Dishing Up the Dirt

chilled cucumber soup with farm fresh herbs


What a day….We are all feeling  a little bit like this right now.


I’m at a loss for words. Too much sun, too many weeds, and not to mention some irrigation problems will do that to a girl. Instead of chatting about our day at the farm I’m going to leave you all with this lovely chilled cucumber soup recipe.


Taylor and I went out on a formal date last Thursday to one of our favorite local restaurants here in Hood River (Nora’s Table). I ordered the chilled cucumber soup and LOVED it. This was my attempt at recreating my new favorite dish. If you are experiencing extreme heat like we are this is the perfect soup to cool you down. Grab a spoon, pour some wine and call it a night!


We enjoyed this tasty little number with some farm fresh salad as well. It was the perfect way to end and extremely hot day on the farm. Enjoy!

Chilled Cucumber Soup With Farm Fresh Herbs

Prep Time: 25 mins    Cook Time: 0 mins.    Serves: 2-4

  • 2 large slicing cucumbers, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups plain greek yogurt
  • 3 1/2 TBS fresh lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup dill, stems removed and diced
  • 1/4 cup parsley, thick stems removed and diced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a small handful of ice cubes


  1. In a blender combine cucumber, yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, dill, parsley, ice cubes and olive oil. Blend until smooth.
  2. Keep soup chilled until ready to serve. If you use ice cubes it should be ready to eat right away.
  3. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes.


Use this recipe as a guide. Always taste test as you go. Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary.

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29 thoughts on “chilled cucumber soup with farm fresh herbs

  1. Ivelina says:

    Wow, that is a very fancy version of the traditional cucumber soup called tarator! It is a typical Bulgarian cold soup and I guarantee you that the original version tastes just as good 🙂
    Mince 3 garlic gloves with salt, add 1 cucumber finely chopped to cubes, add few drops of olive oil, pour 1 cup of Greek or Bulgarian yogurt, fill the cup with water and stir it it into the mixture. You can finish with fresh dill and/or grounded walnuts.

    Let me know what you think!

    1. Andrea says:

      Sounds SO good! I’m definitely going to give this a try!

    2. Renee Hoag says:

      I loved this soup, my Husband ate 1/2 bowl. I said” you are not enjoying the soup?” “no” so it will become a girl soup I serve to my girlfriends on a warm summers day.

    3. Sara says:

      I used some seeded lemon cucumbers from my daughter’s garden and kept the rest of the recipe as is. Delicious taste and aroma!
      Love your blog.

      1. Andrea says:

        So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for following along on the blog!

  2. Ashley says:

    made this for my family over the weekend, we all loved it. And Nora’s Table is one of my absolute favorites!

    1. Andrea says:

      So glad you all enjoyed it!!!

  3. mush says:

    That looks FANTASTIC. So tired of this heatwave — at least it’s a bit cooler today!

    1. Andrea says:

      totally enjoying the breeze these past few days!!!

  4. This is just stunning — like a work of art! So glad to have discovered your blog, and I love the name!

    1. Andrea says:

      Thank you so much!

  5. Andrea says:

    Fresh dill turned up at my local market and had to make this! It was so simple and delicious – thank you!

    1. Andrea says:

      So happy you tried this and enjoyed it! It has become a weeknight staple dinner for us!

  6. holly says:

    I made this days ago the first time… now i am so addicted. It’s the perfect summer refresher! Even my boyfriend is in love with this soup and for him is a meal without meat no meal. 🙂

  7. Stephanie says:

    I wonder how this would taste with sour cream? My boyfriend loves cucumbers and sour cream together. I’ve never had cucumber soup so I’m not sure if substituting sour cream for the yogurt would alter the taste too much?

  8. pamijomom says:

    Did you peel the cucumbers? I’m thinking of making it for our annual mother’s day dinner. You know, the holiday where we celebrate all that mothers do for everybody by making them cook a huge dinner! 🙂

    1. Andrea says:

      I didn’t peel the cucumbers first but feel free to do so if you want a milder taste! Happy mothers day!!!

  9. Jess Blake says:

    Thank you for this recipe! It was a perfect remedy to the first hot and sultry week in NYC! I had already prepped some beet puree from your coconut beet smoothie recipe, so I added a dollop of the puree in the center of the soup and topped it with crumbled goat cheese! Delicious!

  10. MC says:


    Can I make this a couple of days in advance?

    I think so, but just checking.

    1. Marilyn Reid says:

      Can you make soup a few days ahead?

      1. Andrea says:


  11. Amy Tinsky says:

    Found your recipe while searching for a cold cucumber soup. It’s the best b/c it’s simple and tasty. I had ingredients from my garden to use so had garden cucumber, dill, parsley and ended up buying non greek yogurt which made it runnier but still soup worthy and I ended up loving it so much I was drinking it in a large glass at the end. lol. Thanks for the simple healthy recipe. Oh and I opted out of the red pepper flakes b/c i can’t do spicy but I think maybe overdid it on the dill so it was super pungent with the dill, garlic and lemon. VERY yummy. and now I’m addicted to it. Good thing my cucumber plant is going strong! THANKS!

  12. Roger Brown says:

    Quick question:
    Did you seed the cucumbers? Thanks!

    1. Andrea says:

      nope! But you can seed it if you prefer.

  13. Génesis R. says:

    Hi! My husband and I live in Venezuela, a tropical south-american country (so it’s very hot here almost everyday), and I found this recipe while looking for new and fresh ideas for lunch, and this soup totally made it! My husband loved it (even when he disliked the idea of a cold soup), and I loved it too, so it’s a win-win situation. All I have to say is that I am now a fan of your blog and I look forward to try more recipes. Love, G.

  14. My Boyfriend Wants Space How Long Should I Wait says:

    Awesome blog! I like it a lot! Thanks and keep up the great work!

  15. Alicia says:

    I appreciate your sharing this, but unfortunately, it was absolutely awful. I was hoping for something mild, thick, creamy and cucumber-y, but this was thin, sour and tasted like we were eating liquified dill — and I didn’t even use the full amount in this recipe. I’m also coming to the realization that I hate plain yogurt (and I got good quality Greek yogurt from Whole Foods, too) and there’s pretty much nothing anyone can do to disguise that terrible, bland, slightly rancid taste.

    I wish I could have reported back something positive, and I am thankful for the share, but I thought I should comment in case others were looking for the same thing I was.

    1. Andrea says:

      you seem to be in the minority here as this is a very popular recipe on the blog and one we’ve been making for years. Sorry it didn’t turn out for you. Sounds like your yogurt was rancid which may have been a factor. Hopefully you can find something else that will suit you and your family a bit better. Happy cooking.

  16. Dobromir says:

    This is a Bulgarian traditional soup. The name is “Tarator” .

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