Bavarian Potato Salad Recipe (2024)

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Bavarian Potato Salad Recipe (1)Helene Dsouza

A Bavarian Potato salad is a warm potato salad made with a vinegar and oil dressing. The salad compliments other German main course dishes as a side dish.

Total Time: 15 minutes minutes

Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes minutes

4 servings

4.8 from 11 votes

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This Bavarian Potato Salad Recipe is a warm potato salad. It's commonly made in Bavaria, a region in Southern Germany.

I share the authentic recipe, just the way that it's prepared and served up at popular Bavarian beer halls in Munich and at our family gatherings.

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  • 📕 How is this Bavarian potato salad different?
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📕 How is this Bavarian potato salad different?

This potato salad is known as Kartoffelsalat or Erdäpfelsalat in German.

Kartoffel and Erdäpfel both mean potato, the second is more commonly used in the Bavarian and Austrian German language (both considered German dialects).

This potato salad is different from a conventional German potato salad because hot vegetable or meat broth is poured over the cooked potatoes.

The broth basically “seasons” the potatoes. Ultimately, the potato salad tastes flavorful, but the seasoning is not all too over-powering.

The South German potato salad is then served warm and never cooled.

Salad Bars in Southern Germany, Western Austria, and Eastern Switzerland serve up a warm potato salad and restaurants almost always have a warm potato salad on the menu. It's a staple.

Family grill-outsfrequently include a potato salad because it's easy to make, and you don't need to refrigerate the salad.

🥔 Ingredients

Here is what you will need to make this warm potato salad at home.

  • potatoes soft mealy potatoes such as Russet potatoes.
  • shallots or mild onions purple onions look great in the salad.
  • oil normally Germans use sunflower or canola oil, but you can use regular vegetable oil too.
  • vinegar apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar or budget-friendly white distilled vinegar. You can use flavored vinegar too, such as my herb infused vinegar.
  • salt and black pepper
  • nutmeg this is a main seasoning, it rounds up the other flavors. Don't skip it!
  • broth vegetable or beef broth. You can mix a Bouillon cube with water to make a broth.
  • chives or parsley freshly chopped.

Use soft potatoes. You want the potato salad to soften and get a bit mushy, to take in flavors.

The hot broth softens the onions. Onions add a little bite to the potato salad dish.

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🔪 How to make it?

Here is an overview of how to make this potato salad. The details are in the recipe card further below.

Step 1

Boil potatoes tender, drain, peel, and cut them into thick slices.

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Step 2

Add potato slices, cut onion, and seasoning to a salad bowl.

Combine vinegar and oil, pour over salad ingredients.

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Step 3

Pour hot broth over the potato salad. Mix up.

Top with freshly chopped chives and serve up.

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📖 Recipe

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Warm Bavarian Potato Salad Recipe

A Bavarian Potato salad is a warm potato salad made with a vinegar and oil dressing. The salad compliments other German main course dishes as a side dish.

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Course: Salad, Side Dish

Cuisine: Austrian, German

Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free, Hindu, Vegan

Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes minutes

Servings: 4 servings

Calories: 257kcal

Recipe by: Helene Dsouza

Ingredients

  • 3-4 Large Potato mealy type i.e. Russet
  • 1 Small Shallot purple, red onions are ok too
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper Ground
  • Teaspoon Nutmeg grated (do not skip!)

Dressing

  • 1 Tablespoon Oil *See Notes
  • 1 Tablespoon Vinegar *See Notes
  • ½ Cup Broth veg or beef

Garnish

  • Chives or Parsley Fresh to garnish

US - Metric

Instructions

  • Boil your potatoes soft. Leave them to cool down and peel.

    3-4 Large Potato

  • Cut the potatoes into thick slices and place them into a salad bowl.

  • Chop the shallots or onion small and add to the potatoes into the salad bowl.

    1 Small Shallot

  • Season with salt, black pepper, and nutmeg.

    ½ Teaspoon Salt, ¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper Ground, ⅛ Teaspoon Nutmeg

Dressing

  • Combine the vinegar and oil, pour over the potato salad.

    1 Tablespoon Vinegar, 1 Tablespoon Oil

  • Heat up the broth, then pour the hot broth over the potato salad in the mixing bowl.

    ½ Cup Broth

  • Mix up your potato salad.

Garnish

  • Serve warm with freshly chopped chives or parsley as a garnish

    Chives or Parsley Fresh

Notes

  1. Pick a salad oil such as light sunflower oil or, even better, canola oil.
  2. For the vinegar, use either apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar or simply distilled white vinegar.
  3. You can choose to serve this German potato salad cold too. This might be the better option (food safety) if you are living in an arid, hot or tropical climate. In that case, simply follow the recipe and leave to cool in the fridge.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Warm Bavarian Potato Salad Recipe

Amount Per Serving (516 g)

Calories 257Calories from Fat 36

% Daily Value*

Fat 4g6%

Saturated Fat 1g5%

Trans Fat 1g

Polyunsaturated Fat 1g

Monounsaturated Fat 2g

Sodium 317mg13%

Potassium 1218mg35%

Carbohydrates 50g17%

Fiber 6g24%

Sugar 3g3%

Protein 6g12%

Vitamin A 7IU0%

Vitamin C 56mg68%

Calcium 40mg4%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

🍴 Serving

The German Potato Salad is often served with pork (sausages), chicken, beef, and fish meals.

You can serve the potato salad with Sauerkraut, Semmelknödel, and Sausage or with grilled pork sausages or hearty roast pork.

People in Germany and Austria serve the potato salad with a local pink meatloaf known as Leberkäse or Fleischkäse.

I also enjoy the potato salad with pan-fried, grilled, or baked fish such as with trout or carp.

Another popular street food combination is roast chicken (called Grill Hendl or Grill Huhn) with this warm potato salad. People eat this during lunch break.

You can also try to serve the potato salad with Wiener Veal Schnitzel, instead of the common parsley butter potatoes or fries option.

But my all-time favorite way to enjoy this Bavarian Potato Salad is to serve it with cooked frankfurter sausage (or Wieners) or the white sausage from Munich in Bavaria.

We frequently pass Augsburg in Germany, where we take a stop.

In that roadhouse buffet, they would serve the best Swabian (Bavarian) potato salad ever and some of the best frankfurter sausages.

The combination with a simple Semmel (aka Kaiser roll) is just divine!

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🍱 Storing

Store the warm potato salad leftovers in an airtight container in your fridge for up to 3 days.

Keep it out before serving the salad, serve at room temperature for the best flavor effect.

I don't recommend freezing this salad because when it thaws it will be all watery, It's better to just prepare your Bavarian potato salad from scratch all fresh.

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