Polish Potato Salad and Drunk Pork Tenderloin


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Η συνταγή και στα ελληνικά στο τέλος της ανάρτησης!

Today I am going to share with you a very funny story on how Greeks started to consume potatoes many, many years ago.

Story says that, during the first years (1830) of the newborn Greek nation after its liberation from the Ottomans,  John Kapodistrias its first governor, imported potatoes or geomila as they were called back then, here and urged people to start including them in their diet. He offered the seeds free to whoever wanted to cultivate them and he encouraged every step towards this direction.

Unfortunately, all this activity wasn’t received as warmly as anyone would expect. Locals were very suspicious and reserved and didn’t want even to try these new potatoes. They refused to cultivate them and potatoes were rotting in the warehouses.

Kapodistrias was a man of deep knowledge of the local mentality and so, he realized that unless he could think something out of the ordinary to make the local people accept this new produce and include it in their everyday meals, these seeds will eventually become useless and waste.

So, he did the following, he cultivated a big piece of land with potatoes and once the plants started giving fruits, he put armed guardians around the land 24 hours a day not letting anyone pass.

When the locals saw this, they started thinking that since the governor put all these armed men to guard the land, then this produce must have great value. How stupid of them not to take advantage of that previous offer! And now how were they going to get their hands on these fruits? By stealing them of course.

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They waited till night and when the guards were taking a nap, they went in and took as many potatoes as they could. Of course the armed men were in the know by Kapodistrias. They pretended they were sleeping and to let them take as much as they could.

The rest is all history. This is how, my dear friends, potato came into the lives of the Greeks and it became an irreplaceable part of our diet. It also proves that humans always crave what they don’t and can’t have!

When I saw this potato salad in Sissi’s blog With a Glass, I immediately bookmarked the recipe. Sissi is a Polish girl who lives, along with her family, in Switzerland. She is a big lover of Greek kitchen and she is also a master in Asian dishes as well. She is a warm and very kind person and I always enjoy exchanging ideas on Greek and other countries’ food.

So, going back to the salad, once I saw it, I was certain that this potato salad somehow someday would end up on my table. And it did and it was so delicious, my husband took the very few leftovers with him at work. Because we are also carnivores, we accompanied the salad with this very easy yet extremely tasty Pork Tenderloin with Sangria and Dijon Mustard. It was a very filling and tasty meal and it gave me the chance to talk to my son about another country, Poland for that matter, and its people and kitchen. Thanks Sissi for the beautiful recipe and for sharing it with us. It is definitely a keeper.

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Polish Potato Salad

 

Ingredients

4 potatoes

3 carrots

4 pickled cucumbers

2 cups peas

4 eggs

½ onion (you can add one onion, I have stomach issues and I cannot eat too much)

2 apples

2 tsp Dijon mustard

10 tbsp mayonnaise

2 tsp white wine vinegar

Salt and pepper

10 drops of liquid stevia

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Instructions

Boil together the potatoes and carrots until they start to soften.

We don’t want them too soft or they will be mashed when we mix them with the other ingredients.

Boil the peas or you can use canned ones.

Boil the eggs.

Drain the potatoes and carrots and cut them in cubes.

Do the same with the eggs.

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Chop the onion.

Cut the pickled cucumbers and apples in cubes too.

Take a big deep bowl and add everything including mustard, mayo, vinegar, stevia salt and pepper.

Mix gently and taste to adjust in salt and pepper.

Put in the fridge for an hour and serve cold.

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Drunk Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients

1,5 kilo / 3lb. pork tenderloin, cut in slices 1,5cm / 0.5 in. thick

50 gr. / 2 oz. mushrooms, sliced

1 small onion, sliced

1 cup sangria

1 knorr vegetable stock in jelly form not the cubes

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper

1 tbsp corn starch

1 tbsp water

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Instructions

Sauté onion and mushrooms in medium heat until they start to soften.

Add the pork slices and sauté for a couple of minutes each side.

Pour the sangria wine and increase the heat to high.

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Let the wine to be reduced in half, decrease the heat to low and add the vegetable stock jelly, the Dijon, balsamic, salt and pepper.

Let it simmer for 20 minutes and then add the corn starch.

Increase the heat to medium and let the sauce thicken.

Remove from fire and serve while it is warm.

