Shopska Salad

"“Shopska” salad - an iconic salad of the Balkans which is made with chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, white/yellow onions, fresh and sometimes roasted sweet long green peppers (similar to Anaheim or Banana peppers) typical of the Balkan region, with a red wine vinegar based vinaigrette, topped with grated white cow or sheep's milk cheese (similar to feta). The thing I’ve always loved about this salad is dipping gorgeous bread in the remnants of the vinaigrette speckled with salty white cheese, so my version is a bit of departure from tradition (and obviously made with vegetables I can get here), but combines my favourite elements, the cheese and vinaigrette, into a topping (or dip?) of sorts which is simply olive oil, red wine vinegar, crumbled feta, parsley, and black pepper whipped together. ❤️ As an aside, “Shopska” salad is possibly named after a mountainous region called “Shopluk” which crosses the modern day borders of Macedonia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania, but the region's boundaries are (in typically Balkan fashion) very vaguely defined. You will quite likely find this on every menu in the region in some form or another, and it is perfect for hot days, eaten either as a “mezze” with a little Balkan brandy - rakija (or raki) (apple and pear based) or sljivovica (plum based), or as an accompaniment to a main meal, or in our case, a perfect little summer lunch to end the week. 💚 Happy Friday all!"
-- @balkankitchen

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This refreshing Balkan salad brings everything we love to the table! Juicy tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers and a bright, vinegary dressing to round it off. 

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Prep time 10mins

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  • 2 large tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 long red or green peppers, like Romano, Anaheim or Banana, sliced
  • 2 cucumbers, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced into half moons
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar or lemon juice
  • 3 1/2 ounces feta cheese, grated
  • Kosher salt and pepper, as needed


  • Step 1

    Add the vegetables into a large serving bowl.

  • Step 2

    In a small mixing bowl, stir together the parsley, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper together. Once combined, pour over top of the vegetable and gently toss to combine.

  • Step 3

    Top with grated feta and serve with somen, a traditional Balkan flatbread. Enjoy!