15 September 2010

Cucumber salad

In Polish meals, you don't really see the huge green salad full of veggies so popular in the States. Salads (or "salatkas" - little salads) often comprise just two to three vegetables covered with a dressing of some sort. And in my family, we ate them with, rather than before, a meal. One of my favorites has always been "mizerja," which is a simple cucumber salad. My mom added only thinly-sliced cucumbers and onions and topped it off with a garlic-infused sour cream dressing.

Since I had scant cucumbers to harvest - not nearly enough to pickle - I decided to make my own version of mizerja.

(tiny cukes)

I bastardized it a bit by adding in a few additional veggies I had on hand. This makes a great summer salad, even if summer is finally drawing to a close.

My version of mizerja
  • Thinly sliced cucumbers (I used a combo of fresh pickling and slicing cukes, but I sliced them too thick)
  • Chopped green onions
  • Chopped garlic scapes (the shoots that grow out of recently-planted garlic cloves)
  • Sliced tomatoes
For the dressing:
  • sour cream (or buttermilk)
  • Minced garlic to taste
  • salt and pepper
The rest is pretty simple. Mix together dressing ingredients and pour on top of veggies. Couldn't be easier!

This blog post is part of Simple Lives Thursday.


  1. We have quite a few cucumbers from our garden and this sounds like a delicious way to use them.


  2. This sounds really fresh and delicious - thanks for sharing such a lovely (and easy!) salad idea.

  3. Thanks for the comments. :)

    Brenda, I'm drooling over your canning pantry!

  4. This looks so good! I always have plain yogurt on hand so I think I'll give it a try! Thanks for contributing to Simple Lives Thursday!