Classic Shopska Salata

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Author Notes: I first had this salad at the Hotel Sofia in Sofia, Bulgaria a long, long time ago when Bulgaria was under Communist rule and no one in the country could (or would) give an American change when purchasing any sort of item. You had to make sure that you carried around small bills and a lot of coin in order not to get stiffed. This salad, however, certainly made the trip worthwhile. Very simple with fresh ingredients, it's a staple in Bulgaria and surrounding regions. Similar to Horiatiki, it distinguishes itself with a shower of finely crumbled Bulgarian feta instead of slices or cubes.inpatskitchen

Makes about 4 side servings

  • 1 long, thin English cucumber
  • 1/2 of a large red onion
  • 1/2 of a large green bell pepper
  • 2 large, very ripe plum tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup finely crumbled Bulgarian feta cheese
  1. Half peel the cucumber by paring every 1/4 inch or so to create a striped pattern and then slice it into 1/2 inch rounds. Toss them into a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Chop the onion and bell pepper into a 1/2 inch dice and add them to the bowl.
  3. Seed the plum tomatoes and dice and add them to the bowl along with the olives and parsley.
  4. Whisk the oil and vinegar together and add it to the mix. Toss the vegetables untill they are coated with the dressing. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
  5. Now place the salad into an appropriate size serving bowl and shower the top with the feta. Chill before serving.
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Moi_1

about 1 year ago QueenSashy

QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.

Yay, the salad of my childhood!

Dscn3274

about 1 year ago inpatskitchen

It IS good isn't it?

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over 1 year ago anotherfoodieblogger

That looks like a delightfully fresh summer salad! And easy to make, my kind of dish.

Dscn3274

over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

My kind of dish too! We eat some variation of this year round..Thanks!!