Monday, July 14, 2014

Mama's Favorite Summer Salads -- Totally Polish & Totally Awesome

Peter's Mother loved the fresh salads of summer because they were so light, refreshing, and paired well with almost any meal.  She would make enough to last several days and we all loved it.  

Now that the hot weather is here, there’s not much better than a chilled salad to accompany lunch or supper. We get our vegetables fresh off the farm from a nearby  farmers' market, and they are always bright, crunchy, and delicious.  These salads are healthy, and with a slight tang of the sour cream, they are totally Polish.  The sour cream is a theme running through these recipes because sour cream is a very popular element of classic Polish cuisine. Used in moderation, sour cream is a great flavor enhancer and a very popular ingredient in Polish preparations - especially when topped with fresh chopped dill or parsley.   Smacznego!

Radishes With Sour Cream  (Serves 5)

3 bunches fresh radishes, sliced thinly
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
Lettuce leaves
1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill

Sprinkle salt over the radishes and combine with sour
 cream.  Spread artfully over lettuce leaves and sprinkle
dill on top.

Carrot, Apple & Horseradish Salad  (Serves 4)

6 medium carrots, peeled and shredded
2 apples, peeled, cored and shredded
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
Salt and sugar
2/3 cup sour cream
Green parsley, chopped

Combine the carrots, apple and horseradish.  Season with both salt and sugar, fold in the sour cream.  Chill for 15 minutes, garnish with parsley for color.

Carrot & Rhubarb Salad  (Serves 4)

4 medium carrots, peeled and shredded
2 stalks of rhubarb, finely sliced
1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sour cream
Lettuce leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Sprinkle the sugar on the rhubarb.  Mix with the carrots. Season with salt to taste, mix in the Sour cream.  Arrange on the lettuce leaves.  Sprinkle parsley over the top for garnish.

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