Shopska Salata

Mmm tangy.

Shopska salata is a Bulgarian salad (however it is also popular in Bosnia, Croatia, Romania, and other countries in that general European region).

July 17, 2015 at 0529PM

I decided to make this a couple weeks ago as part of my international Shabbat dinner. I served it with the gazpacho and the arroz con pollo. I made it without the cheese for kashrut reasons, however, the cheese seems to be a hallmark of the salad (this coming from someone who has never visited Bulgaria, Bosnia, Croatia, or Romania).

Original recipe can be found here.



4 diced roma tomatoes

1 cucumber diced (peel or no peel, you decide)

2 chopped green peppers (roasted or raw)

2 chopped red peppers (roasted or raw)

1 yellow onion chopped (or 6 scallions chopped)

2 tablespoons of chopped parsley

Dressing and Topping:

1/2 cup of olive oil

1/4 cup of red wine vinegar

Salt and black pepper

1/2 cup of feta cheese


Combine all of the vegetables. Mix the dressing in a separate container with a lid and make sure to shake the dressing until it is blended. Toss the salad in the dressing and top with the feta cheese.


2 thoughts on “Shopska Salata

  1. Yes, the feta cheese topping is a Shopska Salata requirement, so perhaps best served with a milchig meal. There are so many Bulgarians in Israel that the feta cheese imported from Israel is often referred to as “Balkan-style.” I can’t imagine that a kosher variant isn’t available somewhere. By the way, the red wine vinegar must be an American variant as it’s not really available there; the locals would use regular white or apple vinegar. My parents have a monthly Shabbat potluck dinner with friends and one with an international theme sounds like an interesting recommendation. Thanks for sharing.


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