Potato Salad: How To Make German Potato Salad

Potato salad is a boiled potato dish that includes a variety of other ingredients. It is generally considered a side dish that accompanies the main course. It is widely believed that potato salad originated in Germany, where it then spread widely throughout Europe and later into European colonies.

American potato salad most likely originated during the nineteenth century from recipes brought to the U.S. by way of German and European immigrants. American-style potato salads are served at room temperature or cold.

A helpful tip is to start the potatoes in cold water before bringing them to a boil. When you put potatoes directly into boiling water, the outside will cook instantly and the inside can take longer, resulting in some hard and soft bits of potato salad. Before removing the potatoes, do not forget to salt the water which will flavor them from the inside out.


German Potato Salad

  • Author: Romae Chanice Marquez
  • Recipe Category: Main Dish / Appetizer
  • Cuisine: German

The whole preparation and cooking time is 40 minutes. This recipe is suitable for at least 6 servings.

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German Potato Salad Ingredients

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About German Potato Salad

The recipe was first introduced in the 16th century by Spanish explorers into the new world. Boiling potatoes in wine or a combination of vinegar and spices rendered these early potato salads. The more American version of potato salad has its roots in German cuisine and derived from European settlers.

The earliest written U.S. potato salad recipes date back to the mid-19th century. Cooked potatoes were usually dressed in butter, vinegar, and spices. German settlers, who were fond of sour, sweet and spicy ingredients such as vinegar, sugar and coarse mustard, claim to have introduced to these ingredients.


Usually made with bacon, onion, and vinegar sauce, hot potato salad was so closely associated with German immigrants that it was called “German potato salad.” For more international recipes, click here.

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