Today we bring you the second of the series of recipe's Shira Glassman's bisexual cook Aviva would prepare for her gluten and fowl intolerant girlfriend Shulamit.

Šopska salata (“Shopska”)


  • Baby hydroponic cukes, cut in half and then sliced
  • Cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • Red onions, diced
  • Colored bell peppers, chunked (red, yellow, or orange, in any combination; whatever’s on sale)
  • Feta cheese, crumbled or diced–use more than you think you need.
  • Olive oil, to taste

The cherry tomato locule gel (the goo with the seeds) is an important component of the ‘dressing’, providing the acidic counterpoint to the olive oil, so if you start experimenting, keep that in mind and don’t remove that part of whatever tomato you wind up using.

Anyway, just combine all the veggies in equal parts and then add feta and olive oil. Have fun!


Shira Glassman is "a bisexual Jewish violinist passionately inspired by German and French opera and Agatha Christie novels. She and her agender same-sex spouse live in north central Florida, where the alligators are mostly harmless because they're too lazy to be bothered."


  • The Second Mango (2013, Prizm Books) Golden Crown Literary Society finalist for Young Adult
  • Climbing the Date Palm (2014, Prizm Books) - "The Artist and the Devil" (2014, Vitality's free minizine, online only)
  • A Harvest of Ripe Figs (2015, Prizm Books — due out 1/21/2015)
  • Tales from Outer Lands (included free with the Figs paperback, but available as a separate eBook 2/11/2015)

She says "It's worth noting that every single one of those works has at least one bisexual character, and that "The Artist and the Devil" directly confronts and punctures biphobic stereotypes where one of the two short stories in the Tales, "Aviva and the Aliens", stars a bisexual woman rescuing herself and keeping her girlfriend safe, too. I am currently working on book four of the Mangoverse series."