Mizeria: Polish Cucumber Salad

Mizeria z Zielonych Ogórków

When checking how popular mizeria is internationally, I stumbled upon a few articles stating that it’s name means “misery” in Polish.

While that’s technically true (maybe in a dictionary from hundred years ago), I guarantee you – if you say: “mizeria” out loud, fat zero of Poles will make any connection of that word with “misery”. All they’ll think about is delicious, crunchy cucumber salad. Absolutely perfect as a complimentary side dish for a typical Polish dinner.

Polish Cucumber salad with cream and radishes - "mizeria" on a marble table, view from the top

Fun fact – in Poland, we grow a lot of cukes. Tons, actually.
In 2014 we produced 514k tons (sic!) of this crunchy goodness. That’s a lot of mizeria and pickles! :-D

And you know what’s awesome about Mizeria?
Even if you’re a total beginner, and you have no clue what you’re doing – there is no way you’ll fail. I guarantee it will be tasty, no matter what. (unless you buy some dodgy cucumbers that is)

Close-up of Polish Cucumber salad with cream and radishes - "mizeria" on a marble table,.

Can I Make It With Yoghurt?

Sure you can! Use a natural yogurt instead of cream, and I often do. Make sure that the yoghurt isn’t overly runny, as ideally it should stick to cucumber slices. I buy creamier 10% fat greek yogurt.

What About Mizeria With Vinegar?

If you’re into more sour flavours, go for it – add a teaspoon or two of vinegar into the cream. I haven’t tried it myself, but it’s a common practice. I’ll try it next time and report back to you.


Polish Cucumber salad with cream and radishes - "mizeria" on a marble table.

Mizeria: Polish Cucumber Salad with Sour Cream

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

There is no way you’ll fail at preparing this crunchy cucumber salad. It's so easy and delicious. Perfect side dish for a heavier dinner.


  • 0.7 lbs (300g) fresh cucumbers (ideally seedless, English or Persian)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper , to taste
  • 2 tbsp chives or spring onions, chopped
  • Dill, to taste
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup (150g) cream, 18%
  • 3-4 radishes (optional)


  1. Wash the cucumbers and peel them.  
  2. Cut them into super-thin slices. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Combine with washed and chopped dill, chives, lemon juice and sour cream.
  4. Mix everything together. Garnish with more chopped dill or chopped radishes. Serve as a side.


  1. If you feel like you need more cream, go for it!
  2. You can replace cream with thick yoghurt.
  3. If you're making it a little bit in advance, keep chilled in the fridge.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 168Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 162mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 2g

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