Kartoffelsalat (German Potato Salad)

We all know that potatoes are healthy and there are many different potato recipes. The Germans are big fans of potatoes and are famous for their potato salads.


Here is my easy German potato salad recipe. Or (Kartoffelsalat) as it is known in Germany. Each region in Germany tends to have their own homemade potato salad recipe. My mother-in-law gave me this recipe, so it is an authentic recipe.

Make sure that all the potatoes are even in size so that they are all cooked at the same time. You can use large or small, as you wish.

My recipe is easy to make and tastes delicious. Served just warm with meatballs, Maultaschen or a slice of grilled meat, this recipe is sure to be a winner. Make a big batch, invite some friends round for a barbecue and enjoy!


  • 8-10 salad potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 cup of warm meat broth
  • white wine vinegar, sunflower oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Steam the potatoes in their skins until tender. If you have any potatoes from the day before, even better as they are easier to slice. Scrape them and let them cool slightly until just warm.


Chop the onion finely.

Slice the potatoes thinly with a potato slicer or a vegetable knife. Place in a large bowl.

Add the onion and enough warm meat broth so that the potatoes are quite moist but not sitting in broth! and leave to soak for an hour. Lastly add enough sunflower oil, vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. Again I can't give exact quantities. but I suggest that you start off with a couple of tablespoons of each of the oil and vinegar and then add more to taste.

Mix thoroughly. The potato salad should not be too dry, but quite moist.

Source: This is one of many German recipes on my website:

By Sarah from Landshut, Germany

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