Bulgarian Salad (Shopska Salata)

Shopska Salata, also known as Bulgarian salad, is a Bulgarian cold salad popular throughout the Balkans and Southern Europe. This is Bulgaria’s most famous dish and their national salad. The ingredients used were allegedly chosen in part because they resemble the three colors of the Bulgarian flag, and thus would evoke a national sentiment. To take this seemingly simple salad to another level, track down a good Bulgarian feta cheese.

Shopska Salata – Bulgarian Chopped Salad

This is a great salad to serve in summer when the tomatoes are bursting and the cucumbers and bell peppers are their peak. For an extra kick, use balsamic vinegar and, if possible, sirene (Bulgarian feta cheese). Chop all the vegetables the same size.
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Course: Appetizer, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: Bulgaria, Eastern European
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: My Hungry Traveler

Equipment

  • Container with lid
  • Salad bowl

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Sunflower oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup Red wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp Sugar
  • ½ `tsp Salt and pepper, each
  • 2 cups Grape tomatoes, quartered or 4 regular, chopped
  • 3 large Red bell peppers, cored and chopped
  • 1 large Cucumber, diced
  • 1 small Red onion, chopped
  • 4 stalk Scallion, ¼-inch slices
  • cup Parsley, chopped
  • cups Bulgarian feta cheese (sirene) or Greek, crumbled

Instructions

  • Dressing – In a small container with a lid, add olive oil, vinegar, sugar, pepper, and salt. Cover and shake vigorously.
    Assemble – Add tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumber, red onion, and scallions. Pour in dressing and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
    Serve – Remove bowl from refrigerator and sprinkle feta cheese and parsley on top.

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