➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson
Craving German salads? Those German potato salads, cucumber salads, and so much more? Oma’s German salad recipes, salat rezepte, are quick & easy! Add them to your menu today.
Not only are these perfect accompaniments to most meals, some are a meal unto themselves. There are also salads that are naturals for every buffet table. We particularly like them for picnics as well.
A favorite that I grew up with is the herring salad. A super simple fast supper this one is. Tasting sweet and creamy, served with boiled new potatoes. That's all that's needed. It's a real kid pleaser, for my kids anyways.
Of course there are the traditional potato salads, meat salads, cucumber salads, and so many more.
Then there's the popular meat salad. In northern Germany, with its use of mayonnaise or cream, it's called fleischsalat. In the south, without that mayonnaise or cream, it's called wurstsalat. Both are so good!
There's even the "new" traditional - Corn Salad - a colorful and quick German salad. When I said "new" traditional, that's because I didn't grow up with corn.
In Germany, corn was food for animals, not people. That's the tradition my parents brought to Canada with them when they emigrated from Germany.
Although I enjoyed corn at my friend's house, it took quite a while before I saw it in our house. It carried the stigma of "cattle feed."
So, imagine my surprise when I visit Germany for the first time 50 years later and order a house salad in a very fine restaurant. A lovely salad arrives, sprinkled on top with corn! Canned corn!
Try the hints at the bottom of the recipes. They will give you ideas to alter the salads and dips depending on your tastes and ingredient availability. You'll also find the best salad dressing recipes throughout the salad recipes. My favorite is a sour cream dressing that's so easy to make.
There are so many different potato salads, all traditional, yet so different.In fact, it's said there are as many types of potato salads as there are German cooks. I've separated the potato salads into their own category!
Similar to Italian gnocchi potato dumplings, these German potato noodles, Schupfnudeln, are a traditional side or main dish in southern Germany. So easy to make! Really!
Oma's German cucumber salad is so delightfully refreshing, especially in the summer. Since it's from the south, there's no cream in it which makes it a perfect picnic side!
Oma's best German potato salad recipe is traditional in northern Germany. Yes, it's made with mayonnaise. In the South, it's without mayo. Both authentic and wunderbar!
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