Mizeria is the easiest and the most delicious salad there is. It’s very delicate, crunchy and perfect as a side for dinner. Mizeria is basically a mix of cucumbers, sour cream, dill, salt, pepper and sometimes onion.

July is a great time to get fresh cucumbers. Back in Poland me and my family had at least one day devoted entirely to making all sorts of pickles. We seriously had that many cucumbers it would take all day to wash them, prepare jars, put them in and pickle. As much as I love pickles I think I love cucumbers even more. When they are fresh they don’t need much more. Mizeria is really easy. Let’s get to it!

I sliced cucumbers. I had the little pickling ones, but the big ones will do to.


Onion is optional but I think it adds nice flavor. It’s important not to add too much of it because it can easily overpower cucumbers. I sprinkled some on top, it was about 1/4 cup.


Now the sauce. It’s basically sour cream with a splash of lemon juice, salt, pepper and chopped dill. To make it a little lighter you can use plain yogurt instead of sour cream.


Now the last thing to do is to mix all of the ingredients together and sprinkle some extra dill on top. It tastes best when chilled. Enjoy!




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  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1/4 cup of sour cream
  • 1/4 cup of onion
  • juice from half a lemon
  • Fresh dill
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Slice cucumbers and dice onion.
  2. Mix sour cream, lemon juice, a handful of chopped dill a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Mix everything together. Sprinkle some extra dill on top. Serve chilled.

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