German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad – Kartoffelsalat


German Potato Salad

This famous German side dish may be prepared in a multiple of ways and there is a large selection of recipes. It all depends on the region and the family’s tradition. The German Potato Salad may be served cold or warm. 

Ingredients for German Potato Salad:

  • 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of small potatoes
  • ⅛ l (½ cup) clear beef broth OR Maggi Klare Bruehe clear in a jar
  • 1 cup of diced onions
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons of vinegar OR Hengstenberg Seasoned Vinegar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • 4 hard boiled eggs
  • 4 – 5 pickles OR Hengstenberg Crunchy Gherkins
  • salt
  • pepper

Ingredients German Potato Salad Recipe

Preparation of German Potato Salad:

Wash the potatoes and cook them for about 16-18 minutes (depending on size of potatoes) in a pot of water. The water should cover the potatoes. After cooking, take the potatoes out of the pot and drain them under cold water in a colander. Peel the potatoes while warm, it is easier. Let cool down. When ready, cut the potatoes in thin slices and place in a large bowl. Heat up beef broth and pour it over the potatoes. Let it all soak for about one hour. Be sure to check from time to time, to make sure the potato slices are evenly mixed in the broth.

Add the diced onions, diced or cut pickles, chopped hard boiled eggs, vinegar, oil, and mayonnaise. Mix your German Potato Salad well. Add salt and pepper to your liking. 

Preparation German Potato Salad                     

The German Potato Salad is always a welcome side dish at pot luck dinners and for parties. You can also serve it with Oma’s grilled German Hamburgers or just with different kinds of sausages.

German Potato Salad




  • Susan Wahl

    Dear Oma – our German potato salad was made with potato, cucumber, onion, bacon, oil and red wine vinegar (salt, pepper & dill). Do you know what region this version is from?

    • The Oma Way

      Hello Susan, the potato salad recipe has many varieties, even within one region. It is not only depending on regions but also on personal taste and how you want to use it as a side dish. My recipe is a basic recipe which can be done with or without mayonnaise. You could change it and add whatever you like. We sometimes made it with bacon, cucumber, and dill too. I am from Hesse. The most significant difference in the recipe, which is regional, is, that towards the south, potato salad is served warm, whereas more in the north, potato salad is served cold. Yours, Oma

    • Angie Motto

      I grew up in Mannheim (Baden-Württemberg) and that is the way I grew up making it (like yours), learned from my mom and hers. We eat it cold 🙂

      • The Oma Way

        Angie, thank you for your comment. How to make the potato salad is not easy to answer. There is no right or wrong. It is not only dependable on the regions, but also on family recipes.

  • cm wilson

    ours was served room temp or cold. No beef broth but mayonnaise, chopped dill pickles, vinegar, oil, sugar, eggs, onion, pepper and salt My mother said it was sweet and sour potato salad. She was Bavarian/Berliner. I started to add mustard and she liked that too

  • Heicke

    I learned to make it with Bologna, and pickles, no broth and served cold

    • The Oma Way

      Heicke, thank you for your comment. Yours, Oma

    • Karin

      Same here and small pieces of very tender beef added also

  • Patricia Perez

    I make mine with fried Bacon and onion bits maggi mustard and German pickles and dill weed. Yum. That was my Omi way <3

    • The Oma Way

      Patrcia, thank you for your comment. Yours, Oma

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  • Ulrike Smith

    I make it with bacon, onions, Hengstenberg vinegar, canola oil, vegetable broth (Knorr or Maggi), sugar, salt, black pepper and a little (Messerspitze) curry powder.

  • Rochelle Tuitele

    My oma made it with bacon, maggi onions, and vinegar, we ate it either warm or cold.

  • Elise Spleiss

    How many does this recipe serve?

    • The Oma Way

      Elise, this recipe would serve about 8 people. It all depends, if you serve the salad with other salads, or if it is a side dish served with a bratwurst. Also if you have teenage boys eating or toddlers. LOL. Hope this helps.

      • Elise Spleiss

        Thanks. It’s 2 a.m. and I will admit I am struggling through this. I got so busy I forgot to look to see if I had a reply. I’m making it for a woman’s Club Oktoberfest meeting pot luck later on this morning. I’m not really a cook so this is a challenge for me.
        Now I’m standing here wondering if the broth stays with the rest of the recipe or gets poured off. The recipe did not say. I’ll check other recipes and just figure it out. Thanks for your input.

        • The Oma Way

          Elise, the broth will stay in the salad. The potatoes will soak the broth almost completely , so that no broth will be left.

  • Kim Aschenbrenner Snider

    Just found this sight. I am so excited. Can’t wait to cook some of my old favorites from Germany. Lived in Frankfurt from 79 – 85.

    • The Oma Way

      Kim Aschenbrenner Snider, thank you for your nice comment and welcome to the blog. Yours, Oma

  • cm wilson

    need to try this way- I make it but no beef broth and add sugar- it ups the need for the mayo oil/ving though, but it always gone- we eat it cold- or fresh made…

    • The Oma Way

      cm wilson, it tastes really good with the beef broth.

  • Diane Kerrison

    My own Oma used to make hers with Thomy mayonaisse and it was delicious. Yours looks great too. I just found your page looking for rum balls for Christmas, am going to follow

    • The Oma Way

      Diane, thank you for your nice comment and for the follow. Yours, Oma

  • Brie Pierquet

    My Oma made hers with gold potatoes, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, a little oil and onion. She didn’t use mayo or egg. I love how similar they all are but how many varieties there are!