You want the best German potato salad: Kartoffelsalat? You’re in the right place. It literally translates as potato salad, because kartoffel means potato and salat is salad.
I learned this recipe from a woman I once worked with who had lived in Germany for many years. She ran a small cafe in Hobart and I waitressed for her, as well as made some of my own recipes. It was back in the early ’90s and the salad was a standout. It introduced me to new flavours I had never experienced in potato salad before.
Kartoffelsalat is a firm favourite
Since that time, Kartoffelsalat has been a favourite recipe to cook during the summer months. I’ve made it for German friends with great success. One bunch of German guests at my place for an afternoon barbecue said it reminded them of home. What a compliment!
It’s a great winter salad too, because it is wonderful served warm. The flavours of the dill, onion, stock and vinegar work perfectly as a warm side dish to almost anything. I like serving it with pork or barbecued lamb, because the sharpness of the dressing cuts through the richness of lamb and complements pork.
For the full experience, make sure you use floury potatoes – ones that fall apart and go fluffy rather than hold their shape. You can use sturdy, waxy potatoes too, but the softer this is the more authentic the experience.
So here you go. Here’s the recipe for delectable, delicious Kartoffelsalat.