Everyone loves a good salad, and this Sour Cream Cucumber Salad will not disappoint! Mum always made this salad using fresh cucumbers picked from the garden.
This recipe is of Polish origin called Mizeria, which literally translates to misery. It’s a basic poor man’s salad with using only sour cream and cucumbers. Some variations add dill and onions, which is my favorite way to eat this. This Sour Cream Cucumber Salad is similar to Russian Radish and Cucumber Salad. If you love radishes, check it out.
How To Make Mizeria
I use Long English Cucumbers for this recipe, but you can use a common Eastern European Pickle Cucumber too. You might need to peel the skin from those cucumbers if they are bitter. That’s why Long English are easier. It couldn’t be easier to make, especially with fresh cucumbers from your garden.
I make homemade sour cream in the summertime, which tastes great in Mizeria. You could use Greek Yogurt for a lower fat substitute, or even use Kefir as well. Some recipes tell you to salt the cucumbers to allow to juices to release, then squeeze it out. I find that this adds unnecessary time to an easy recipe. Just chop and mix it all together and serve right away. We never have leftovers from this cucumber salad, so I don’t worry about cucumber juices releasing.
The shared history of Slavic Eastern European nations also extends to the foods we all enjoy across our cultures (pre and post Soviet). I love Eastern European cooking, and this Creamy Cucumber Salad or Mizeria, is a staple on my summer table (or when cucumbers are on sale!). Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
Mizeria - Creamy Cucumber Salad
Mizeria - Creamy Cucumber Salad is super easy to make, only takes minutes, and so delicious. This Eastern European classic has roots in Poland. The simple cucumbers and sour cream salad with fresh dill and onions is a perfect summer salad.
- 2 Long English Cucumbers sliced
- ½ cup sour cream or substitute Greek Yogurt
- ¼ cup fresh dill chopped
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- ½ small white onion thinly sliced
- salt and black pepper to taste
Place all ingredients in a bowl, mix together and enjoy!
Can be made in advance and kept in fridge. Don't add the salt until you are ready to serve, as it releases the juices from the cucumber.