Cold Soup In The Summer – Healthy And Delicious Meal

During the summer, my family loves having soup to eat. It is a delicious meal, full with all those beneficial to your health vegetables and soup is very easy to eat usually (having in mind my little fussy eaters).

Today I am presenting one very easy to do recipe for the whole family – plain yoghurt cold soup. It is very traditional for the country I come from and it is called Tarator.

If you like tzatziki, then you would probably like this soup as well. It tastes a lot like tzatziki, but being a soup makes it really nice to have it together with your main dish, it adds liveliness and goes well almost with all of the summer meals you probably prepare anyway – recipes using courgettes, peppers, tomatoes, aubergines, etc.

I have had this cold soup since I was a very little child. In my family, preparing this soup during the summer is very traditional. My mum might not have prepared other soups in the warm months of the year, but there was always tarator – to help us freshen up in the heat.

I hope you like it too.

Tarator Tarator


  • 500gr plain yoghurt pot

  • 3-4 garlic gloves, cut very finely and

  • ½ cucumber, cut in small cubes

  • salt and dill

  • water


  1. In a pot put the garlic and cucumber, add salt and dill (as much as you would like, according to your taste) and mix well

You can add a little bit of oil (2-3 tbsp) and mix well with the cucumber, garlic and condiments

  1. Put the plain yoghurt and water – fill the yoghurt container with water and add it in portions until you reach your desired thickness (I add between one and two water-filled yoghurt containers)

My mum used to add chopped walnuts to this cold soup. They add not only texture, but taste lovely as well.

Keep the soup in the fridge at least for a few hours before serving, serve cold.

Have a cool summer and enjoy your meal times!

Have you had any other cold soups before? Do you like it or you think soups should be eaten warm?

Share with me your favourite summer soups recipes – hot and cold, just leave a comment below.


  1. Josh Ellery

    I can honestly say I’m not a fan of cold soup at all although I can imagine that some people do like it. What is your favourite particular kind of cold soup if you know of any other recipes? Garlic is really healthy and it is great for killing bad bacteria and keeping us fresh and healthy.

    I love that you’ve included really clean and whole foods in your recipe too, there are too many canned soups in the UK filled with preservatives!

    1. Ellie

      Thank you for your comments, Josh. I also am not a great fan of cold soups, even gazpacho (the traditional Spanish cold soup) I find it weird, even though I love tomato soup. But this yoghurt soup is traditional for my country and I think is very refreshing and yummy in the hot weather. Hope you give it a try.

      All the best.


  2. Sergio

    Hi Ellie. The idea of cold soup is indeed intriguing. In Italy we usually consider soup as a hot dish, to have during the cold periods. We are not even used to drink tomato, or gazpacho, for example, so you can imagine how a cold soup would be received by most people 🙂
    Anyway, I love tzatziki, and both garlic and yoghurt are very healthy, so your recipe looks very tempting.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Ellie

      Hi Sergio. I prefer soups hot, but during the summer it is so refreshing to have something cold.

      Try this soup this summer and let me know how you like it.

      Have a lovely weekend.

      All the best.


  3. Marlaine

    Mmmm… that sounds delicious! Looks pretty refreshing too. I’m not a fan of chunks of raw garlic in food though… would you think it would be ok to substitute garlic powder or to add roasted garlic instead?
    I’ve never served cold soup to my husband… I bet he’d give me a rather funny look if I tried it… he’d probably tell me it had gotten cold and walk it over to the microwave. It’d be pretty funny. Maybe I should try this some time! Maybe we’d have a laugh, but then also discover something new and fantastic! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    1. Ellie

      Haha, hi Marlaine. Yes, cold soup is not my favourite as well, but this one (Tarator) is more like a liquid tzatziki salad, like a side dish in a glass 🙂

      About garlic, I wouldn’t recommend roasted garlic in this dish, but you can try mixing the garlic powder with the cucumbers, before adding the plain yoghurt and water. I usually cut the garlic in very small chunks and crush them a little bit, with a pinch of salt, to tender.

      I know this soup might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is a very traditional recipe for where I come from and my family loves it. Hope you try it.

      All the best,


  4. Ryan

    I’ve never heard about cold soups before, I’ve always had them warm. I’ll give the cold soups a chance and try your recipe one of these days.
    But I’m a little skeptical about the yoghurt on this soup. This weekend I tried to make a sauce with yoghurt and it tasted a little bit sweet, though the yoghurt didn’t have any flavors and all the others ingredients weren’t sweet. Anyway, I’ll try your recipe and come back here to tell you if it worked.

    1. Ellie

      Hi Ryan. Cold soups are a little unusual, maybe the most famous cold soup is the Spanish gazpacho – cold tomato soup.

      Plain yoghurt has mild taste, but because it is made of milk it might taste sweeter than we expect. Just add as much salt as you like to make the soup according to your taste. I tried not using any salt (because of my kids), but this soup tastes bland without any seasoning.

      Even if you don’t like this cold soup, which I use as a side dish to cooked meals with vegetables, you would’ve tried something new.Thank you.

      All the best,



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