Shopska Salad Recipe

Lisa Grant | Jersey Girl Cooks

Shopska Salad is a Bulgarian dish that works great as a starter or side. Fresh and light.

Shopska Salad Photo

Not too long ago, I came across a recipe for Shopska salad. I was very interested in this salad as I have been eating a similar salad all my life and didn’t know it was called this. Shopska salad is a popular salad in Bulgaria that starts off almost every dinner. It consists of cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, and cheese, with a drizzle of olive oil and red wine vinegar. There are many eastern European variations and I have created my favorite version laced with olives.

Shopska Salad Picture

There are many things I like about this salad. It’s light, refreshing, goes with many different entrees, and it brings me back to my roots. My dad came over to the United States from a small island that is now Croatia. Growing up, we ate a salad at every meal. Shopska was very similar to one of the salads we ate. I remember always having a salad dressed with oil and vinegar. At the time, the teenager in me craved thick, creamy dressings from a bottle, but now I agree that a basic oil and vinegar dressing or vinaigrette tastes the best and is also the healthiest.

Shopska Salad Image

A typical Shopska salad is made with a sheep’s milk cheese that is very popular in Bulgaria. It is very similar to feta. I could not find the Bulgarian cheese, I decided to try feta since I had it on hand. It worked perfectly and gave a nice salty taste to the salad.

Shopska Salad Pic

I like this salad chopped as I find it very easy to eat that way, but it can be made in larger pieces as well. The chopping is a little extra work but definitely worth it in my opinion. This salad is great served with BBQ chicken or Teriyaki steak kabobs. It is nice and light so you can save the calories for decadent desserts like Millionaire piecherry blondies, or peanut butter cup cupcakes.

Try making this refreshing salad. The produce ingredients are easily found year-round. You can double the recipe as it is perfect for a party, potluck dish, or BBQ. Top it with some grilled chicken, steak, or shrimp and you might want it as a main dish too.

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Shopska Salad Recipe

  6 Servings


  • 1 pint Cherry Tomatoes, Or grape tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • 2 Persian Cucumbers, Small, chopped
  • 2 Green Onions, Chopped
  • 1/2 cup Roasted Red Peppers, Chopped
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Kalamata Olives
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Parsley, Chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper, To taste, if necessary


  1. In a medium-size salad bowl, toss together tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions, peppers, olives, and parsley. Mix in olive oil and vinegar.
  2. Sprinkle the salad with feta cheese.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste, if necessary.
  4. The salad can be refrigerated before serving or served at room temperature.


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Author: Lisa Grant
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 77
Calories 120

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g
  Saturated Fat 2g
Sodium 192mg
Total Carbohydrate 6g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 1g
Protein 2g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Lisa Grant

About Lisa

Like all moms, Lisa needs quick and easy dinners during the week for her busy family. As our Easy Dinners Fanatic, she creates meals that you can make between soccer and band practice that are full of flavor and good for you too. You can see more from Lisa on Jersey Girl Cooks.

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