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Originally from London, I moved to Poland to absorb as much of the culture as humanly posssible. Maybe the biggest influence on me has been the food and I credit my adopted babcia, (Polish for grandmother) Ania, with much of the information here. I lived in Zielona Gora and Szklarska Poreba which are in the west and south-west of Poland respectively.
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Monday, 16 July 2007

Salatka (Polish salad)

Salatka (pronounced sa-wat-ka) is a Polish salad but not like the green leaf salad that I was used to. In fact in London I made a green leaf side salad for a Polish person at work with large cuts of onion and tomato etc. but the fresh out of her country pole was at a loss as to how to eat this salad because the pieces were so large! A Polish salad has the ingredients cut small (see photo above) and has a quite different appearance from leaf salad but resembles a pasta salad with no pasta. Salatka is one of my favourite new foods but it will not replace a green salad for me, perhaps pasta salad.

There are many types of salatka with different ingredients but my favourite is this one:

  • Potato (2 med)

  • Eggs (4)

  • Carrot (2)

  • Parsnip root (2)

  • Celery root (0.5)

  • Apple (1)

  • Gherkin (2 large, marinated)

  • Mustard

  • Mayonnaise (full fat tastes best)

  • Salt/pepper


1. Boil all veg until soft and hard boil eggs.

2. Peel veg and apple.

3. Dice veg and eggs as small as possible and place in dish.

4. Add mustard, mayonnaise, salt and pepper and mix. There is no right amount of these. When a different person makes it they add different amounts and it comes out slightly different each time. Experiment and have fun with it.

Babcia uses Polish mayonnaise made by Winiary which is better than any I tasted in England.

There are many types of mustard in Polska kuchnie (Polish cuisine) and although babcja uses a type called sarepska (see photos).

Try this if you want (get them from Polski sklep or Polish shop), or use other mustards, mayos and vegetables in different ratios. There is no exact recipe - experiment.

Salatka is great on it's own or with kielbasa or on a kanapka. I have tried it with most things and it's great.


Anonymous said...

You forgot green peas

whosthedady said...

Hi thanks for comment.
Peas sound good also

Anonymous said...

Parsnip root is not used in salatka originally. It is about parsley root, which looks the same, but tastes a bit different, less sweet. parsnip is called in Polish 'pasternak' and was used to feed (sorry) pigs.

Anonymous said...

Man, hehe should be Parsley root (Petroselinum crispum) not Parsnip root (to feed animals).

We use 'ogorek kiszony'(type of cucumber) too in this recipe.

I did not hear about mustard in this recipe all my live.


Polish Mama on the Prairie said...

Yumm, my husband gobbles this salad up.

I also add diced ham in it and the green peas.


Anonymous said...

and sweetcorn and peppers...

Saad said...

Parsnip main is not used in salatka initially. It is about parsley main, which looks the same, but preferences a bit different, less lovely. parsnip is known as in Gloss 'pasternak' it is also very good for health.