One of the greatest pleasures of visiting the beautiful city of Skopje is leisurely spending time in the main square downtown. You can work up quite an appetite after all that sightseeing and shopping, so what a better way to relax than settling in to a local restaurant and digging into a beautiful, fresh Shopska Salad. This salad is a very distinctive Balkan dish named after a group of people called shopi who live in the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia. This recipe is wonderful as a starter salad or as an entree depending on the size of your serving dish. Use only the best, freshest ingredients for this recipe and prepare to be floored by this simple yet insanely delicious salad.
- 1 large cucumber (English Hothouse cucumbers are best for this recipe)
- 2 quality medium tomatoes
- 1 fresh red pepper
- ½ yellow onion
- 200 g Bulgarian Feta Cheese
- 4-8 kalamata olives
- 5 tbs olive oil
- salt & pepper
Prep your veggies: peel the cucumber, remove seeds and pith from red pepper, and remove skin from onion.
Dice the cucumber, red pepper, onion, and tomatoes into uniform small uniform cubes.
Place the chopped veggies into a serving bowl, mix with the olive oil, and add salt & pepper to taste.
*Grate the feta generously on top of the salad.
Place the olives in a decorative pattern.
Serve with fresh, crusty bread and enjoy!
*Tip: Keep your feta from falling apart by letting it sit in the freezer for about 10 minutes before grating.