Cucumber Salad (Mizeria)

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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
150 ml sour cream
1 tsp salt
2 tbs freshly chopped dill (for garnish)
Pepper to taste


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 pepper. Pour over the cucumber and garnish with dill. Serves 4.

Comments (7)
  • Leslie
    For an even healthier recipe, I mix in onions and use plain yogurt instead of sour cream. Tastes fantastic!!!
  • AP
    BB Adding mandarins and mint to it sounds great! I definitely will give it a try. Thanks for sharing!
  • bb
    last time I have put in some mint and mandarins it was nice...............
  • Marcia  - Cucumber Salad
    My mother always used very thinly sliced onions . She also added 1 Tbsp Vinegar and 1 Tbsp Sugar to the sour cream. I can eat this every day of the week!
  • cathy
    cuke salad
  • Craig
    such a nice, fast, and healthy dish! Everyone couldn't get enough. I will definatly make this again. Thank you!
  • Gloria
    Ah, yes! Perfect with mashed potato and pork chops!
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