German potato salad is extraordinarily nostalgic for me. Growing up, my Oma and Opa would always have german potato salad at Christmas Eve dinner, along with German weiners, bratwurst, and herring salad. When I moved away to DC, I, of course, needed to take the recipe with me. This salad is sweet, vinegary, and finger-licking good. NomNomNom


2-3 lbs of potatoes

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1 tsp celery seed

1 tsp mustard seed

1/2 tsp prepared mustard

2-3 sliced gherkin or dill pickles

20140830_163706Boil a pot of water, then add your potatoes whole with skin on. I used russet potatoes this particular time, but my Oma says red potatoes are often the best. They hold together well and don’t get mushy. Costco didn’t have red potatoes, so I just got russet. Boil the potatoes until you can easily stick a fork through to the center.

20140830_163715When your potatoes are done, peel them. Be careful, because they are very hot! You can let them cool for 10 minutes or so; but this salad is served warm, so don’t wait too long. After peeling, slice them into 1/4 inch pieces. I usually will cut the potato in half, then slice because it is easier.

20140830_190009Next, mix together all the other ingredients in a bowl. Stir till the sugar dissolves, then pour the mixture over the potatoes.

20140830_190824Yay! It’s finished! Eat it now 🙂

I appear to have totally forgotten to take a picture of the final product. Sincerely apologize for that! Honestly, it just looks like potatoes covered in oil, vinegar, pickles, and seeds. I’m hungry just thinking about it…

UPDATE: I got a featured image! Writing this post made me want potato salad, haha.

One thought on “German Potato Salad

  1. Love that you have the recipe! I don’t even have it 😦
    Although I get to enjoy the real thing. Don’t forget opa cuts everything very precise!


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