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4.9 from 7 reviews
Polish Potato Salad
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Salad
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Polish
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 4 potatoes
  • 3 carrots
  • 4 pickled cucumbers
  • 2 cups peas
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ onion (you can add one onion, I have stomach issues and I cannot eat too much)
  • 2 apples
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 10 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 10 drops of liquid stevia
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Boil together the potatoes and carrots until they start to soften.
  2. We don’t want them too soft or they will be mashed when we mix them with the other ingredients.
  3. Boil the peas or you can use canned ones.
  4. Boil the eggs.
  5. Drain the potatoes and carrots and cut them in cubes.
  6. Do the same with the eggs.
  7. Chop the onion.
  8. Cut the pickled cucumbers and apples in cubes too.
  9. Take a big deep bowl and add everything including mustard, mayo, vinegar, stevia salt and pepper.
  10. Mix gently and taste to adjust in salt and pepper.
  11. Put in the fridge for an hour and serve cold.
Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Recipe adapted from Sissi's blog With a Glass

4.9 from 7 reviews
Drunk Pork Tenderloin
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Main Course
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: International
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 1,5 kilo / 3lb. pork tenderloin, cut in slices 1,5cm / 0.5 in. thick
  • 50 gr. / 2 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 cup sangria
  • 1 knorr vegetable stock in jelly form not the cubes
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp water
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Sauté onion and mushrooms in medium heat until they start to soften.
  2. Add the pork slices and sauté for a couple of minutes each side.
  3. Pour the sangria wine and increase the heat to high.
  4. Let the wine to be reduced in half, decrease the heat to low and add the vegetable stock jelly, the Dijon, balsamic, salt and pepper.
  5. Let it simmer for 20 minutes and then add the corn starch.
  6. Increase the heat to medium and let the sauce thicken.
  7. Remove from fire and serve while it is warm.

4.9 from 7 reviews
Πολωνέζικη Πατατοσαλάτα
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Σαλάτα
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Πολωνική
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 4 πατάτες
  • 3 καρότα
  • 4 αγγουράκια τουρσί
  • 2 φλ. αρακά
  • 4 αυγά
  • ½ κρεμμύδι (μπορείτε να προσθέσετε ένα κρεμμύδι, εγώ έχω προβλήμα στο στομάχι και δεν μπορώ πολύ κρεμμύδι)
  • 2 μήλα
  • 2 κ.γ. μουστάρδα Ντιζόν
  • 10 κ.σ. μαγιονέζα
  • 2 κ.γ. άσπρο ξύδι από κρασί
  • Αλάτι και πιπέρι
  • 10 σταγόνες υγρή στέβια
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Βράζετε μαζί τις πατάτες και τα καρότα μέχρι να μαλακώσουν.
  2. Δεν θέλουμε να είναι πάρα πολύ μαλακά γιατί θα λιώσουν όταν τα ανακατέψουμε με τα υπόλοιπα υλικά.
  3. Βράστε τον αρακά.
  4. Βράστε τα αυγά, σφιχτά.
  5. Στραγγίστε τις πατάτες και τα καρότα και κόψτε τα σε κύβους.
  6. Κάντε το ίδιο με τα αυγά.
  7. Ψιλοκόψτε το κρεμμύδι.
  8. Κόψτε τα αγγούρια τουρσί και τα μήλα σε κύβους.
  9. Πάρτε ένα μεγάλο, βαθύ μπολ και προσθέστε τα πάντα, συμπεριλαμβανομένων μουστάρδα, μαγιονέζα, ξίδι, stevia αλάτι και πιπέρι.
  10. Ανακατέψτε απαλά και δοκιμάστε αν χρειάζεται κι άλλο αλάτι και πιπέρι.
  11. Βάλτε στο ψυγείο για μια ώρα και σερβίρετε τη κρύα.
Notes/ Σημειώσεις
Συνταγή προσαρμογή από το site της Sissi With a Glass

4.9 from 7 reviews
Ψαρονέφρι με Σανγκρία και Ντιζόν
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Κυρίως Πιάτο
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Διεθνής
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 1,5 κιλό χοιρινό φιλέτο, κομμένο σε φέτες πάχους 1,5cm
  • 50 γρ. μανιτάρια, κομμένα σε φέτες
  • 1 μικρό κρεμμύδι, κομμένο σε φέτες
  • 1 φλ. σαγκρία
  • 1 knorr λαχανικών σε ζελέ όχι τον κύβο
  • 1 κ.σ. μουστάρδα Ντιζόν
  • 1 κ.σ. βαλσάμικο ξύδι
  • Αλάτι και πιπέρι
  • 1 κ.σ. κορν φλάουρ
  • 1 κ.σ. νερό
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Σοτάρετε το κρεμμύδι και τα μανιτάρια σε μέτρια φωτιά μέχρι να μαλακώσουν.
  2. Προσθέστε το χοιρινό φέτες και σοτάρετε για λίγα λεπτά κάθε πλευρά.
  3. Σβήστε με το κρασί σανγκρία και δυναμώστε τη φωτιά στην υψηλή θερμοκρασία.
  4. Αφήστε το κρασί να μειωθεί στο μισό και χαμηλώστε τη θερμότητα στο χαμηλό και προσθέστε τον knorr, τη Ντιζόν, το ξύδι, αλάτι και πιπέρι.
  5. Αφήστε το να σιγοβράσει για 20 λεπτά και στη συνέχεια προσθέστε το κορν φλάουερ.
  6. Δυναμώστε τη φωτιά στο μέσο και αφήστε τη σάλτσα να δέσει.
  7. Αφαιρέστε από τη φωτιά και σερβίρετε ενώ είναι ζεστό.

