This cold German potato salad recipe ("Kalter Kartoffelsalat") comes from my husband's Mutti.
It was always such a treat when we were invited over for supper ... and, thankfully, she was always willing to share her recipes.
Was I ever surprised to discover how easy it was!
It's a traditional recipe done in a traditional way, but when I follow an "assembly line" method, it goes fairly quickly.
Having everything chopped and ready to go helps make the preparation of this traditional potato salad go fairly quickly.
Yes, this cold German potato salad recipe is from the northern part of Germany. And there are so many, many variations - so many, many potato salad recipes.
It seems like there are as many "traditional" recipes for potato salad as there are German Omas (grandmothers).
Each has just a slight difference, meaning, there's no ONE way of making German potato salad!
Use new potatoes or regular ones. Scrub them and cook unpeeled in water to cover until tender (gently pierce with a knife to check). Depending on their size, this can take from 15 - 30 minutes. Do not overcook or they may fall apart.
To make peeling easier, gently dump the hot potatoes in colander or sink; briefly pour cold water over them. Let cool before peeling. You can cook them the day before, but I find peeling them while they are still warm is easier.
Need some picnic food ideas?
This salad is a great side dish to sausage, hamburgers, or any other grilled meat. It's burgers we're having on our deck in this photo.
This potato salad is also what I'm usually asked to bring to parties. It always brings rave reviews and I've learned to have the recipe ready to give out.
If you want a still easier and quicker recipe, try the adaptation of this, my Easy Potato Salad.
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