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Kartoffelsalat Recipe (German potato salad)

(German potato salad)

Average: 4.5 (21 votes)

Two basic types of potato salad are made in Germany. In the north, the potatoes are held together with mayonnaise. In the southern regions of Swabia and Bavaria and in Austria, Kartoffelsalat is mixed with hot broth, oil and vinegar.

This recipe is for the southern version, often called "German potato salad" in the U.S. For the mayonnaise-based version, see this recipe.

Other German names for this salad are Erdäpfelsalat in Bavaria and Austria, Grombierasalad in Swabia and Erpeschlut in the Ruhr region.

4 to 6 servings


  • Boiling potatoes -- 2 pounds
  • Hot beef or chicken broth -- 3/4 cup
  • Onion, chopped finely -- 1
  • Oil -- 1/3 cup
  • Vinegar -- 1/4 cup
  • Brown or Dijon mustard -- 2 tablespoons
  • Sugar -- 1 tablespoon
  • Salt and pepper -- to taste
  • Chives or parsley, chopped (optional) -- 1 to 2 tablespoons


  1. Place the potatoes into a large pot and add enough cold water to cover them by an inch or two. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and continue to boil until the potatoes are cooked through and a sharp knife pierces them easily. Drain and set aside to cool.
  2. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, peel them if you like. Then cut the potatoes in half and then cut them into thick slices. Put the potatoes in a large bowl and carefully stir in the hot broth and onions.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt and pepper until smooth. Stir this vinaigrette into the potatoes, along with the chopped chives or parsley.
  4. Adjust seasoning to taste and serve warm, at room temperature or cold. Kartoffelsalat tastes best if you let it rest for an hour or two to meld the flavors.

Kartoffelsalat Variations

  • Add diced, cooked bacon if you like. Substitute bacon fat for some of the oil.
  • Good choices for the oil and vinegar are sunflower oil and white wine vinegar.


Ahhh Yummy Potato salads have always been my favorite!

I absolutely love this kartoffelsalat recipe. The sour, flavorful vinaigrette is scrumptious over the soft potatoes. I highly recommend this paired with brats and a good beer.

I love this style of potato salad. My wife is from Germany and she also adds green apples Nathan's Famous Hotdogs and any sort of kielbasa to the dish. Serve it with some good smoked pork ribs and people will love you for it. Also a two liter boot and some good Wyoming company add to the enjoyment.

It's just like my mom's, who is from Swabia (Ulm). One variation she sometimes does to change things up is to add thinly (see through) sliced cucumbers. It was never my favorite way, but I always appreciated the variety and happily slurped it all down (ohmygawsh! my mouth is watering now; I'd better get to the store).

Thank you for posting this recipe; I started trying out different recipes for german potato salads and I'm happy whenever I find one which is translated in English :)

Here are some more:

Kartoffelsalat Rezepte

I used Google Translate to read them but they were really delicious. Hope this helps!