Here is a salad made with one of Poland’s favourite vegetables – cabbage – and is one I have been making for many, many years since it was given to me by one of my cousins (British born like me) who lives in Wembley.
However it is not a classic Polish salad because it contains oranges which would have been a luxury item in times gone by and certainly in communist times when nothing was imported that was not strictly necessary.
There are just 3 main ingredients & a couple of options for the dressing.
The amounts here are just a guide – for example – I just usually add a handfull of raisins – this time I weighed them.
- Around half a small white cabbage
- 2 Oranges
- 80g Raisins
- Dressing – mayonnaise or yoghurt or a mixture of the two
- A pinch of salt & pepper to taste.
Peel the oranges, cut them into slices, separate the segments and then chop these into small pieces.
Finely shred the cabbage
Mix the oranges, raisins & cabbage together.
- Add the dressing (see below) and mix well together.
- You can add salt and pepper here if desired – I find just a tiny amount is needed.
Served here in Royal Doulton, Carnation, 1982 – 1998
- Mayonnaise – I use Hellmann’s – original or light
- Greek yoghurt
- Mayonnaise & Greek Yoghurt
- Any of the above with some extra orange juice.
I tend to make this salad a while before it is needed as with the magic of osmosis – raisins become plumped up with the juice from the oranges & the dressing becomes sweet from the sugars in the raisins.
This salad goes well with roast dinners, cold smoked meats and Polish style sausages.