15 September 2010

Cucumber salad

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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.

5 comments:

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

    -Brenda

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

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  3. Thanks for the comments. :)

    Brenda, I'm drooling over your canning pantry!

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  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!

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