Mizeria Salad Will Leave You Happy

Mizeria Salad
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They often say that misery loves company, but in this case, we love “misery”! Mizeria, which translates from Polish as “misery”, is the bizarre name given to this otherwise delightful salad. Because it includes only a handful of ingredients it earned a reputation as food for the poor, but we think the combination of being quick, easy, and delicious puts this cucumber salad’s worth way above the rest.


  • 2 English cucumbers
  • 1 medium red onion, finely sliced
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh dill
  • ¾ teaspoon sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Cut the cucumbers in half and then slice each half down the middle lengthwise. Use the tip of a teaspoon to scoop out the center seeds. Cut each half into thin slices and place in a colander with the onion. Toss with the salt and let them sit in the sink for at least 30 minutes, until the water drains out.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, white wine vinegar, dill, sugar, and black pepper and mix well.
  3. When the cucumbers and onions are ready, remove any excess water by tapping the colander several times on the base of the sink, then use a large wad of paper towels or clean dish towel to pat the vegetables dry. Add them to the dressing and toss well. Cover and chill until ready to serve.