 

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51 Responses to Polish Potato Salad and Drunk Pork Tenderloin

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  1. Happy Friday! Just wanted to let you know that your yummy recipe is one of my favorite recipes from last week’s Get Him Fed Friday. You are welcome to come grab a featured badge and join the party again! Hope to see you there! :)

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  3. Yum, this looks amazing! I love potato salad! Pinning this for sure, and I just wanted to let you know that I featured this on my blog this morning; thanks for sharing at the Creativity Unleashed link party!

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  5. Marti says:

    This sounds and looks amazing!! I would love to have this sitting in front of me for dinner. Thank you for sharing it with us! :) I’m pinning it to the party board. :)

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  7. What a funny story! Thanks for sharing these recipes on Foodie Friday. The salad sounds delicious.

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  9. Nici says:

    I’ve never seen a potato salad with peas and carrots in it! Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at the Creative Ways Link Party. Hope you’ll be back with more great recipes this week.
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  11. I would say he was a smart leader, he knew how to sell it to people, and the potato looks absolutely delicious, love the fresh colours in there :)

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  13. KC Kahn says:

    Thanks so much for joining in #theWeekendSocial. Love the combo of your potato salad. The colors are beautiful. Please come join us again next week! :)

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  15. Your meal sounds very good. The polish potato salad reminds me a little of Russian potato salad except for the apples.

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  17. wow, you bring a boring pork tenderloin to the next level…..
    great job!!!

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  19. Shannon says:

    Looks so good – bookmarked for future reference!! Mmmm, rated 5 stars because I know it will be amazing!

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  21. Great combo and this salad looks super delicious!

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  23. Diane Balch says:

    what a brilliant story about how the Greeks started eating potatoes. Growing ups Southern Italian I am fairly new to eating potatoes… never had them as a kid. Pinning this salad…not familiar with it at all. Looks great. So glad you brought this by foodie friday.

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  25. Kathy says:

    How funny is human nature? Always wanting what is forbidden. Your potato salad and pork tenderloin both look wonderfully delicious! I will bookmark both! Happy weekend, Katerina!

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  27. Erlene says:

    I’ve never tried apples in a potato salad before. Very interesting and I love the story too. Thanks for sharing on The Weekend Social.

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  29. Cheryl says:

    I found your post on Get Him Fed & I’d love it if you would share your recipe on this week’s The Yuck Stops Here link party that ends Sunday evening at 8pm ET! You can find us at http://mommasangelbaby.com/the-yuck-stops-here-6/. Hope to see you there! HUGS

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  31. Crystelle says:

    Congratulations Katerina! Your post has been featured: http://www.crystelleboutique.com/1/post/2014/05/boost-your-post-party-10-may-2014.html
    Thanks for these awesome recipes!!
    :)
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

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  33. What a tasty salad, but I really like the drunken pork tenderloin. 😉

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  35. grace says:

    that’s a truly unique potato salad and i like the looks of it! the pork would be great…if it weren’t for those pesky mushrooms. :)

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  37. Deepti says:

    Ha ha:) What a fun way to introduce Potatoes to the people and I must say Kapodistrias was a really smart Governor… Potato salad looks fantastic….

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  39. Susan says:

    That is such a funny story! Sometimes, when we think something has great value we all want to have it :) Lovely potato salad. I’ve never added carrots before and it’s a great idea. The drunken pork looks delicious!

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  41. gloria says:

    Love this polish potato salad! look delicious!

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  43. Two wonderful recipes! That potato salad looks super delish! Thank you for sharing with us at Simple Supper Tuesday.

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  45. dina says:

    this looks like a delicious, comforting meal!

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  47. Beth says:

    Fantastic story! Human nature is funny, isn’t it?

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  49. Joanne says:

    I truly can’t imagine a life without potatoes, so I’m glad they came around! What a great salad!

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  51. nipponnin says:

    Lovely salad! I like all the ingredients!

