Polish Salad with Cucumber and Sour Cream – Mizeria

Horizontal view of polish cucumber salad.

One of the most popular salads in Poland, mizeria with cucumber and sour cream, is a creamy salad that goes well with most meals, especially grilled meat. You will love the simplicity and refreshing taste of this Polish salad recipe.

 

An overhead photo with text as a title of white bowl with sliced cucumbers and radishes with sour cream and lemon juice dressing with chopped dill.

 

I knew I would love this Polish dish as soon as I read the ingredients. My favorite summer salad growing up was tomatoes with onions and sour cream, often with an addition of cucumbers. It’s still my favorite salad!

 

This bright salad is super simple to make. You can’t mess it up, however, be sure to check out all the tips below for best results.

 

Refreshing and bright, this Polish mizeria #salad with cucumber and sour cream is #easy to make with just a few ingredients! #cucumber #summer #mizeriaClick to Tweet

 

Serving of cucumber salad Polish-style.

 

WHAT IS MIZERIA?

 

Legend has it that this dish was a favorite dish of an Italian princess married to the Polish King Sigismund I in the 16th century. The dish made her homesick and sad, hence the name mizeria, which means misery.

 

According to another legend, this salad was popular among the poor and miserable peasants. Whatever the origin, there’s no place for misery with this tasty Polish cucumber and sour cream salad.

 

WHAT’S IN THE POLISH MIZERIA SALAD?

 

Only a few simple ingredients make this favorite salad:

  • Cucumber
  • Sour cream
  • Lemon juice
  • Fresh dill

 

Delicious salad of sliced cucumbers, radishes and sour cream/lemon dressing.

 

WHAT KIND OF CUCUMBER IS BEST FOR THIS RECIPE?

 

I prefer English cucumber and here is why:

  • it’s less bitter
  • it’s seedless
  • its skin is edible, so you don’t have to peel it

 

When cucumbers are abundant in my garden, I use them. However, I choose smaller ones. The seeds in large cucumbers contain the most liquid and they are good for soggy salads. Except, no one likes a soggy salad.

 

RECIPE VARIATIONS

 

  1. Want to make this salad even lighter? Use yogurt instead of sour cream or season the salad with oil and lemon juice.
  2. You can add a pinch of sugar to balance the acidity of lemon juice.
  3. Don’t have dill? Chopped chives, parsley or mint, will work well too.
  4. Need more flavor? Add 1/4 cup sliced onions.

 

HOW TO MAKE POLISH MIZERIA CUCUMBER SALAD?

 

In short: easy!

  1. First, with a mandoline or sharp knife, thinly slice the cucumber (see above for cucumber tips).
  2. Sprinkle with salt and leave in a colander to drain for about 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, make the dressing by mixing the sour cream with lemon juice and black pepper.
  4. Next, toss the dressing with cucumbers and garnish with fresh dill. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients and steps to making Polish mizeria salad.

 

RECIPE TIPS

 

  1. This salad is best if served shortly after you make it. It’s such a quick dish to make, but if you wish, you can draw water out of the cucumber ahead of time, and only mix it with the dressing right before serving.
  2. You will have the best results with English cucumber (see tips above), but if it’s not available or you grow cucumbers in your garden, by all means, use those.
  3. For variations, you can add sliced onions, a pinch of sugar, substitute sour cream with yogurt or oil, and use chopped chives, parsley or mint.
  4. Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container and use by the next day.

 

Tossing the cucumber salad with sour cream and dill.

 

WHAT GOES WITH POLISH CUCUMBER SALAD?

 

The mizeria salad goes well with almost any meal. You will love it alongside the main course like this chicken tabaka, veal rolls, pork medallions, or pan-seared tilapia. It’s a perfect accompaniment for all grilled meat, especially steak and lamb.

 

Serving of cucumber salad Polish-style.

 


Horizontal view of polish cucumber salad.
Print Recipe

Polish Mizeria Salad with Cucumber and Sour Cream

You will love how this simple and refreshing Polish cucumber salad complements almost any meal and how easy it comes together!
Prep Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Polish
Servings: 4 - 6
Author: Jas

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 large English (seedless) cucumber
  • 2 radishes optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Chopped fresh dill to garnish

DIRECTIONS:

  • With a mandoline or sharp knife, thinly slice 1 large English cucumber and 2 radishes (optional) and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Place in a colander and leave for 10-15 minutes. Tap the cucumbers dry and transfer to a serving bowl.
  • Mix the 1/2 cup of sour cream, juice of 1/2 lemon, and 1/4 freshly ground black pepper. Toss the dressing with cucumber and garnish with fresh dill. Serve immediately as an accompaniment.

RECIPE NOTES:

  • This salad is best if served shortly after you make it. It's such a quick dish to make, but if you wish, you can draw water out of the cucumber ahead of time, and only mix it with the dressing right before serving.
  • You will have the best results with English cucumber (see tips above), but if it's not available or you grow cucumbers in your garden, by all means, use those.
  • For variations, you can add sliced onions, a pinch of sugar, substitute sour cream with yogurt or oil, and use chopped chives, parsley or mint.
  • Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container and use by the next day.
Tried this recipe?Snap a photo and mention @all_thats_jas or tag #allthatsjas on Instagram for a chance to be featured!

NUTRITIONS:

Nutrition Facts
Polish Mizeria Salad with Cucumber and Sour Cream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 67 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 316mg13%
Potassium 151mg4%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 260IU5%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

DON’T MISS OUT!

Become a subscriber for recipes updates, tips, and freebies.

Sign up HERE and get your first freebie!

 

Follow me

Jas

publisher and creative director at All that's Jas
Jas is a cheesecake addict and the author of Balkan Comfort Food cookbook available on Amazon. You can download a free excerpt of the book when you subscribe to All that's Jas newsletter updates or purchase the full version below. To learn more about Jas visit her About page.
Follow me

Latest posts by Jas (see all)

Previous Story
Next Story

6 Comment

  1. Reply
    Ron
    May 14, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Jas, it’s always so interesting when recipes travel across borders. We have our “Krämig gurksallad” which is very similar. The only difference I see is that we usually use creme fraiche instead of sour cream and we add an optional squeeze of mayo. However, I’ve never seen radish in it, instead we add sliced red onion. This addition of radishes sounds great as I’m sure it adds a bit of spiciness and crunch to the salad. We always have the Swedish version at Midsummer’s Eve as it’s great with Matjessill (pickled herring), so this year I’ll be making your Polish version as I’m sure my lot will like it.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 17, 2019 at 11:07 am

      Ron, that is so true! Like I mentioned in the post, I grew up eating similar salad and we also add onions. Radishes are optional, I like that they add a bit of color and spiciness. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

  2. Reply
    sageandivydesigns
    May 31, 2019 at 7:52 am

    Yum, I am going to make this simply fresh salad.
    Pinned, Kippi

    1. Reply
      Jas
      May 31, 2019 at 6:53 pm

      So glad you like it, Kippi! It won’t disappoint you. 🙂

  3. Reply
    Suchot
    May 31, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Aww, this is so nostalgic for me! My Polish grandmother used to make this all the time in the summer 🙂 I haven’t had this in many years. <3

    1. Reply
      Jas
      June 1, 2019 at 8:31 am

      Awe, food always triggers the fondest memories of the people we love. <3 Hope you’ll be making your grandmother’s salad soon. Thanks for stopping in! xx

Let's talk!

shares
%d bloggers like this: