I don’t remember a single holiday or party in my house growing up where this salad was not part of the menu.
It goes so well with eggs and Polish sausage for Easter. Or pierogi on Christmas Eve.
But best of all it’s a delicious and healthy, side dish (or main dish) for me during the summer months.
There are many variations to this recipe, especially depending on the region in Poland someone is from. It can also be changed around based on what you have on hand or personal preferences.
This is the version that my family makes, and that I have always made.
- 3-4 large potatoes
- 1 16oz bag of frozen mixed vegetables
- 2 eggs
- 2 apples
- 3 pickles
- 3 T mayonnaise (low fat or Miracle Whip)
- 2 T mustard
- salt & pepper
- fresh dill
1. Start with potatoes. Boil, cool, and chop into bite sized pieces.
2. Boil the frozen veggies until cooked, yet still crispy.
3. Boil the 2 eggs.
4. Wait until both the veggies and eggs cool before chopping up and mixing with the salad to avoid the salad turning into mush.
5. While the boiled items cool, chop up the apples and pickles. I know apples and pickles sound like an awkward combination, but they add a little sweetness, saltiness, and crunch to the salad.
6. Add mayo, mustard, dill, and salt and pepper, or really any other spices you wish.
7. Mix it all up, taste test, and adjust seasoning until it tastes good!
8. Decorate the top with more dill.
9. Place in fridge for all the flavors to meld together, into one big party in your mouth of sweet, crunchy, fresh, and delicious.
Do you have a side dish that is engraved in your family tradition as part of every celebration? Have you ever made any variations of this salad?