is one of the most popular seasonal salads not only in Montenegro, but also throughout the Balkan Peninsula. Shopska salad is a dish of Eastern European cuisine, which is quite popular in Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, the Czech Republic and other countries. The origin of this "summer" dish is considered to be the western part of Bulgaria. In ancient times local population were called "shopy"
. Thanks to that people the salad got its name.
The shop salad includes fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, Bulgarian pepper (raw, pickled or roasted), onion, olives, salt, ground pepper and parsley, dressed with olive oil. On top of the salad is abundantly sprinkled with feta cheese, sopsky cheese (sirene) or white cheese. In Montenegro, as in many other Balkan countries, until now this salad is often cooked without mixing all the ingredients up, but laying them in a certain order from the bottom up: red tomatoes, green cucumbers and white cheese - which strongly resembles the colors of the Bulgarian flag.Lifehack: Since in Serbia and Macedonia it was once impossible to get white cheese, it was in the territories of these countries that feta cheese was added into the shopska salad, which was produced in each house
Local people quite often use a salad in the form of a snack for rakija
- a local popular strong alcoholic beverage. Also, this vegetable salad is constantly ordered for lunch to various soups or chorbas
, and also take with national meat dishes such as: pljeskavica
, chicken "batak", meat iz pod sacha and others. In addition, many tourists prefer to have shopska salad of as an appetizer before a meal of the main dishes from fish or seafood. And it is loved by children very much...
In Montenegro, the shopska salad is served in all cafes
, and you can order it home, at work or any other place through a single food delivery site FoodyClub.me
It is better to try once...