German Potato Salad Recipe
(with Vinegar and Oil)

German potato salad recipes vary greatly by region, and even city to city. Throughout most of southern Germany, Austria and much of southern Europe, potato salads tend to have a dairy-free, broth, vinegar and oil base. This basic starting blend can then be tweaked regionally with additional ingredients. This recipe is for the basic salad and several of the more common variants, including the addition of bacon and onion, cucumber, or pickle.

German Potato Salad Recipe

Standard Ingredients:

2 lbs of Boiling Potatoes (Round White or Round Red)

4 Tbsp of Vegetable Oil

4 Tbsp of White Wine Vinegar

Salt and Pepper to taste

1/2 cup of Beef Broth (homemade or from bouillon)

1 Tbsp of minced Parsley

Optional Ingredients:

Optional Addition 1:

2 Tbsp of Butter

1 medium White Onion (peeled and diced)

4 thick-cut slices of Bacon (diced)

Optional Addition 2:

1-2 cups of Cucumber (peeled and thinly sliced)

Optional Addition 3:

3 medium Dill or Sweet Pickles (diced)


Wash Potatoes
Place unpeeled Potatoes in a saucepan and add enough water to cover
Cover pot and bring to a rolling boil on high heat
Reduce heat and simmer 20-25 minutes, until Potatoes are cooked but firm
Drain Potatoes and shock with cold running water to stop cooking
While they are still hot, peel Potatoes and set aside to cool

Halve cooled Potatoes lengthwise and slice into 1/8 inch thick half moons
Place Potatoes in large serving bowl

In a bowl, whisk together Oil, Vinegar and Beef Broth
Mix in Salt, Pepper and Parsley
Pour over sliced Potatoes (also add any optional ingredients)
Gently mix salad
Chill for at least 1 hour (overnight is best)

Taste prior to serving
Add Salt and Pepper if needed
Gently fold again

Optional Instructions for Option 1:

Do the following after placing sliced Potatoes in serving bowl
Melt Butter in a hot skillet
Dice Bacon and add to skillet
Peel and dice Onion and add to skillet
Sauté until Onions are golden yellow
Pour hot cooked Bacon and Onion over sliced Potatoes

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No broth ... skins on Not rated yet
This is very similar to the German potato salad my grandfather taught me to make many, many years ago, but there was never any broth. Also, he always …

Beef broth? Not rated yet
Why in heavens would you need broth in a potato salad. The one I remember my mother-in-law making used vinegar, sugar, oil, onion and potatoes! Nothing …

Perfect! Not rated yet
My mother was from Berlin and she would make this salad. Sadly I never paid attention to how she did it and she is now deceased. I tried this recipe, …

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Love this one...just like my oma made :)

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