How to make a Shopska Salad – Perfect Summer Salad

Shopska Salad

How to make a Shopska Salad.

Shopska (šopska) salad is very famous in my mother country of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

“This is a Bulgarian cold salad popular throughout the Balkans and Central Europe. It is made from tomatoes, cucumbers, onion/scallions, raw or roasted peppers, sirene (white brine cheese), and parsley.” – Wikipedia. You can read more about this salad by clicking here on Wikipedia. 

It is so simple to make and it can be a great lunch on it’s own or you can eat it with grilled meat.

It is similar to Greek salad. This salad is on the menu in most of the restaurants across the Balkans so if you are visiting any of the Balkan countries, I strongly recommend that you try it. It is served as a side salad.

I would like to note that I made a video how I made this salad, but my audio was totally out of sync, so I will make a new video and post it soon on our youtube Channel.

I had this salad today for my lunch, with grilled chicken breasts and it was delicious. Here is a picture 🙂

Sopska salad

So here is my eye ball recipe: (This recipe will be available in the near future on our Eyeball Cookery E-book)


  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1 green, yellow or red peppers
  • 1 onion
  • 1 cucumber
  • small peace of feta cheese or hard sheep cheese that is similar to feta but much more saltier and harder
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 table spoon of red vine vinegar
  • little bit of salt


Wash and dice your vegetables to equal sizes.

When I dice my vegetables, I dice tomatoes last, because they get very soggy if left too long before eating. Mix them all together in a bowl. To make the dressing, mix the olive oil, red wine vinegar and a little bit of salt.

Once it is all incorporated, pour it over the diced vegetables and mix well.

Now use a grater and grate the feta cheese on top of the salad and your salad is ready to eat.

If the feta cheese is too soft to be grated, you can simply place it in a freezer for about 10-20 minutes and then you will have no problem grating it.  This salad in my country, is usually eaten with grilled meat, but it can make a perfect lunch on it’s own.

This is perfect for vegetarians, but if you are vegan, you can substitute cheese with nuts or tofu.

Please let me know how did you like this recipe in the comments below.  If you have any suggestions let me know. 🙂

Healthy Summer salad - Shopska salad

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How to make a Shopska Salad

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