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German Potato Salad with Cucumber and Vinegar Dressing

German potato salad with refreshing cucumber and a unique and delicious tart flavor.

German Potato Salad in bowl

This potato salad has a great bite to it.

It’s made with just a handful of ingredients and is one of those recipes where “less is more” because it tastes so amazing with so few ingredients.

The main ingredients are potatoes, cucumbers and onion.

And the wonderful tart flavor comes from apple cider vinegar and salt.

The salt really brings out the flavors so it’s really important to add enough.

When there’s just enough salt, the potato salad should taste wonderfully tart. 

German potato salad recipes often include bacon, and as much as I love bacon I actually like that this recipe doesn’t have bacon in it because the simplicity of the ingredients really works.

German Potato Salad in bowl

This potato salad is light and fresh, and is a nice change from mayonnaise based salads.

The apple cider vinegar, cucumbers and diced onions are a perfect match with the potatoes.

The following recipe makes approximately 6 servings and actually tastes best when served at room temperature.

 

Here are more salad recipes you may like “Simple Coleslaw“, “Potato Salad with Egg” and “Elbow Macaroni Salad“.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

German Potato Salad Ingredients

For the Potato Salad – Russet potatoes, onion, canola oil, apple cider vinegar, cucumbers (use regular cucumbers, not English/Hothouse cucumbers), salt and pepper

For Garnish – chopped leftover pieces of the cucumber skin, shredded cucumber and coarsely ground pepper (optional)

printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Here’s how to make it.

For the Potatoes:

peeled potatoes on plate

Peeled potatoes on plate

Peel the potatoes…

sliced potatoes on board

…and cut them into widthwise slices that are between 1/4 and 1/2 of an inch thick.

Boiling water in pot

In a large pot…

Add salt to pot of water

…add water and salt.  

TIP –  Add salt to the pot before the water starts to boil so that the moisture from the steam doesn’t make the salt too “sticky” to pour or sprinkle into the pot.

Don’t be like me and add the salt after the water starts to boil (where most of the salt stuck to my fingers).

Heat the pot on medium heat and bring the water to a boil.

Add sliced potatoes to pot

To the pot,

Add sliced potatoes to pot

…add the sliced potatoes…

Stir potatoes in pot

…and gently stir.

Boil the potatoes until they can be sliced with a knife (cooking time is about 6 minutes).

TIP – Be careful not to overcook the potatoes or they’ll be too soft.

Sliced cooked potatoes in colander

Drain the potatoes and let them cool.

For the Cucumbers:

Partially peeled cucumbers on plate

Peel the cucumbers in 1/4 inch strips staggering the peels so that there is 1/4 inch peeled then 1/4 inch of skin showing.

Partially peeled cucumbers on plate

Cut the cucumbers in half widthwise (so that they’re easier to hold on to when shredding them).

Shredded cucumber in bowl

Into a medium size bowl…

Shredded cucumbers in bowl

…shred the cucumbers.

Shredded cucumber in bowl

Save some of the skin and shredded cucumber for garnish.

For the Onion:

Chopped onion on board

Dice the onion and…

Add chopped onion to bowl

…add it to the bowl with the shredded cucumber. 

Set aside.

For the Dressing:

Bowl with dressing ingredients

In a small bowl…

Add vinegar to bowl

…add apple cider vinegar, and…

Add canola oil to bowl

canola oil.

Whisk dressing in bowl

Next,

Whisk dressing in bowl

Whisk together and set aside.

For the Potato Salad:

Add sliced potatoes to bowl

In a large bowl, add the cooked and cooled sliced potatoes…

Add cucumbers and onion to bowl

…and the cucumbers and onions.

Add dressing to bowl

Whisk the oil and vinegar again, and add it to the potato mixture.

Add salt to potato salad

Then add the salt…

Add pepper to salad in bowl

…and pepper.

German Potato salad in bowl

With a soft spatula, gently mix the ingredients together. 

