Potato Salad? Good. Pickles? Good. Apples? Good. Any questions?



This German recipe was an extremely interesting addition to my “5 Party Foods from Around the World” series. Kartoffelsalat is a unique spin on potato salad, consisting of boiled potatoes, cucumbers or pickles, apple, and fresh onion. Though this is a combination I would never think to put together, it was surprisingly delicious!

This traditional dish comes from Lea, whose grandfather often prepares kartoffelsalat for family functions or parties. Oftentimes, this food is made for barbeques or for Christmas Eve dinner. Although it is not the fanciest dish, the old-fashioned flavors and preparation are reliable; it’s been a constant hit at gatherings since its inception in either the mid-1800s or 1900s. First made in the region of Swabia in Southern Germany, every family and region has their own version of the recipe today. 

I thoroughly enjoyed trying Lea’s grandfather’s version of kartoffelsalat. As I chopped ingredients and stirred everything together, I must admit that I doubted the combination of cucumbers or pickles, apple, and fresh onion. But I am happy to report that it turned out surprisingly delicious! This recipe had a wonderful balance of sweet and sour tastes, and varying textures always make for a great potato salad. 

This classic German party food is perfect for large groups. It would be easy to make a vat of kartoffelsalat, and if there’s too much, don’t fret: I found that this makes great leftovers, and I may even dare to say they were better on the second day! 

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  • 1 kg Boiled Potatoes
  • 6 Pickles Diced
  • 1/2 Onion Diced
  • 1 Apple Diced
  • 2 tbsp Grainy Mustard
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • Splash of Pickle Water
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  • Cut peeled and boiled potatoes into slices.
  • Finely chop pickles, apple and onion.
  • Mix everything well with the remaining ingredients.
  • Add fresh chives or parsley for the summer version and serve!
Course: Snack
Region: Europe
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Crowd-pleaser, Holiday Inspired, Party Food


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