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    Shopska salad is a traditional Bulgarian salad made with tomatoes, cucumbers, bell pepper, onion, olives, seasoned with extra virgin olive oil and salt.  It’s topped with finely grated feta cheese. Traditionally, we use white brine cheese called ‘sirene’ (the word in Bulgarian has nothing to do with sirens. haha :)) which is made of goat’s milk, sheep milk, and cow milk. It is very similar to Greek feta cheese which is very popular here in the States, that’s why I used feta cheese. The name of the salad comes from the region Shopluk which is an area roughly where Bulgaria, Serbia, and Macedonia meet.

    This Shopska salad is a wonderful side dish to your next BBQ. Serve it along side grilled chicken or steak. It is a super healthy salad that is also easy peasy to make. The ingredients are simple and it literally takes about 10 – 15 minutes to prepare. This salad serves 4-6 people depending on your appetites. 

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    How To Make Shopska Salad

    What you need

    3 tomatoes, diced

    1/2 long (European) cucumber, or 1 regular cucumber, thinly sliced and halved

    1 green bell pepper, diced

    1/4 cup olives, sliced

    1/2 of a large red onion, finely chopped

    1 cup Bulgarian feta cheese (sirene), thinly grated

    1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

    salt, to taste

    Preparation

    In a large bowl mix together tomatoes, cucumber, green bell peppers, red onion, and olives. Season with olive oil, and salt.

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    Sprinkle the feta cheese over the salad so that it’s nicely covered.

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    Serve immediately or chill before serving.  Hope you enjoy it!

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    Shopska Salad (Bulgarian Salad)

    Shopska salad is a Bulgarian salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, bell pepper, onion, olives, seasoned with olive oil and salt, and topped with grated feta cheese.
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Total Time 15 minutes
    Servings 6
    Calories 174kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    • 3 tomatoes, cubed
    • 1/2 long cucumber, or 1 regular cucumber, thinly sliced and halved, European
    • 1 green bell pepper, cubed
    • 1/4 cup black pitted olives, sliced
    • 1/2 of a large red onion, finely chopped
    • 1 cup Bulgarian feta cheese, thinly grated, sirene
    • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • salt, to taste

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • In a large bowl mix together tomatoes, cucumber, green bell peppers, red onion, and olives. Season with olive oil, and salt.
    • Sprinkle the feta cheese over the salad so that it's nicely covered.
    • Serve immediately or chill before serving.

    NUTRITION

    Nutrition Facts
    Shopska Salad (Bulgarian Salad)
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 174
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    Course Salad
    Cuisine Mediterranean
    Keyword 4th of July, Easy, Egg-Free, Gluten Free, Grain-Free, Healthy, Kid Friendly, Spring, Summer, Vegetarian

     

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    Comments

    Amanda Wren-Grimwood

    5 stars
    I love cheese in a salad and this sounds perfect with grilled meat!

    Sherri

    5 stars
    This is such a beautiful, colorful and flavorful salad! Love the grated feta cheese on top! This would be perfect to take for my lunch to work! 🙂

    Emily

    5 stars
    What a great looking salad! Can’t wait to try it.

    Allison

    5 stars
    This reminds me of a Greek salad, which is one of my faves. So tasty!

    Caroline

    5 stars
    I love the sound of all the crunch in this salad, and it would make a great potluck dish, as you say.

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