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Bulgarian Shopska Salad

Only three ingredients stand between you and this super refreshing Bulgarian Shopska Salad: Tomato, cucumber and Bulgarian feta. Are you ready for the easiest, coolest, tastiest three ingredient salad in the world? 

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Bulgarian Shopska Salad SAVED OUR LIVES last summer…

Okay, maybe not literally. That’s a bit dramatic.

But pretty darn close.

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During most of last year’s adventures we had a tag along travel companion known as Nine Months of Summer.

This generous new friend granted us long days and sultry nights, followed by unbearable heatwaves, sticky humidity and frizzy hair of the just-stuck-a-fork-in-a-power-socket variety.

Safe to say we’re kinda grateful for Adelaide’s wintry weather right now. Storms and all. 😛

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As summer wore on, we escaped the heat the best way we knew how: By eating the most cooling, refreshing foods we could get our hands on.

Enter this humble Bulgarian Shopska Salad.

Served chilled and smothered in snow, err, I mean sirene cheese (similar-ish to feta), it was almost as satisfying as a bowl of ice cream, but waaaay healthier.

We snapped it up everywhere we went, becoming thoroughly addicted to the sweet+savoury yet totally refreshing dish.

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From cafes to marketplaces, we decided that making our own batch of Shopska was well overdue. That might have had something to do with the gorgeous fresh produce we kept ogling in the marketplaces.

O.M.G. Have you SEEN Bulgarian tomatoes? They’re massive!

One stall owner totally mistook us for German tourists, and since we knew some German, and he knew zero English, we ended up having an entire micro-conversation in German. 😛

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Bulgarian Shopska Salad

Shopska Salad is traditionally made with a very generous sprinkling of sirene cheese, which is pretty similar to feta in both taste and texture.

If you can’t find any sirene or feta near you, you could try sourcing some online or you can even make your own if you’re feeling adventurous!

All you need after that is diced tomatoes and cucumbers and your super simple salad is ready to rumble. If you want to kick things up a notch, feel free to throw in some diced capsicum/pepper and your favourite marinated olives.

We once even threw in some salami for all the meat-lovers out there!

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Looking for more Bulgarian delights? Check out this aromatic Spiced Apple Cinnamon Sumac Cake, and our favourite super simple White Bean Salad. Hint hint: They’d be perfect for a summertime picnic!

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Only three ingredients stand between you and this super refreshing Bulgarian Shopska Salad: Tomato, cucumber and Bulgarian feta. Are you ready for the easiest, coolest, tastiest three ingredient salad in the world?
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Bulgarian
Ingredients
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 continental cucumber, diced
  • 100 g bulgarian feta or sirene cheese
Optional
  • 1 red capsicum/pepper, diced
  • 50 g marinated olives
Instructions
  1. This recipe couldn't get any easier guys! Just pop your diced tomatoes and cucumber in a serving bowl. Add in your capsicum and olives if you're using them, then give them a stir until evenly distributed.
  2. Let it snow! It's time to grate that cheese right over the bowl until well and truly covered.
  3. Serve immediately, or if you're not quite ready to eat, the salad will store nicely in the fridge for around half an hour.
Notes
For an extra cooling salad be sure to keep your ingredients in the fridge right up until you're ready to prep. You could even pop them in the freezer for just a few minutes to cool them right down.

 

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  • Gergana
    16/08/2016 at 4:55 pm

    Hey Ladies,

    I am ssooooo happy you’re spreading the word of our lovely Bulgarian cuisine. Next time you go – please give me a shout, I’ll direct you to great food places & dishes to try with pleasure! 🙂

    May I suggest a small variation, which is a MUST-TRY? We usually eat this salad as a mix of the following ingredients:
    – Tomatoes & Cucumbers as main filler ingredients
    – Cheese for the finishing, always
    and here comes the difference:
    – raw, very thinly sliced red or white onions
    – roasted red peppers (you char them under the grill untill almost all of the surface is black, then peel the skin off)
    – and we finish with a bit of salt and sunflower seed oil (a little salt, as our Sirene cheese is quite salty)

    Being Bulgarian, I’d suggest this for the most authentic version, hope you’ll give it a try, and maybe suggest this variant to your readers.

    Gergana

    • Gergana
      16/08/2016 at 4:57 pm

      oh, and how could I forget: PARSLEY< LOADS OF PARSLEY 🙂

    • Wandercooks
      22/08/2016 at 3:37 pm

      Hey Gergana, thanks for stopping by. Excellent suggestions and totally happy to share. P.S. Would love to take you up on that offer – Bulgaria is such a lovely country and we had such an awesome time there, we’ll definitely head back one day! 🙂

  • THE HUNGRY MUM
    31/05/2016 at 5:14 pm

    Literally Miss 10’s three fav ingredients! We usually have a Greek salad most nights, will have to mix it up a bit.

    • Wandercooks
      01/06/2016 at 10:07 am

      Awesome! It’s crazy how similar this is to Greek salad when you look at the key ingredients, but the flavour is so, so different it’s on a whole new level. Enjoy! 🙂

  • Florentina
    28/05/2016 at 5:14 am

    I love tomato and cucumber together ! Nothing screams summer and healthy like those two in my mouth haha

    • Wandercooks
      30/05/2016 at 9:06 am

      Hahah couldn’t agree more Florentina!

  • Kathrina
    28/05/2016 at 4:55 am

    Oh wow…this salad is speaking my language! I love simple and flavorful salads like this, and that snow-like dusting of cheese is just perfect. I can’t wait to make this one soon. I may or may not share with my family. 😉 Haha!

    • Wandercooks
      30/05/2016 at 9:06 am

      Good luck Kathrina, but you should probably make a double batch just in case. 😉

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    28/05/2016 at 2:03 am

    Lots of beautiful colours in this dish. It looks so light and fresh too, and perfect for a summers evening.

    • Wandercooks
      30/05/2016 at 9:05 am

      Absolutely! Hope you enjoy Dannii!

  • Kate @ VeggieDesserts
    28/05/2016 at 1:49 am

    Feta snow!!!! What a great way to make this extra special. I want to grate everything now!

    • Wandercooks
      30/05/2016 at 9:03 am

      Yayyyy! Us too! So grate-ful you stopped by. 😉

  • Tara
    28/05/2016 at 12:48 am

    Love Shopska Salad! Yours looks amazing! Such beautiful photos.

    • Wandercooks
      30/05/2016 at 8:59 am

      Thanks Tara! How addictive is it?! So much health, so little time 😛

  • Sarah @ Champagne Tastes
    26/05/2016 at 11:46 pm

    Oh man! My husband and I ate this salad at every restaurant we went to in Bulgaria last summer! It was SO DELICIOUS! I do think their feta tastes a little different, but I didn’t realize it actually was a different type of feta. I will have to look for it.. the husband mourns that he hasn’t had this salad recently haha. This is awesome!

    • Wandercooks
      27/05/2016 at 9:22 am

      Yess! So nice to meet a fellow shopska addict haha 😀 Sirene’s definitely got a unique flavour but when you can only get your hands on feta at home we think it’s close enough. But we’ll have to go back for the real thing one day! 😀

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