Southern German Potato Salad (Schwäbische Kartoffelsalat)

  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 Portions (4 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
191 Calories
0g Fat
42g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 Portions (4 Servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 191
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 245mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Protein 6g
Calcium 37mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This Southern German recipe for potato salad which uses broth, vinegar, onions, and mustard for flavoring and is often served lukewarm. It tastes even better the next day, but don't forget to refrigerate!


  • 4 medium potatoes, about 2 pounds (scrubbed)
  • 1 cup beef broth (or vegetable or chicken)
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar (or white vinegar)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard (prepared)
  • 1/2 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoons black pepper (freshly ground)
  • Garnish: chives

Steps to Make It

  1. Place whole potatoes in a pan, add cold water to almost cover, bring to a boil, and cook until done, about 20 to 30 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water and peel while they are still warm. Use a knife or mandolin to slice 1/8-inch thick. Place in a bowl. Pour the broth over the warm potatoes and mix gently. Let sit for 5 minutes.

  2. In a second bowl, whisk together the vinegar, oil, sugar, mustard, finely chopped onion, and pepper to make a vinaigrette. Pour over the potatoes and mix gently. Potatoes will crumble a bit, but that is expected.

  3. Allow the potatoes to marinate for 20 minutes before serving. Serve lukewarm or room temperature. Refrigerate leftovers.


  • Waxy potatoes hold their shape better, but starchy potatoes soak up more broth and flavor. We make the salad using Yukon Gold potatoes, which is in between waxy and starchy.
  • The potatoes will fall apart a little when you stir and this is okay. The starch will help thicken the vinaigrette. To keep the potatoes more intact, stir only briefly and watch the cooking time. Remove the potatoes the moment they are done (you can pierce them easily to the core, but there is slight resistance). If they are splitting or crumbling already when you drain them, you may want to use them for mashed potatoes instead.
  • Chives are traditional for this salad, but they can be hard to come by in the winter. Feel free to leave them out.

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