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German Potato Salad in a glass bowl

How to Make Authentic German Potato Salad

  • Author: Gitta Grether-Sweeney
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1/2 cup 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: German


Tangy and moist potato salad. A perfect side dish for summer picnics and BBQ's


Units Scale
  • 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 9 ounces Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules such as Knorr (Alternative: 2/3 cup beef broth)
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon Maggi Seasoning
  • 2 tablespoon sliced chives


  1. Thoroughly wash potatoes with a vegetable brush to remove any residual dirt.
  2. Place potatoes in a large cooking pot and add enough water to cover the potatoes.
  3. Bring water to boil and cook potatoes until they are fork-tender, about 20-30 minutes.
  4. Drain water from the potatoes and let them cool for 5-10 minutes or until you can hold them comfortably in your hands without burning your fingers.
  5. Peel the potatoes.
  6. Slice the potatoes into 1/4 inch slices and place in a large bowl.
  7. Place beef bouillon granules in a microwave-safe dish or measuring cup. Add 2/3 cup hot water. Place the container in the microwave and heat water until boiling. Take the container out of the microwave and stir until the granules dissolve.
  8. Pour the liquid over the potatoes.
  9. Add the diced onions and stir until combined.
  10. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper, and Maggi Seasoning. Whisk until well combined.
  11. Pour over the potatoes and combine dressing with the potatoes and onions.
  12. Add chives and toss.
  13. Cover and refrigerate potato salad for 2-3 hours for the flavors to meld together.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup
  • Calories: 180
  • Sugar: 1.8 g
  • Sodium: 402.2 mg
  • Fat: 11.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18.5 g
  • Protein: 2.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.2 mg

Keywords: salad, BBQ