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Close up of white porcelain bowl full of German potato salad garnished with parsley with raw potatoes in the background.

Classic German Potato Salad

  • Author: Nina-Kristin Isensee
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x


This typical German side dish is a perfect choice for your summer BBQ. It goes so well with every kind of sausages, steaks, ribs, or grilled vegetables!


  • 2 lbs waxy potatoes
  • 4 pickled gherkins (plus some of their juice)
  • 3 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • handful fresh chives
  • handful fresh parsley
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)


  1. Boil the potatoes in their skins until fork tender and allow them to cool completely, preferably overnight.
  2. Peel the potatoes and cut into slices. Set aside.
  3. Slice or dice the gherkins. Set aside.
  4. Mince the chives and parsley. Set aside.
  5. To make the dressing, mix the mayonnaise with the yogurt, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in a little gherkin juice to create a creamy consistency.
  6. Place the sliced potatoes and gherkins in a large bowl and fold in the dressing to coat. Garnish with parsley and chives, and refrigerate for a few hours before serving, to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: German

Keywords: German, potato salad, Oktoberfest