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Traditionally-Polish salads, help needed

jonni 16 | 2,481
7 Jan 2010 #1

I'm going to a meal at the weekend here in PL, where different people are making different courses. The starter will be several salads, and I'm doing one of them.

Can anyone suggest a good recipe? It's for 45 (yes, forty-five) people, and shouldn't need anything doing at the last minute.

I doesn't have to be traditionally Polish, but at least 30 of the people eating it will be Polish, and mostly over 50, so should fit well with Polish tastes.

I'd have done a herring salad, but somebody else is doing that.

Any and all suggestions are very welcome!
1jola 14 | 1,879
7 Jan 2010 #2
Maybe canned tuna, chopped onion and cellery, and mayo? Easy enough.
OP jonni 16 | 2,481
7 Jan 2010 #3
That sounds nice :-)
clerynka - | 45
7 Jan 2010 #4
My boyfriend made me a lush Polish salad, he says is traditional in his family...

Raw chopped cabbage, red peppers (diced), cooked white rice, LOTS of black pepper, pickled cucumber/gherkin.....and some mayonaisse.
Might sound odd but was GORGEOUS. Black pepper v.important...

:) Hope this helps
7 Jan 2010 #5
where are you from?
it's be a good idea to prepare a typical meal from your country:)

traditional polish salad..ehm salatka jarzynowa
-cooked carrot,root parsley,celery root,potatoes,eggs
-cucumber,leek,canned sweet corn ,majonez,salt ,pepper
clerynka - | 45
7 Jan 2010 #6
cucumber,leek,canned sweet corn ,majonez,salt ,pepper

oooo, i might try that ;)
7 Jan 2010 #7
actually it's the most popular salad and i'm fed up with it:D i like to try new things, i 'll try yours;]
clerynka - | 45
7 Jan 2010 #8
hehe, hope it tastes as nice as I probably am making it out to be.
Does anyone have a recipe for a traditional Barscz (????) however its spelt. I'm fed up of the knorr packet mixes he has...
1jola 14 | 1,879
7 Jan 2010 #9
A note on the tuna salad:

Some people use canned corn instead of cellery, but I don't like it that way.

If prepared ahead of time it is good to cover with plastic wrap right on the salad so there is no air to discolor it (mayo).

The tuna available in PL is not the best but most Poles wouldn't know the difference between Albacore and Albatros(this is not a cut down, just a fact that they don't import good white tuna as it is more expensive).

The water needs draining by pressing the can's top against the fish.

Even if you don't make it for your event, it is always a nice, quick, light lunch with bread.

dhennie_jo 4 | 31
7 Jan 2010 #10
grate cabbage, carrots, apple, cucumber put mayo and lemon juice and also add little salt ^^ we use to eat it with breaded pork chop ^^
Steveramsfan 2 | 306
8 Jan 2010 #11
White rice, fine chopped gerkins, kidney beans, tinned peas, tinned sweetcorn, salt, pepper, mayo, yoghurt.

My gf makes this every party we have.

My gf's mum makes Barszcz by

Boiling the beetroots in a pan, peel them then grate them.

Add salt pepper and sugar to the red liquid.

I dont know how much salt, pepper and sugar, i think its just intuition to know how much :D
polkamaniac 1 | 482
9 Jan 2010 #12
Everybody likes potato salad and it can be made ahead of time.

ShawnH 8 | 1,491
9 Jan 2010 #13
Believe it or not, that is one dish I cannot tolerate.
polkamaniac 1 | 482
13 Jan 2010 #14
You have to like mayo---and I put it on almost everything---fries,sandwiches ,burgers etc.
OP jonni 16 | 2,481
13 Jan 2010 #15
Thanks for the advice. In the end, I made something like 1Jola's recipe, but with red and white beans and using red onion and finely sliced seler natrowy celery (as opposed to celeriac). I was worried I'd made too much (there were 4 salads as a starter for fortyfive people) but they loved it and ate the lot.

13 Jan 2010 #16
seler natrowy celery (as opposed to celeriac)

Seler naciowy ... is it available in Poland?
OP jonni 16 | 2,481
13 Jan 2010 #17

Bigger supermarkets have it, but it isn't popular - a bit of an exotic vegetable compared to celeriac.
13 Jan 2010 #18
I know it isn't. I'm surprised that they have it at all. Here in Canada it's hard to find what they call root celery (or celery rave in French).
pawian 224 | 24,452
25 Sep 2020 #19
but at least 30 of the people eating it will be Polish, and mostly over 50, so should fit well with Polish tastes.

To suit all their tastes, it should be mild and contain ingredients which Poles use every day: typical veg, chicken, ham, egg, cheese.

In August we attended a wedding party and they offered three kinds of salad, so guests had a choice. I immediately rejected the salad with pasta - a new invention which didn`t exist in my childhood and youth so I am still not accustomed to it.

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