Do a taste test and add more salt if needed.

German Potato Salad in bowl

TIP – The salt really makes the potato salad “pop” so as you taste-test the salad, consider using more salt if you’re not tasting a tart flavor.

German Potato Salad in bowl

Garnish with cut pieces of leftover cucumber skin, shredded cucumber and coarsely ground black pepper (optional).

German Potato Salad with Brats

This tastes best when served at room temperature.

German Potato Salad in bowl

Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

German Potato Salad in bowl

Wunderbar Kartoffelsalat.

German Potato Salad in Spoon

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German Potato Salad in bowl

Recipe adapted from a friend’s (Heidi E.) recipe.

More Recipes with Potatoes You May Like:

Cheesy Red Potato Mash

Potato, Egg and Cheese Scramble

Baked Herb and Parmesan Potato Slices

Grilled Potato Slices

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German Potato Salad in Bowl

German Potato Salad with Cucumber and Vinegar Dressing

German potato salad with refreshing cucumber and a unique and delicious tart flavor.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: German
Keyword: German Potato Salad, Potato Salad
Servings: 6

Ingredients

For the Potatoes:

  • 6 medium size russet potatoes for smaller potatoes increase to about 9
  • 3 dashes salt for the boiling water

For the Potato Salad:

  • 2 cucumbers (use regular cucumbers, not English/Hothouse cucumbers)
  • 1 small yellow onion peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon (heaping) salt add more to taste
  • 3 dashes ground black pepper or add to taste

For Garnish:

  • Save come cut pieces of leftover cucumber skin, and shredded cucumber
  • Coarsely ground pepper (optional)

Instructions

For the Potatoes:

  • Peel the potatoes and cut them into widthwise slices that are between 1/4 and 1/2 of an inch thick. 
  • In a large pot add water and salt.  Heat the pot on medium heat and bring the water to a boil.  
  • Boil the potatoes until they can be sliced with a knife (about 6 minutes). Be careful not to overcook them or they'll be too soft. 
  • Drain the potatoes and let them cool.

For the Potato Salad:

  • For the Cucumbers - Peel the cucumbers in 1/4 inch strips staggering the peels so that there is 1/4 inch peeled, and then 1/4 inch of skin showing. 
  • Cut the cucumbers in half widthwise (so that they're easier to hold on to when shredding them)
  • Into a medium size bowl, shred the cucumbers.  Save some of the skin, and shred for garnish.
  • To the bowl with the cucumber, add diced onion and stir.  Set aside for a moment.
  • For the Dressing - In a small bowl, add canola oil and apple cider vinegar. Whisk together and set aside.  

For the Assembly:

  • In a large bowl, add the cooked and cooled sliced potatoes, cucumbers and onion. 
  • Whisk the oil and vinegar again and add it to the potato mixture.  Add salt and pepper.
  • With a soft spatula, gently mix the ingredients together. 
  • Do a taste test and add more salt if needed (the salt really makes the taste "pop" so consider using more salt if you’re not tasting a tart flavor).  

For Garnish:

  • Garnish with cut pieces of leftover cucumber skin, shredded cucumber and coarsely ground pepper (optional). 
  • This tastes best when served at room temperature. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
  • Recipe adapted from a friend's (Heidi E.) recipe.

Video

Notes

TIPS

  1. For Boiling the Potatoes - Add the salt to the pot before the water starts to boil so that the moisture from the steam doesn't make the salt too "sticky" to pour or sprinkle into the pot.
  2. Be careful not to overcook the potatoes or they'll be too soft.
  3. After partially peeling the cucumbers, cut them in half widthwise so they're easier to hold on to when shredding them.
  4. If you're not tasting a "tart" flavor, add more salt until you do.  
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2 Comments

  1. This is the first recipe I found that includes cucumber.  Growing up there was a German restaurant that had the best potato salad. I remember asking what made it so good they said cucumber. So glad I found this recipe ?