Creamy Bosnian-style country salad (siriluk) is made with fresh cheese and green onions. It’s a great accompaniment to BBQ or any kind of meat.
Howdy there! I am homesick and I miss summer today so I made this cheese salad to boost my mood.
This salad accompanies all barbecues and picnics in Bosnia. It has been a loyal member of traditional table spreads for ages. Originally, fresh farmer’s cheese is used for this recipe mixed with sour cream to smooth out the texture.
I cannot find similar cheese in the States (perhaps pot cheese would do?) and cottage cheese is the next best. It already has the velvety texture, so that’s a plus. There is no BBQ in sight for the next few months as I am not the fan of standing next to the grill in freezing temperatures but I can eat this salad anytime.
Speaking of BBQ, and I know I’m getting off the subject here, who is in charge of grilling at your house? Research shows that men being king of the grill dates all the way back to cavemen when the men would hunt for meat and cooked it to impress the cavewomen. Control of the food and the fire was all about male prestige and dominance.
Fast forward to the present day and men continue to like barbecuing because of its macho overtones. They like to stand around in groups and brag about their BBQ cooking skills, what kind of grill they prefer and what a mean steak they’re capable of cooking on it. Yeah.
So naturally, at our family’s Christmas party Secret Santa game, you could find BBQ tools for guys. And naturally, when my husband won a case of BBQ brushes and utensils he… gladly handed it to me. He is the only guy I know who doesn’t like to barbecue.
But don’t feel sorry for me – he is also the only guy I know that loves shopping with his wife and truly enjoys working in the yard and fixing things in the house. You can’t have your cake and eat it too, you know…
Back to the cheese salad, which husband won’t eat by the way (sigh). It takes about a whip to make it. Serve it alongside fresh, warm oven baked bread in lieu of BBQ meat and channel your inner Bosnian for a day. 😉
Bosnian Country Style Cheese Salad (Siriluk) Recipe
Serves 2 (1 cup each)
1 – 16oz tub small curd Cottage cheese
¼ cup chopped green onion
1 teaspoon vegetable or olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients and refrigerate before serving.
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