Polish Salads

Cucumber Salad (Mizeria)

According to legends, this salad was Queen Bona Sforza's favourite. Mizeria which means misery in Latin, it was believed that Bona Sforza had cried from homesickness for her native Italy while eating it.

1 large cucumber
5 oz sour cream
juice of half a lemon
1 tsp salt
2 tbs freshly chopped dill (for garnish)

Peel and thinly slice the cucumber. Place it in a colander, sprinkle with salt and leave for 30 minutes for the juices to drain. Rinse and drain thoroughly. Arrange the cucumber in a salad dish. Meanwhile, make the dressing from sour cream and lemon juice. Pour over the cucumber and garnish with dill. Serves 4.

Lettuce Salad (Salata po Polsku)

2 crisp iceberg lettuce
5 oz sour cream
1 tbs chopped dill
1 tsp lemon juice
salt and sugar
2 eggs, hard-boiled and diced

Separate leaves of the lettuce and was and dry it thoroughly. Tear into bite-size pieces and arrange in a salad bowl. Meanwhile make the dressing by add sour cream, chopped dill, lemon juice, salt and sugar. Pour over salad and toss well. Sprinkle with diced eggs and serve. Serves 6.