Beach Cottage Recipe Mizeria Cucumber Summer Salad
Mon 9th, Mar, 2015
Helllloooo beach cottage friends, here today with a recipe for Cucumber Salad, it’s a Polish dish, Mizeria, and I have been making it for years… it’s super simple, tasty, easy and you know, ticks all those recipe boxes we all like to tick.
I first made this years ago when I came across it on that forum I used to belong to that I’ve told you about before (it’s now defunct). It wasn’t much more than an instruction really, as in, cut up some cucumbers and onion very finely, add a few dollops of sour cream, salt and pepper, dill, squeeze lemon over, the end. I made it. We LOVED it. I have been making it ever since.
So this week I was shopping for dinner and cucumbers were on special, ridiculously cheap and so in they went for this salad, it’s such a great dish to serve alongside meat or chicken and plates are always empty with this one – I reckon that is really the only way to tell if a recipe is really a winner…
In my travels in Cucumber Salad Surfing over the years I have seen many ways to make this super simple dish a total faff, removing the seeds of the cucumbers, searching for a certain type of cucumber, adding in different steps along the way, using a certain dressing…in experimenting with all of that I have learnt a few things.
Firstly any old cucumbers will be fine, for this I used Lebanese Cucumbers (not sure what they are called in other parts of the world and never saw cucumbers like these in England so I am not very well informed, I think the smaller cucumbers like these are called ‘pickling cucumbers?)…and I have used English cucumbers too for this recipe (I go for whatever is most budget-friendly at the time), secondly if you are fussy about things being watery you will need to let the sliced up cucumbers sit for a bit before you put the salad together, thirdly I think sour cream works best though I’ve seen lots of other things used and lastly if you do have dill it is very very nice, if you can’t get your hands on it (as I couldn’t this time) it’s still very very nice.
When I was making this I realised that I have this strange thing about recipes with only a couple of ingredients, it makes me particularly happy when the recipe with only a few ingredients is for salad…ask me why that is I do not know, but it feels a bit cheeky to produce with a flourish a dish such as this that gets ooooohs and ahhhs when in your head you know that all you did was chop up cucumbers and an onion. Yup love that.
Easy Cucumber Salad Mizeria Recipe
3 Lebanese cucumbers very finely sliced (or 1 large English cucumber)
1/2 medium onion very finely sliced
3 spring onions (optional if not using use more regular onion)
juice from half a lemon
two heaped tbsp sour cream
1. assemble your cucumbers and onion on a plate
2. add sour cream, lemon, salt and pepper
3. taste and adjust (you may need more lemon juice)
Notes* for sour cream you can sub cream, mayonnaise or yoghurt *the finer you can slice the better this is – you don’t want big slices of either cucumber or onion *this likes to sit for a bit to get the flavours mingling however that also means the liquid starts to come out of the cucumbers which if you do not like watery things may be a problem we don’t mind – if so then when you slice up your cucumbers pop them on a plate and leave them in the fridge for an hour and drain off the water before putting this salad together.
I have realised as I have been writing this that I have lots of salads up my sleeve with a few ingredients, some have 1 main ingredient, that fills me with some kinda warped housewife glee, really I am that exciting in my life…there is a French carrot salad here that I haven’t made for ages but will be soon, this radish salad omg it’s so good, and this is a good one when having friend’s for dinner radish salad here.
OK I am going to go off and grate a couple of apples and present it to the other members of this old place as their dinner tonight.