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Bulgarian Tomato Salad (Shopska Salata)

Liliana and Chrissy Roebke
Shopska Salata is a salad that originated in the Shopluk region of Bulgaria. It is said to have been invented in the 1960s as part of a tourist promotion by the socialist party to highlight local ingredients.
Today, it is common among the Balkan countries of Serbia, Macedonia, and others and has been proclaimed as a national dish of Bulgaria.
There are slight variations from family to family, but the basic ingredients for this refreshing salad, served year-round, are the same―tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, onion, red wine vinaigrette, and feta cheese which is known as sirene cheese in Bulgaria.
Since olive trees are not as plentiful ​in Bulgaria as they are elsewhere, sunflower oil is used in most cooking and salad dressings.
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Salad, Side Dish
Servings 6
Calories 253 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 large cucumber unpeeled and chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup bulgarian sirene cheese or feta crumbled
  • salt to taste
  • freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, place tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, onion and parsley, and toss.
  • Place oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper to taste in a screw-top jar. Cover and shake until well blended.
  • Toss dressing with vegetables, turn into a serving bowl, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Top with crumbled cheese and portion on chilled plates. Serve with hearty bread and a glass of rakia.

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Keyword bulgarian, cucumbers, salad