German Potato Salad Recipe

This German potato salad recipe comes from the south of Germany. It is the Swabian version and is very simple to make. All you need are potatoes, a little onion, parsley, oil, vinegar and salt. It has a very tiny amount of mayonnaise that helps it emulsify.

Unfortunately, I really don’t have a recipe per say for this potato salad. What I mean is you will have to taste is as you go and adjust the flavors. It has to taste like a salt and vinegar chip so don’t be scared to add the salt and vinegar. This salad is not good for you but it sure is good. It is not something you would eat on a daily basis. I make is two to three times during the Summer.

You will notice in this video that I use my hands to prepare this. This is necessary as you have to make this with slices potato and try and leave it as intact as possible. If you use a spoon or spatula you run the risk of mashing the potatoes.

It is also important that you are careful when cooking the potatoes. You need to cook them in a pot with salted water (be generous with the salt) that is not boiling furiously. Let the potatoes simmer in the pot ans start checking them in around 20 minutes by piercing them with a long fork. If the potato is cooked the fork will go through easily.

Once the potatoes are ready remove them one by one onto a flat pan. Do not dump them into the sink as they will get banged and mashed. Cook them down and then peel them.

Many years ago I used to own a deli in Meredith, NH. It was called Lake Shore Deli and this was one of the most popular salads we had. People would come over from every where to purchase it. We were famous for our German potato salad recipe.

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  • October 18, 2009


    when i was a child living near White Plains, New York, we would occasionally buy German potato salad from a deli called Seimer’s. (this was in the 1950’s and early 1960’s) i have never tasted anything so “to die for”. they shipped their potato salad all over the world. sadly, when the owners died, their recipe died with them. what a terrible loss. they offered two kinds: “mit” and mitout” (with and without mayo) the potatoes were sliced thin and nothing was visible except potatoes. no onions, no parsley, nothing. it is my guess that they cooked the potatoes in some spice, but i have no particular knowledge of what they might have used. if i could just find someone who could make potato salad as they did. i wonder if they were Germans or German Jews, i don’t know.

  • October 19, 2009


    I learned this recipe from some ladies that sold me my deli in New Hampshire about 15 years ago. In turn, they learned it from a little old German lady who used to prepare it in the back of a gas station – her husband’s perhaps. This recipe is absolutely delicious! I hope you give it a try! Thanks for watching and commenting!
    Mary Ann

  • November 14, 2009


    I have lived many, many years in Germany and always enjoyed German potato salad. This receipe is is easy and sooooooo delicious. Thanks for sharing it.

  • November 14, 2009


    Thank you Gloria for visiting us! I am very pleased that you like this recipe! It is truly DELISH! Take care!
    Mary Ann

  • December 1, 2009


    If you’ve ever tried this potato salad you’ll never forget it!! Five stars!!!

  • December 2, 2009


    Sherry should know! She has had it many times! Thanks Sherry for coming by!

  • February 16, 2010


    I made this potato salad today to go with some Brats for dinner. I’ve never been a fan of German Potato Salad, but this is GOOD! And that was just my taste test – it will be great when the brats come off the grill.

    My husband is so happy I finally made it, so I’ll be back for more of your recipes.

    Is there some way you can add the nutritional value to the recipes? Or would this have approximately the same as other German Potato Salad recipes? Thanks!

  • February 16, 2010


    Thanks for trying this out! It is truly delicious! I have no idea about the nutritional value. However, I am in the process of getting the appropriate software so that I can start adding that to my content. I really appreciate you coming by! Take care and enjoy your dinner!
    Mary Ann

  • December 19, 2010

    Michelle Mainwaring

    Hi, wish I could try this recipe as the comments seem to indicate it’s a very good one. Unfortunately, I am on a dial up connection for my internet and to load your video would take me almost an hour per minute of video, I am unable to load a video for over 8hrs. 🙁

  • December 19, 2010


    I’m sorry! Unfortunately, this is not a salad that you can write a recipe for. It is something you go trying out – a later at a time. Thanks for coming by!

  • June 28, 2011


    I am using this recipe for the first time to make for my parents and daughter. I grew up in Germany (army brat) but never found the perfect recipe. Just by the look of the recipe above this looks like home. Crossing my fingers that I do it right. Thanks for the video. I will let you know the results.

  • June 28, 2011


    Hi Angela!
    Good luck! I hope it comes out wonderful! I absolutely love this recipe. Happy cooking!
    Mary Ann

  • July 12, 2012


    Would the deli happen to be in meredith nh? This might be the long lost recipe i have been searching for since i first found out the deli closed!!!!!

    Happily hoping this is it. Cant wait to try it tonight!!!

  • July 15, 2012


    Hi Stacey!
    Yes! This is the potato salad we made at Lakeshore Deli in Meredith. I owned it for a few years. I learned it from the previous owners – Lorraine and Eileen. I love this potato salad. It takes a few tries – from experience – to get it to be perfect! I hope you did make it and it came out delicious for you! Have a great week!
    Mary Ann

  • March 20, 2013


    Mary Ann,

    My heart jumped for joy when I found out this recipe was from Lakeshore. I have missed it so much. My Dad and I would go to the Charlie Rouvalis’ store on Fridays for lunch and go across the street to the park. It was our treat for the week. When the store closed and Lorraine and Eileen opened the Deli, I would go there for it every summer. I never got the pleasure of meeting you, but it was a sad day for the area when the Deli closed.

    Thanks for posting this for us!

  • March 22, 2013


    Hi Alex!
    The world is so small! I am so happy you found this recipe. We bought the deli from Lorraine and Eileen and worked it for about 3 years. We then sold it because we moved to California. I think this potato salad was our most popular item! This and the Italian subs. I loved working the deli and I agree, it was a sad day it got closed! We were back in Meredith a couple summers ago and it felt like something was definitely missing.

    Anyway, thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you give this a try. I find that you have to make a few batches before you get it just right! Take care!

    Mary Ann

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