Authentic Bavarian Potato Salad

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is an adopted recipe. Here's what the original poster had to say about this recipe: "This is the way Bavarians eat their potato salad. You can replace 1/3 of the potatoes with thinly sliced cucumbers and add them just before serving,or use field salad or endive lettuce instead. A Bavarian potato salad always has a slight sweet and sour taste. Also very important: do not leave out the butter, it changes the taste significantly. Serve it warm or at room temperature."

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Boil the potatoes, slice while still warm and add broth.
  2. Mix vinegar with salt, pepper and sugar.
  3. Sugar and salt should be dissolved before adding the oil.
  4. Add marinade to the potatoes.
  5. Add onions and finally the melted butter.
  6. Garnish with chives or parsley.
  7. If you want to add cucumber, thinly slice them and salt.
  8. Drain before adding to the salad.


Most Helpful

Substitute BACON GREASE for the OIL, and add crumbles of bacon...
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR instead of white vinegar...
and BROWN SUGAR instead of plain sugar...
Better flavor and more authentic

cotypie August 22, 2011

I am from Bavaria and my mom used to make it almost exactly like that. She never used butter but used mustard instead to give it a zesty flavor. Eitherway, this is a great dish.

mausi February 21, 2005

We were in Munchen for Oktoberfest last week and this is what is served in one of the beer tents, so this IS authentic. There are several different varieties of Bavarian potato salad so don't think this isn't authentic because there is no bacon in it. I used sunflower seed oil because it is readily available in Germany and most likely what was used. I also bought pumpkin seed oil to drizzle over it because that was how it was served to us, and it adds a delicious toasty nutty flavor, but I'm not sure how readily available it is in the US.

kerribear October 07, 2013

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