The Authentic German Potato Salad Recipe is a warm potato salad which is super common in Bavaria and across our border in Austria.
This German potato salad is prepared easily but it’s different than others.
The serving options are endless as well!
What’s the German Potato Salad?
When people say German potato salad they mostly mean the authentic warm South German Potato salad.
This potato salad is different to a conventional potato salad because hot vegetable or meat broth is poured over the cooked potatoes.
This makes the proper authentic potato salad from the region!
The Potato Salad is commonplace in Bavaria, a South German free state, where it originated in Swabia a major region.
Yet, the potato salad is also always commonplace in neighboring German states and Austrian regions.
Salad Bars have always a warm potato salad, family grill outs very frequently include a potato salad and restaurants often while have it on the menu.
Basically, this salad is omnipresent in this part of the world!
Ingredients for the Bavarian Potato Salad
I grew up eating this potato salad and I actually rarely saw it prepared any different.
Most people like to keep it simple because it comes together quickly and it’ s super flavorful.
So, you will rarely see the potato salad include lard pieces or chopped pickles.
Although you always have the option to add these ingredients to the Potato salad.
One thing is sure, there is no Mustard in an authentic German potato salad because the mustard in those regions is rather brown (prepared with horseradish) and is always served along as a sauce.
Hence, you have enough flavors in the salad due to the broth.
Mustard is always only a side sauce, not a sauce to mix into foods.
Besides the German potato salad is usually prepared to be served as a side dish and not just as salad on its own.
That’s why it’s kept simple because you may want to serve it with grilled fish for example.
Also, the salad with potatoes is a community salad and usually you want to please everyone and not take risks.
The Potatoe choice varies but usually soft to mash type potatoes are used instead of waxy potatoes.
The fun part of this potato salad is that the potato mingles with the broth etc.
You want the potato salad to soften and get a bit mashy and take in flavors.
The Onion adds some bite and rounds up all the flavors.
Usually, small red onions or shallots are used in a raw chopped form.
The hot broth softens the onion and when you use red onions, they add a soft color contrast to the salad.
Vinegar and Oil are a simple combination of ingredients to create a dressing from the region.
People use white vinegar, sometimes apple vinegar.
The oil used is regular sunflower oil or rapeseed oil because both flowers are commonly grown in the flatlands.
Especially rapeseed oil is very common and defines the local cuisine!
I suggest you try this German potato salad with canola or rapeseed oil, it tastes all the better!
The broth can be a homemade broth with vegetables or with meat such as beef broth.
The vegetable broth is more commonly used in our parts (Austrian border to Bavaria).
Often while people like to create a broth with broth cubes.
Seasoning is simple, Salt and Black Pepper, but I also add a good dash of scraped nutmeg.
The garnish is usually freshly cut chives or fresh parsley.
How we serve the Potato Salad
The German Potato Salad is often while served with pork, meat, fish dishes.
You can serve the potato salad with Sauerkraut, Semmelknödel, and Sausage or with Pork Rouladen or hearty roast pork.
People from the German and Austrian regions also serve the potato salad with a local common meatloaf known as Leberkäse or Fleischkäse.
I also enjoy the potato salad with grilled or baked fish such as with trout or carp, or with homemade fish sticks.
You can also try to serve the potato salad with any kind of Schnitzel instead of the common parsley butter potatoes.
But my all time favorite way to enjoy this Bavarian Potato Salad is to serve it with cooked frankfurter sausage or the white sausage from Munich.
We would frequently pass Augsburg on the way to France from Austria and in Augsburg, we would take a stop.
In that roadhouse buffet, they would serve the best Swabian potato salad ever and some of the best frankfurter sausages.
The combination with a simple Semmel (aka Kaiser roll) was just divine!
German Potato Salad dietary specifications:
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Authentic German Potato Salad Recipe [Bavarian]
- Boil your potatoes soft. Let cool a bit and peel.
- Cut the Potatoes into thick slices and keep in a salad bowl.
- Cut the Onion small and add the onion to the potatoes into a salad bowl.
- Season with salt, black pepper, and nutmeg.
- Mix the vinegar and Oil, pour over the potato salad.
- Heat up the broth, then pour the hot broth over the potato salad.
- Mix the whole content well.
- Serve warm with chives or parsley chopped as garnish
- Pick a Salad oil such as light sunflower oil or even better, rapeseed oil.
- For the Vinegar get a white vinegar or apple vinegar.
- You can choose to serve this German potato salad cold too. In that case, simply follow the recipe and let cool in the fridge.
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