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Shopska salad in a bowl covered in grated cheese.

Bulgarian Shopska Salad

This super quick Bulgarian Shopska Salad is one of the easiest, coolest, and tastiest three ingredient salads in the world! All you need is fresh tomato, cucumber and Bulgarian feta or sirene cheese. It's the perfect side salad or light, refreshing lunch.
Course Salad
Cuisine Bulgarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 salad
Calories 432kcal
Cost $5


  • 1 tomato large, diced
  • 1 cucumber continental, diced
  • 100 g sirene cheese or substitute with feta

Optional Garnishes


  • Pop your diced tomatoes and cucumber in a serving bowl and give everything a stir until evenly distributed.
  • Optional step: Add in your optional ingredients such as red pepper, olives, olive oil, vinegar, and salt & pepper if you're using them and stir through again.
  • Let it snow! Grate that cheese right over the bowl until well and truly covered.
  • Serve immediately (or store for around 30 mins in the fridge).


Tips to get this recipe just right:
  • Sirene Cheese - Substitute with Bulgarian feta, or any firm feta cheese that can be grated.
  • Add Flavour - Serve your shopska salad with side dishes of balsamic or red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt or fresh parsley. You and your guests can then tweak the flavours just how you like. 
  • Make it a Meal - Try adding chopped cucumber and diced salami. This will quickly transform your side dish salad into a more satisfying main meal.
  • For an Extra Cooling Salad - Keep your ingredients in the fridge right up until you're ready to prep. You can even pop them in the freezer for a few minutes to cool them down even further.
  • For the Best Experience - This salad is best enjoyed immediately when all the ingredients are at their freshest. It will store nicely in the fridge for half an hour or so.


Calories: 432kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 1911mg | Potassium: 1013mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 5585IU | Vitamin C: 178.4mg | Calcium: 573mg | Iron: 2.4mg