Mizeria: Polish Cucumber Salad

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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.

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)

Mizeria: Polish Cucumber Salad with Sour Cream

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 30 minutes
Author Kasia


  • 300 gram fresh cucumbers (ideally seedless, English or Persian,) 0.7 lbs
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp chives or spring onions chopped
  • dill to taste
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup cream 18%, 150g


  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 and serve with your lunch or dinner dish.

Recipe Notes

That’s how I roughly make mizeria. If you feel like you need more cream, go for it!

Polish Cucumber Salad FAQ

Can make it with yogurt?

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 Polish cucumber salad 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.

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