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?
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. 😛Made with tomatoes as big as your head. 3 Ingredient Bulgarian Shopska Salad.Click To Tweet
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.
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. 😛
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.
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!
Bulgarian Shopska Salad
- 1 large tomato diced
- 1 continental cucumber diced
- 100 g bulgarian feta or sirene cheese
- 1 red capsicum/pepper diced
- 50 g marinated olives
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.
Let it snow! It's time to grate that cheese right over the bowl until well and truly covered.
Serve immediately, or if you're not quite ready to eat, the salad will store nicely in the fridge for around half an hour.
NotesFor 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.