Are you looking for fresh salad ideas? This Shopska salad is simple to make and will be the star of your dinner or garden party! Because... nothing says summer more than a salad, barbecue and a can of open beer, am I right?
Shopska salad comes from Bulgaria, where it's so popular it has become a national dish. It has got a great reputation all over the Balkan area, with a few nations claiming it's 'theirs'. And I'm not surprised!
It's refreshing, crunchy and so tasty!
Make sure you order some next time you're in Bulgaria!
But before you take off, you can also try it at home.
This is my version of the salad. It's beautiful, easy and delicious and it goes well with grilled meat and fish.
As always, let me know in the comments if you are going to try it!
- 2 peppers
- 4 tomatoes
- 1 cucumber
- ½ onion
- 100 g low-fat feta or Greek-style salad cheese
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
- handful fresh parsley for serving
- Wash and prepare the vegetables: Cut the tomatoes into halves, then cut each half into three wedges, eventually cut those in half as well (so you get either ⅙ or 1/12). Remove the seeds from the peppers. Cut the peppers in halves and remove the inner membranes. Slice the peppers and then cut the slices in halves or thirds, depending on their size. Cut the cucumber into halves (on the long side), separate those two halves, lay flat and again cut into halves. Then chop it up across, so you get about inch-sized bites. Place the veggies into a large mixing bowl.
- Peel the onion, chop it finely and add to the bowl. Add oil and vinegar and toss thoroughly.
- Chop, grate or crumble the feta (salad) cheese over the veggies (don’t mix it for a better look). Decorate with chopped parsley and serve!