Shopska salad (in Bulgarian “shopska salata”) is a traditional Bulgarian dish, which is popular not only at home but also in many places in Europe. It is named after the Bulgarian region of Shopska, which is known for its fresh produce and tasty cuisine. It is a refreshing salad made from chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onions, and parsley. All of this is complemented by a generous dose of Bulgarian cheese sirene.
A great feature of Shopska salad is its simplicity. The dish is prepared from fresh and easily available ingredients. Tomatoes and cucumbers provide a refreshing crunch, while peppers and onions give the salad sweetness and a mild spiciness. Parsley adds a fresh herbal taste and grated cheese complements everything nicely.
Shopska salad is a universal dish that can be served as a side dish to grilled meats, pljeskavica, or fish.
I had Shopska salad as a healthy side dish with practically every meal I ordered in Bulgaria. It was excellent everywhere. In the Rhomphaia restaurant in the seaside town of Balchik, the salad cost 7.8 BGN (approx. 4 EUR) and was served with a beautiful view of the Black Sea.
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