German Potato Salad I Recipe - Authentic German Dish

German Potato Salad I

German Potato Salad I Recipe - Authentic German Dish
Region / culture: Germany | Preparation time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 30 minutes | Servings: 4


German Potato Salad I
German Potato Salad I

German Potato Salad is a classic dish that is popular in Germany and other parts of the world. It is a flavorful and hearty side dish that is perfect for any occasion.


German Potato Salad has been a staple in German cuisine for centuries. It is believed to have originated in Southern Germany, where it was traditionally made with bacon, onions, and a vinegar-based dressing. Over the years, the recipe has evolved to include various ingredients such as sausage, sugar, and white wine vinegar.



How to prepare

  1. Place the potatoes in a saucepan and cover them with water.
  2. Add the salt and olive oil, and cook until the potatoes are tender.
  3. Drain the potatoes and set them aside.
  4. Heat olive oil in a skillet.
  5. Add the onions and cook until they start to brown.
  6. Add the sausage and continue cooking until the sausage is browned.
  7. Remove the sausage from the pan.
  8. In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and white wine vinegar.
  9. Put this mixture in the skillet where the sausage was cooked.
  10. Set the heat to medium and cook the sauce until it begins to thicken.
  11. Add the sausage and potatoes to the skillet, and toss until all of the potatoes are coated with the sauce.
  12. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


  • You can add bacon or ham to the salad for added flavor.
  • For a vegetarian version, you can omit the sausage and add more vegetables such as bell peppers or peas.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to cook the potatoes until they are tender but still firm to the touch.

- When making the sauce, be sure to cook it until it thickens to ensure that it coats the potatoes evenly.

- For added flavor, you can add herbs such as parsley or dill to the salad.

Serving Suggestions

German Potato Salad can be served as a side dish with grilled meats, sausages, or as a main dish on its own.

Cooking Techniques

Boiling the potatoes until tender

- Browning the sausage and onions for added flavor

- Thickening the sauce to coat the potatoes evenly

Ingredient Substitutions

You can use Yukon Gold or Russet potatoes instead of red potatoes.

- You can use apple cider vinegar instead of white wine vinegar.

Make Ahead Tips

German Potato Salad can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Simply reheat before serving.

Presentation Ideas

Serve German Potato Salad in a decorative bowl garnished with fresh herbs such as parsley or chives.

Pairing Recommendations

German Potato Salad pairs well with grilled sausages, pork chops, or roasted chicken.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store leftover German Potato Salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of German Potato Salad contains approximately 300 calories.


Each serving of German Potato Salad contains approximately 30 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of German Potato Salad contains approximately 15 grams of fats.


Each serving of German Potato Salad contains approximately 10 grams of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

German Potato Salad is a good source of Vitamin C, potassium, and iron.


German Potato Salad contains gluten and may contain dairy if using certain ingredients.


German Potato Salad is a balanced dish that provides a good mix of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. It is also rich in essential vitamins and minerals.


German Potato Salad is a delicious and hearty side dish that is perfect for any occasion. With its flavorful ingredients and balanced nutrition profile, it is sure to be a hit at your next meal.

How did I get this recipe?

The moment I found this recipe is one I won't soon forget. It was a warm summer day, and I was at the local farmer's market, browsing through the stalls of fresh produce and homemade goods. As I was perusing the array of colorful vegetables, my eyes landed on a basket of perfectly ripe potatoes. I couldn't resist buying a few pounds and decided to make a batch of German Potato Salad for dinner that evening.

I had heard of German Potato Salad before but had never attempted to make it myself. I remembered tasting it at a family gathering many years ago, and the flavors had stuck with me ever since. As I made my way through the market, I couldn't shake the idea of recreating that delicious dish in my own kitchen.

When I got home, I immediately set to work peeling and boiling the potatoes. As they cooked, I rummaged through my recipe box, searching for a German Potato Salad recipe. After a few minutes of searching, I finally found one tucked away in the back of the box. It was handwritten on a yellowed piece of paper, with faded ink that was barely legible.

The recipe had been passed down to me by my great-grandmother, who had learned it from her mother, who in turn had learned it from her mother before her. It was a treasured family recipe, and I felt honored to have it in my possession. As I read through the instructions, memories flooded back to me of my great-grandmother standing in her kitchen, expertly peeling potatoes and slicing onions, all while regaling me with stories of her own childhood.

I followed the recipe to the letter, adding the vinegar, sugar, and mustard to the warm potatoes, and mixing in the crispy bacon and onions. As I stirred the ingredients together, the kitchen filled with the scent of vinegar and bacon, transporting me back to that family gathering so many years ago. I couldn't wait to taste the finished dish and see if it lived up to my memories.

When I finally took a bite of the German Potato Salad, I was instantly transported back in time. The flavors were just as I remembered – tangy from the vinegar, sweet from the sugar, and savory from the bacon. The potatoes were perfectly tender, and the onions added a welcome crunch. It was a dish that brought back a flood of memories and made me feel connected to generations of women who had come before me.

After that first successful attempt at making German Potato Salad, I knew it would become a staple in my kitchen. I made it for family gatherings, potlucks, and weeknight dinners, each time tweaking the recipe to suit my own tastes. Sometimes I added a bit more mustard for extra tang, or swapped out the bacon for crispy pancetta. Each batch was a labor of love, made with care and attention to detail.

Over the years, I shared the recipe with friends and family, passing on the tradition that had been handed down to me. I taught my own daughters how to make German Potato Salad, and now they make it for their own families. It's a dish that has become synonymous with love and family, a reminder of the generations of strong, capable women who came before me.

As I sit here now, writing down the story of how I learned to make German Potato Salad, I can't help but feel grateful for the recipe that has brought so much joy and connection into my life. It's a simple dish, but one that holds a wealth of memories and tradition. I hope that one day my own grandchildren will learn to make it, carrying on the legacy of strong, capable women who know their way around a kitchen. And perhaps, as they stir the potatoes and onions together, they'll think of me and the stories I've shared with them, passing down the recipe for generations to come.


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