Bulgarian Cucumber and Yogurt Soup with Walnuts

Bulgarian Cucumber and Yogurt Soup with Walnuts

Time: 15 minutes plus chilling time.  Yield: 4 servings

1-2 cloves garlic
2 cups plain yogurt
1 medium cucumber, peeled and seeded
1/3–1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried dill or 1 Tbs. fresh, finely chopped
2 Tbs. olive oil
1/2 cup cold water

Finely mince the garlic and stir into the yogurt. Cut the cucumber into 1/4-inch dice and add to the yogurt. Add walnuts, salt, and dill, and stir until thoroughly combined. Add the olive oil 1 Tbs. at a time, stirring until well blended. Finally, stir in the cold water.

Refrigerate at least one hour, until thoroughly chilled and flavors have blended. Serve in chilled bowls.

Note: You may want to reserve a tablespoon or so of nuts to use as garnish when serving the soup, and you can sprinkle a little extra dill on top, too.