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  53. Juliana says:

    I love potato salad with apples…and the drunk pork tenderloin looks delicious, I never thought in adding sangria…great great idea Katerina.
    Oh! Very interesting about the introduction of potatoes in Greece :)
    Hope you are enjoying your week my dear.

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  55. Marion says:

    Και μάθημα ιστορίας και μαγειρικής..

    Η πατατοσαλάτα πολύ ωραία. Το μήλο με ενθουσίασε και είμαι σίγουρη πως θα μου αρέσει..θα την δοκιμάσω.
    Αλλά και το χοιρινό τέλειο. Διπλό χτύπημα και για βράδυ έφαγα ένα τοστ…μόνο!

    Φιλιά :)

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  57. Catherine says:

    A beautiful potato salad to serve with the warm weather coming.
    I love pork and the recipe sounds wonderful. Blessings, Catherine

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  59. HAHAHAHA!! What a fun and a funny story!! Cracked me up :) This salad is beautiful.

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  61. This looks soooooo good Katerina!! I have had polish potato salad and it is sooo filling, LOVE it! Also LOVE the drunk pork tenderloin, YUMMMMM! Sangria, sounds like a great meal together!

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  63. Liz says:

    What a clever governor!!! And a lovely veggie packed potato salad, too. Your pork looks delicious as well!

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  65. Loved the story and a fun read this lazy Wednesday morning. I really like the peas and dill in this potato salad. However, your drunken pork looks even more delicious. I am certain it is tender and delicious. Have a super week. Take care, BAM

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  67. Beautiful dishes both of them. That reminds me of Russian Potato salad also. It’s really delicious, I would skip the onion (I am having stomach issues also) the pork recipe is fantastic!

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  69. rosita says:

    Un gran plato sabroso y lindo pra celebrar,tomo nota,abrazos

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  71. That is indeed a very funny story Katerina. And the potato salad looks great. And I love my pork drunk 😉 Very hardy meal.

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  73. Mari Nunez says:

    Both are mouthwatering recipes. I love the salad, it is very similar to one that I make except I do not put in the apples.

    Thanks for sharing these recipe Katerina.

    Hugs

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  75. Kate says:

    I love that potato story!

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  77. This whole menu looks delicious! I love that there are apples in the potatoes!

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  79. The potato salad looks quite similar to German version. The pork tenderloin looks really juicy and flavourful. A perfectly hearty and delicious meal, Katerina.

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  81. Barbara says:

    That’s a funny story, Katerina. Your potato salad looks amazing..love all the veggies in there and I’ve never added apples to mine. Super idea!

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  83. I like that story. This all looks so delicious. We would definitely enjoy the salad and the pork.

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  85. Sissi says:

    Dear Katerina, I don’t have the words to express how thrilled I am, so I’m just sending you virtual hugs :-) I’m so flattered to see this dish on your blog! Not only did you test my recipe and liked it, but you have even posted it. It looks so fabulously delicious, I wish I could have it for lunch today… Pairing it with your tenderloin dish seems like a perfect idea (especially since I’m a big pork fan!). I would have never thought of doing it. Thank you so much for the link and all the kind words you have written about me and my blog. I’m extremely flattered (and already blushing!). (By the way, you know that you are the one who has triggered my interest in Greek cuisine. I will always be grateful to you for this). Thank you once more for posting this dish and making my day (or rather my week :-) ).
    AS for the potatoes, exactly the same story is known in France. It was apparently A. Parmentier who had the same trick to make the peasants eat potatoes! (There is even a famous French dish called Hachis Parmentier, it’s a kind of gratin of meat and potatoes).

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  87. …oh, the pork looks fantastic in the dark mushroom sauce!

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  89. …and that’s how I would make it, Katerina! Except, no onions at all!
    :) ela

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  91. Crystelle says:

    It looks so deliciously yum! with all those fresh ingredients…. Great recipe… Thanks for sharing…. :)
    “hugs” Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

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  93. Jeannie Tay says:

    Potatoes are very well loved in my household too and we mashed them, roast them, made bread and soup out of them too! So versatile I must say. Your recipe sounds delicious pair with that divine looking pork dish!

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  95. Debra says:

    I am loving this potato salad (and the Greek history of potato eating)! The apples might really add a special crunch and flavor. Also loving this drunken pork!!!!

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  97. Aunt Bee says:

    I LOVE potato salad! I can’t wait to try this version!

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  99. Oh my goodness! I need that potato salad in my life SOON!

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  101. Ola says:

    This is a very popular salad in Poland, every family probably has its own recipe. i, for example, never add potatoes and apples but I know this version as well. I can only confirm-it’s delicious

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