Bulgarian Salad (shopska Salata)

1 salad
10 min

An easy, delicious and refreshing salad from Bulgaria that’s generously sprinkled with grated cheese.

The salad is made with tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, and bursts with flavor! Also, it can be prepared within 10 minutes, which makes it one of my favorite salad recipes.

They say that Bulgarian shopska salad recipe was invented in the 1950s as part of a tourism promotion to highlight the local ingredients. Different salads were also created, but only shopska salad really survived the test of time.

Today, shopska salad is one of the most popular Bulgarian dishes, and the country’s national salad too! Did you know that the colors of the salad highlight the colors of the Bulgarian flag? Red (tomatoes), green (cucumbers) and white (cheese). Cute right?

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Bulgarian Salad (shopska Salata)

Recipe details

  • 1  salad
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 5 Minutes Total time: 10 min
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  • 1 large tomato (220 gr), chopped
  • 1 small cucumber (160 gr), unpeeled and chopped
  • 0,5 stalk spring onion (20 gr), slice the green leaves
  • 100 gr Bulgarian Sirene cheese (or feta), grated
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • Olive for decoration (optional)
  • Sunflower oil (optional)
  • Salt / pepper (optional, because the cheese could be salty enough)


Add the tomatoes, cucumbers, scallions (or red onion) and dill to a large bowl. Toss well to mix. Season with oil, salt and pepper (all optional).
When ready to serve, top the salad with grated cheese and, if desired, an olive on top.

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  • Ron Ron on Dec 15, 2021

    You said it is made with tomato, onions, cucumbers, and bursts. I am not sure what bursts are and you don't actually have that in your ingredient list. Unless the dill is the bursts? Yeah, that is probably what you meant. Dill is quite flavourful, so that makes sense bursts of flavour = dill.

    But wait, what about the cheese? That salad looks like it is almost 50% cheese. Definitely need to add that to the list.

    Made with tomato, onions, cucumbers, dill, and cheese. It is bursting with flavour!