Shopska Salad {Macedonian Chopped Salad}

Shopska Salad is the Macedonian version of a chopped salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, peppers and white [feta] cheese. It’s a healthy and refreshing salad perfect for lunch or dinner!

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AN EASY MACEDONIAN CHOPPED SALAD RECIPE

Helllllooooo SUMMER! If there was ever THEEE Summer Salad, THIS would have to be IT. Trust me. Once that fresh smell of the cucumber hits your nose, you will absolutely agree!

You guys, guess where I’m at?! Just guess! Ok, ok, I’ll tell you.

I’m on a plane, flying over the Atlantic, heading to where it all started – my birthplace! YAY!

I’m so excited, you guys. I haven’t been back to Macedonia since 2011. That’s just pretty insane to me because I love my homeland so, so much! Besides that, my sister lives there and I haven’t seen her in 4 years! That is the hardest part. Heartbreaking, to be honest. My beautiful nieces hardly know me, and my brother-in-law is pretty much the best guy in the world!!
If I had it my way, and if an airline ticket didn’t cost 3 mortgage payments… and if I didn’t HATE flying… and if my girls weren’t so small, I’d go thrice a year!

Shopska Salad | www.diethood.com | The Macedonian version of a chopped salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, peppers and white [feta] cheese.

Speaking of flying… could you say a prayer? PLEASE! I can’t stand it. At this moment, I’m probably asking the flight attendant for another shot of tequila. I’ll take anything that will put me at ease for at least 10 hours.

Shopska Salad | www.diethood.com | The Macedonian version of a chopped salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, peppers and white [feta] cheese.

Soooo, since I’m heading home, and since I will be having this Shopska Salad every day for the next 4 weeks, I thought what better time to share it with you than NOW?

Sidenote. The entire Balkan Peninsula claims Shopska as their salad: Macedonians claim it to be theirs, Serbs say, nope, it’s ours
Bulgarians also say it’s all theirs. Greeks, too, though they decided to call it “Greek Salad” and added a few olives to it. πŸ™‚ Then again, they just decided to call everything “Greek”, including salads, coffee, yogurt, the sky, the trees, air… aye aye aye… πŸ˜‰

In a nutshell? We will all go to war with each other to prove that something is ours and not theirs.
Not just Shopska, though. We fight about the ownership of Ajvar, land, Baklava, land, Kebapi, Musaka, and land.

Shopska Salad | www.diethood.com | The Macedonian version of a chopped salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, peppers and white [feta] cheese.

But I have to add that, if we leave politics aside, we are the best of friends. Not kidding. We love one another like brothers and sisters. β™₯

About that Shopska Salad…

You should know that this whole chopped mess is the epitome of everything I love to eat, starting with all things cheese and tomato juices. When making this salad, make sure that your tomatoes are juicy because that is what makes this salad so amazing. We don’t add fancy salad dressings. It’s oil and vinegar. Full stop. BUT you don’t need anything else because all the flavors blend so well together, and with the help of the tomato juice and creamy feta, oh mah gaaaaahhhh! It’s like a flavor explosion!

Shopska Salad | www.diethood.com | The Macedonian version of a chopped salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, peppers and white [feta] cheese.

Also, and if you wanna eat it the authentic way, it’s one bowl, several forks, and a big feast of grilled meat on the side. That’s how you eat this salad. All the forks in one salad bowl. There’s no room for “ewwwww” around here. Gotta be real, gotta be genuine.

Shopska Salad | www.diethood.com | The Macedonian version of a chopped salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, peppers and white [feta] cheese.

Okay, so since this is turning out to be the longest post of everrrr? And since I really hope you read it all? Can we just hop on over to the recipe? COOL! Also? Did you say a prayer? PLEASE. I hate flying. HATE!

Okay, thank you! XOXO

ENJOY!

5 from 1 vote
Shopska Salad | www.diethood.com | The Macedonian version of a chopped salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, peppers and white [feta] cheese.
Shopska Salad {Macedonian Chopped Salad}
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Shopska Salad is the Macedonian version of a chopped salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, peppers and white [feta] cheese. It's a healthy and refreshing salad perfect for lunch or dinner!

