Cold German Red Skinned Potato Salad

Sunday, June 7, 2015
Potato salad is one of those must-haves at every barbecue during the summer.

As kids, we never really understood what was supposed to be so alluring about potato salad.

Cold potato salad is an absolutely perfect alternative in the summer and this is just a little different in flavors.

Back in the 1970s, I was introduced to this dish by a good friend who brought this German-style potato salad to every get together and I feel in love instantly, she jotted down ingredients with a little of this and that and that's all I had to go on.

Trying to recreate it from just knowing the ingredients was really difficult but one of the most important flavors was this German style mustard that was what I believe made all the difference in taste besides the additions of vinegar and beef broth.

If you're looking for a potato salad with mayonnaise you won't find it in this version and this is cold and very tangy like the hot style German Potato Salad however that's also a great classic American style salad.

German potato salad is a little tangy with white vinegar and has a totally different taste than an American cookout potato salad but we have you covered with both hot the American Classic Potato Salad is made with mayo.

Cold Potato Salads

  • Just a few tips:
  • use a good grade smooth mild German Mustard
  • White Vinegar
  • the potatoes can be cooked with or without skins we like a little on them
  • wash the potatoes really good if you leave the skins on
  • for the best results let it meld the flavors overnight first before serving
  • his will keep up to 3 days in the refrigerator but the flavors will get stronger
  • cubed, quartered or sliced will all work for this recipe whatever you prefer

cold potato salad German version sliced

American Potato Salad vs German Salad

Most family recipes in every Region no matter where you live or food has a different spin on their versions of what goes into potato salad.

Just like Italian Tomato Sauce, no two potato salads are alike in taste no matter who makes them, sometimes you will try to recreate grandma's and it just never quite tastes the same.

I find that is true with many recipes, you can watch, and write it down, but again no two are alike.

Being Italian I refrain from ever saying anything is Authentic, however between American with mayonnaise and German with no mayo, this would win for us hands down in flavor.

For all my German readers, feel free to comment on what else you put in yours and how to improve upon what we found delicious from our friend's recipe.

Ingredients Cold German Red Skinned Potato Salad

  • potatoes
  • onions
  • white vinegar
  • vegetable oil
  • sugar
  • mustard
  • salt, and pepper to taste
  • beef broth
  • fresh basil, fresh rosemary, and parsley

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Cold German Red Skinned Potato Salad

Cold German Red Skinned Potato Salad
Yield: 10
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 35 Min
This is a delicious potato salad we love with Brats and make this often during the summer since it has no mayonnaise to worry about and is a fabulous alternative.


  • 3 pounds small firm, red-skinned or Yukon gold washed and skins left on or off
  • 1 diced small yellow onion
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth (I used "Better than Boullion" or any canned broth)
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 3/4 tablespoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper or use black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons mild German mustard
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • Optional Garnish: chopped fresh parsley or dried


  1. Boil the potatoes until a fork goes through easily.
  2. Cool and remove some, not all the peels when easy to handle.
  3. .Either slice them or quarter them either way they will taste great.
  4. In a medium saucepan add broth, onions, vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar, and mustard, and bring this to a boil.
  5. Remove from the heat and pour over the potatoes.
  6. Let them sit on the counter for around an hour or more.
  7. Mix in the oil and add more salt and pepper if needed to taste.
  8. The potatoes should absorb most of the broth, if there is a puddle of broth, drain this with a slotted spoon.
  9. Serve topped with chopped parsley. fresh basil leaves and fresh rosemary sprig
  10. This is a cold potato salad however tastes best at room temperature.

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  1. This was so good! I love that it is not as creamy as traditional potato salad but is still flavorful!

  2. I can't wait to try this! I love potato salad but have always had my mom's creamier mayo version. This sounds so good and tangy!

  3. Everyone at my house loved this!! So flavorful and easy to make!

  4. I just love German potato salad! Such a great idea to make it cold- much more BBQ & picnic friendly! :)

  5. This is one of my favorite potato salad recipes! So easy to make and so full of flavor!


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