Make Ahead

Classic Shopska Salata

July 24, 2013
5 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom. Food Stylist: Anna Billingskog. Prop Stylist: Brooke Deonarine.
  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Makes about 4 side servings
Author Notes

I first had this salad at the Hotel Sofia in Sofia, Bulgaria a long, long time ago. This salad 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

What You'll Need
  • 1 long, thin English cucumber
  • 1/2 large red onion
  • 1/2 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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Recipe by: inpatskitchen

I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining. My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!

4 Reviews

QueenSashy July 30, 2013
Yay, the salad of my childhood!
inpatskitchen July 31, 2013
It IS good isn't it?
That looks like a delightfully fresh summer salad! And easy to make, my kind of dish.
inpatskitchen July 25, 2013
My kind of dish too! We eat some variation of this year round..Thanks!!