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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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Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Taratur - Taratur is a traditional Macedonian summer side dish prepared with yogurt, cucumbers, and garlic.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Macedonian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 106


  • 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


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 106 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 49mg2%
Potassium 302mg9%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 55IU1%
Vitamin C 3.9mg5%
Calcium 145mg15%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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6 Responses
  1. Sandra

    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

      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.

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