Originally posted on my blog
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.
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!