Recipe for Southern German Potato Salad – Oma's Kartoffelsalat

This recipe for German potato salad is an easy way to learn how to make potato salad. This one's usually served warm, but it tastes great cold as well. 

It follows the method shown for Easy Potato Salad, but has an interesting variation for the dressing, more in the style of the salads eaten in southern Germany

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes

Total Time

30 minutes


Makes 4 servings


  • 1 - 2 onions, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup vegetable broth (see Hints below)
  • 1½ pounds potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 4 - 5 dill pickles, cubed (see hints below)
  • 1 bunch radishes, sliced (optional)
  • salt, pepper
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons juice from dill pickles
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • chives to garnish


  1. In large pot, cook onions in butter until translucent.
  2. Add broth and bring to boil.
  3. Add potato slices and simmer, covered, about 10 minutes, until potatoes are tender.
  4. Mix egg yolks, sugar, pickle juice, and lemon juice.
  5. Remove pot from heat and stir egg yolk mixture into the potatoes.
  6. Add pickles and radishes. Season with salt and pepper.


  • Use 1 cup of water and a bouillon cube instead of the vegetable broth
  • If you have German pickles, use those instead. Since German pickles are semi-sweet, omit the sugar in the recipe and only add if needed. 

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05.21.2021 revision update