Pronounced “shopsky”, this simple salad may remind you of Greek salad. You can find sopsky salad in every pub, resto and diner in Prague, Czech Republic. The feta prevents the sopsky from being dry, so you don't need any dressing.
- Chop all vegetables into cube-like pieces.
- Shred or crumble the feta over top.
- For an authentic Czech meal, serve with a goulash and potato pancakes.
I like this salad because it is tasty, simple to make, and calls for few ingredients. I wasn't familiar with it, however, until my husband and I recently spent 4 weeks in the Czech Republic. Now we have it for lunch about 6 times a week. Several of the Sopsky salads that were served to us in the C.R. came with a small amount of what tasted like a vinegar/sugar solution in the the bottom of their bowls. I liked this addition, so I have added it to my Sopsky salads. Put some granulated sugar into a small bowl, or use a sugar subsitute such as Splenda. Then I add a small amount of white vinegar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. I generally use only one half of a green pepper (chopped), 2 Roma tomatoes (chopped)and 1/2 to 1/3 of a cucumber (partly skinned & chopped)for the two of us, putting them into the vinegar/sugar solution as they are cut up. Adding a small amount of water (not too much)to cut the acid of the vinegar and the sweetness of the sugar is optional. Depends upon whether you like the tart-sweetness of the vinegar/sugar solution. When I serve the salad, I crumble Feta cheese over the top of the vegetables and spoon the vinegar/sugar solution over them. Joje
I am still making the ?opsky Salad that we first became acquainted with while vacationing in the Czech Republic. (See my review of September 11, 2007) Only now, instead of white vinegar which has too sharp of a taste, I am using Balsamic vinegar. I use approximately 1/4 cup of Balsamic vinegar to which I add a sweetener, such as sugar or Splenda, or a combination of the two. If desired, a little water may be added to this, also. I read in my Reader's Digest Magic Foods, © 2008 paperback, pg. 32, that "Pucker Power" or the addition of acetic acid, "the sour-tasting compound that gives that characteristic taste to vinegar, pickles, and sourdough bread acts like an anchor, and keeps your blood sugar from rising too high." My husband and I are still eating this salad. We have it 5 or 6 times a month.
Super easy, very tasty salad! My guests loved it and everyone asked for the recipe. I only added a little salt and pepper to season. The fresh feta cheese made the salad moist, soft, and very tasty. There is no need to add oil or mayonaise to this salad - it's perfect as is!