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Macedonian
Keyword: chopped salad recipe, healthy salad recipe, macedonian recipes
Servings: 6
Calories: 62 kcal
Author: Katerina
Ingredients
  • 3 to 4 ripe tomatoes , chopped
  • 1 long English cucumber , chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion , chopped
  • 2 green banana peppers , chopped (you can also use a green bell pepper)
  • salt , to taste
  • 1 ?3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2- cup crumbled white [feta] cheese (If possible, try not to use Greek Feta as it is too salty for this salad)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Place chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and peppers in a large serving bowl.
  2. Add salt, oil, and vinegar to the tomato mixture; toss and mix until well blended. Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  3. Top with crumbled feta cheese and sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley.
  4. Refrigerate for about 20 minutes, or until ready to use.
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

WW SmartPoints: 2

Nutrition Facts
Shopska Salad {Macedonian Chopped Salad}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 62 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 145mg6%
Potassium 269mg8%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 740IU15%
Vitamin C 15.7mg19%
Calcium 82mg8%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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13 Responses
  1. We are “cousins” as my fathers’ people were from Albania! We claim Baklava! Hahahahaaaaa………! Glad you are getting to visit your homeland and family. I have “pinned” this recipe and look forward to making it soon!

  2. Radolsav Hristov

    Shopska salad is definitely invented in Bulgaria. Just google it. And with a name like yours it is highly unlikely that you will accept any such assumption. What is your origin my little darling? Macedonian?

    1. Yep, everything according to you guys is Bulgarian… everything according to Greeks is Greek, according to Serbs is Serb, and so on and so forth. Gotta LOVE the Balkans and its toddler “everything is mine!” mentality.

      My little darling? You don’t get speak to me that way – your tone is very disrespectful. And YES, I AM Macedonian. Very proud Macedonian. You are going to deny me that, as well? Because that would be racist. Macedonophobia is alive and thriving.

  3. Mo

    As a bulgarian, I know that this particular salad was INVENTED in Bulgaria.

    But let’s just take a look in Wikipedia:


    Though the salad’s name comes from the region called Shopluk, in fact, it was invented in the 1960s as part of a tourist promotion.

    At the time, leading chefs from Balkantourist invented Dobrujan, Macedonian, Thracian and several other salads with similar names, which were associated with different ethnographical regions.

    Because the area of Shopluk is divided among Bulgaria, Serbia and Macedonia, chefs in Macedonia and Serbia began later to contest the Bulgarian origin of the salad.

    If you know something different, and can prove it, you can change the text in Wikipedia, I think.

    1. So, let’s take this a step further… Just 3 days ago, a Serb was on here telling me the exact same thing, except in his little paragraph, it was the Serbs that invented it… Go troll someone else’s site. And you’re using Wikipedia as a credible source?

      1. Lee

        Stunningly epic response!

        BTW. I ate this EVERYDAY in Bosnia (Banja Luka) in 1996, whilst serving as a British Soldier. I don’t care where it’s from. It’s DELICIOUS!!!

        Lx

  4. LALE

    Hi, I`m Turkish and we have a very smiler cuisine.. We call this salad as `spoon salad` we eat it with a spoon because, we don`t want to waist the tomato juice!!! And I love very much your BOREK… You know pastry with cheese, spinach, beef, leek…..Do you have some recipes for borek pls. Thanks for all delicious ones….

    1. Hi! Spoon Salad sounds like my kinda food!! πŸ™‚ I love this salad so much. I am in Macedonia currently visiting family and I’ve had Shopska just about every day! πŸ˜€
      I don’t have a recipe for Burek on my blog, however, I do follow this recipe for those times when I crave it: http://www.skopjeinfo.mk/hrana/1610910178/originalen-recept-za-burek Make sure to hit the “translate” button on Google. πŸ™‚ This recipe uses ready made fillo sheets which makes it perfect for those lazy Sunday mornings! hehe

  5. My daughter is over there now staying with the grandparents! My husband is so silly, he thinks I am actually going to endure a 10 hour flight with a 3 year old solo to go pick her up.Trying to avoid that convo at ALL COSTS. LOL Safe travels or as we say Sreken Pat!

    Now that it finally got hot in Chicago this is what we will be eating for the remainder of the summer-pure bliss!

    And I read somewhere that alcohol can make it worse! Better off drinking chamomile tea :-/

  6. Yaaay! Have the most awesome time with your family, Kate! I’m definitely there with ‘ya on the flying part—hate, hate, haaaate it! So yeah: definitely ask for that tequila! LOL.
    This salad. Ummm literally cannot even control my drooling. You loaded it up with seriously all the THINGS! Whichever country it really belongs to definitely knows their salad stuff! Pinned. πŸ™‚

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