This easy no-cook recipe for Polish carrot salad or surówka z marchewki (soo-RROOF-kah z mah-RREF-kee) is from chef Halina Piedziak of Pałac Łochów in the Polish village of Łochów.
Łochów Palace is a renovated manor house on a beautiful property now serving as upscale lodging and a conference center. It was one of the stops on my tour of the Mazovia region with Poland Culinary Vacations.
The difference between surówka and sałatka is that the former salad is made with fresh, raw vegetables and the latter salad can be a meat, seafood or vegetable salad made with cooked ingredients. See the section on Polish salads, below, after the directions for this recipe.
Here is a larger photo of Polish carrot salad.
- 5 peeled and coarsely grated large carrots
- 1 peeled, cored and coarsely grated large Granny Smith apple
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tablespoon sunflower or vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup dark or light raisins that have been plumped in water 15 minutes (optional)
- Salt to taste
- Sugar to taste
- In a large bowl, mix together 5 peeled and coarsely grated large carrots, 1 peeled, cored and coarsely grated large Granny Smith apple, juice of 1/2 lemon, 1 tablespoon sunflower or vegetable oil, 1/2 cup plumped and drained dark or light raisins, if using, salt to taste, and sugar to taste.
- After ingredients are thoroughly mixed, refrigerate, covered, until cold. Serve on chilled salad plates or pass around at the table. This is a great salad option for a brunch or buffet table.
A sałatka typically is a cold salad made of cooked ingredients. Sałatki might include chicken, tuna, ham, beef, frankfurter, egg, and other cooked proteins dressed with sour cream or Polish mayonnaise. Others are made with cooked vegetables like potatoes, potatoes and herring (), beets, and others. Here are more Polish sałatka recipes:
- Sałatka Ziemniaczana - Polish Potato Salad Recipe
- Salatka z Ananasem i Kurczakiem - Polish Pineple Chicken Salad Recipe
- Sałatka Wiosenna - Polish Spring Salad Recipe
A surówka is a cold salad made with raw ingredients like this carrot salad as well as sliced cucumbers in sour cream (mizeria). Other surówki are lettuce (sałata) salads, grated carrot and apple salads, sauerkraut and fresh cabbage salads, beet salads, radish salads, and more.
Surówki typically accompanies hot meals. They change based on seasonal produce. So in the winter, root vegetable salads figure prominently. An exception to the naming convention, among many others, is surówka z szynka i owoce which includes cooked ham along with the fresh fruit. Here are more Eastern European raw salad recipes: