Simple Bulgarian Shopska Salad

Simple Bulgarian Shopska Salad

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One Bulgaria’s most famous dishes is Shopska. It also happens to be country’s national salad. Served as a side or a meal, the ingredients were chosen to represent the colors of the Bulgarian flag (white, green and red).

Shopska also highlights Bulgarian Sirene a feta-like cheese that’s fuller bodied, saltier and less crumbly than the feta cheeses you might be used to. If you can’t find authentic Bulgarian Sirene/feta, you can, of course, use Greek feta. Or try salting some fresh mozzarella to match Sirene’s creamy texture.

Bulgarian Shopska Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Rest Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Salad
Servings: 2
Calories: 243kcal


  • ½ cucumber chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped
  • ½ yellow bell pepper chopped
  • ½ onion sliced
  • 50 grams Bulgarian feta cheese Sirene crumbled
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 small bunch flat leaf parsley


  • Chop tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper and onion in bite size chunks.
  • For the dressing combine olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.
  • Toss the vegetables with the dressing and let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Crumble the feta cheese on top of the salad and garnish with parsley!



Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 289mg | Potassium: 515mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1286IU | Vitamin C: 77mg | Calcium: 157mg | Iron: 1mg

Notes & Tips

  • Red wine is often used instead of white wine vinegar and oils like sunflower are used instead of olive oil. Speaking of olives, they’re sometimes added to this salad.
  • The dressing is often served on the side rather than mixed with the vegetables in part because the salad is delicious on its own!
  • Shopska is commonly enjoyed with homemade fruit alcohol (like rakia) but brandy makes a good substitute.

I hope you enjoy this refreshing Bulgarian salad. If you are looking for another refreshing Bulgarian dish, try this cold soup.

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