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Shopska salad with avocado

Traditional Bulgarian shopska salad with added avocado, vegetarian

This is a modernized version of the classic Bulgarian shopska salad. The shopska salad is a beloved traditional dish in Bulgaria. Typically, it’s made with tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, green pepper and white cheese.

The traditional version of the shopska salad is very much liked my all foreigners who visit the country and is available in most restaurants. However, it’s worth to note that this is as much a salad as it’s a main dish. Really, depending on how much cheese you add, the salad can be quite filling.

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Shopska salad with avocado – ready

Today I made an updated version of the traditional recipe. I added some chopped avocado. As dressing, I used pumpkin seed oil and some salt. The result was amazingly delicious. It can even be used to substitute a main dish. For example, if you want a light lunch.


  • Two red tomatoes, chopped
  • One cucumber
  • One green pepper
  • Half a red onion
  • Half an avocado
  • White cheese type Feta – about 150 g
  • Dressing – pumpkin seed oil or any type of oil
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Chop the tomatoes in small cubes. Peel the cucumber and half it, then slice in semi-circles.
  2. Remove the pepper’s seeds and slice in semi-circles. Also clean and slice the onion.
  3. Peel and chop the avocado into large cubes.
  4. Mix all veggies together and dress it with two tablespoons oil and a pinch of salt. Mix well
  5. On top, grate the cheese, or just crush it with your hands and arrange on the salad.
Chopped veggies for shopska salad with avocado
Chopped veggies for shopska salad with avocado

Easy-peasy, right? This salad can also be veganized, if you skip the cheese or use some Violife option – I think their Greek cheese would be suitable.

Have you tried Shopska salad before? Other salads from me you may enjoy:

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