Bosnian Country Style Cheese Salad (Siriluk)

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 cow 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 any time. 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 cave women. 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. 😉


Serves 2 (1 cup each)


1 – 16oz tub Small Curd Cottage Cheese
¼ cup chopped Green Onion
1 teaspoon vegetable Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste



Combine all ingredients and refrigerate before serving.


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  1. Reply
    June 24, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    I had to come find this! We are big cottage cheese eaters at our house, so we would definitely enjoy this. My husband is a griller, so I don’t get much shot at it. Which is just as well, it’s nice to have the night off every once in a while!
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      June 24, 2017 at 11:01 pm

      OMG, this post is so old, I’m embarrassed, lol. Working slowly (really slowly) on updating some oldies but goodies. My husband doesn’t care much for cottage cheese, so more for me, ha!

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    Loud SEO
    March 1, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    What a really great recipe, my friends love it too!

    1. Reply
      March 2, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      thanks for trying it out Loud SEO 🙂

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    bams Kitchen
    February 21, 2013 at 2:25 am

    So simple but so delicious. Your photos are really gorgeous. Take care, BAM

    1. Reply
      March 2, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      Thank you BAM and thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    Judy Haughton-James
    February 18, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    This cheese salad looks so yummy Jas! Enjoy the rest of your Monday.

    1. Reply
      March 2, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      Thank you Judy. This is a confused mix as I like to call it, but it tastes surprisingly refreshing.
      How’s weather in Jamaica right now? Would you share your favorite Jamaican meal and I’ll post the link on my blog? (not sure yet how to have a guest post – let me know if you know the trick

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