Bulgarian Tomato Salad (Shopska Salata) Recipe

Bulgarian Shopska Salad
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  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings Bulgarian salad
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Shopska salata is a salad that originated in the Shopluk region of Bulgaria. It is said to have been invented in the 1960s as part of a tourist promotion by the socialist party to highlight local ingredients.

Today, it is common among the Balkan countries of Serbia, Macedonia, and others and has been proclaimed as a national dish of Bulgaria.

There are slight variations from family to family but the basic ingredients for this refreshing salad, served year-round, are the same -- tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, onion, red-wine vinaigrette and feta cheese which is known as sirene cheese in Bulgaria.

Since olive trees are not as plentiful ​in Bulgaria as they are elsewhere, sunflower oil is used in most cooking and salad dressings.

What You'll Need

  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 large cucumber, unpeeled and chopped
  • 4 green or red peppers, roasted or raw, chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped, or 6 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil
  • 1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Bulgarian sirene cheese or feta cheese, crumbled

How to Make It

  1. In a large bowl, place tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, onion and parsley and toss.
  2. Place oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper to taste in a screw-top jar. Cover and shake until well blended.
  3. Toss dressing with vegetables, turn into a serving bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve. Top with crumbled cheese and portion on chilled plates.
  4. Serve with hearty bread and a glass of rakia.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 253
Total Fat 21 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Unsaturated Fat 12 g
Cholesterol 11 mg
Sodium 252 mg
Carbohydrates 13 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Protein 4 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)