Traditional German Sauerkraut Salad – Oma's Sauerkrautsalat

This German sauerkraut salad, Sauerkrautsalat, is so easy, delicious, and goes with almost anything. It’s super healthy when made with your homemade sauerkraut that's so easy to make, as well. 

Prep Time

20 minutes

Standing Time

2 - 3 hours

Total Time

3+ hours


Makes 4 - 6 servings


  • 2 - 3 cups sauerkraut
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 large carrot, coarsely grated
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • ½ onion, diced
  • salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Drain sauerkraut in a sieve over a bowl. Measure ½ cup of liquid and reserve.
  2. Put the drained sauerkraut into a large bowl. Mix in sugar.
  3. Let sit about 15 minutes. Add ½ cup reserved sauerkraut liquid and oil. 
  4. Add remaining ingredients.
  5. Season with freshly ground pepper, salt, and extra sugar, if required.
  6. Let stand in fridge for several hours, if possible, before serving.


  • As with most salads, quantities are just approximate. Add extra or less of what you like.
  • This is best made with fresh sauerkraut, but you can use jarred, canned, or frozen as well.
  • If you have more sauerkraut than needed for this salad, then turn it into this traditional amazing sauerkraut soup!

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10.09.2021 revision update