
  • Sprinkle on the olive oil and add the mint.
  • Chill before serving it in an individual cup-sized bowl.


Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 302mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 3.9mg | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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  1. Sandra says:

    As a child I was eating something similar.. only with butter milk, cucumbers and bit of salt. It is cold end refreshing. But will definitely try this too, and eat with “cevapi”! :)))

    1. Draga Sikanovski says:

      Me too! That’s what I remember. My Dad would make it for us. I grew up on Macedonian food…but haven’t had much of it in the last 40 years, but lately all I want to do is recreate some of those childhood dishes.

  2. Sandra says:

    This look wonderful! Really easy for making!

    1. Kate @ Diethood.com says:

      Have it with ‘cevapi’ and you’ll love it! 🙂

  3. Kate @ Diethood.com says:

    Hi Kenneth,
    You should make it asap! ‘Cause it’s that good. 🙂

  4. kenneth says:

    This is great! I will make this soon.