German potato salad

Not sure if this is cultural appropriation, but I call it German potato salad with no intention to appropriate anything… It’s just how I call it. I guess I could also ask my German friend Angelika to see if it resembles anything she’s grown up with…

German potato salad on a rectangular plate and black fork and spoon on the side

Anyway, this German potato salad has only 5 ingredients: potatoes, cornichons (gherkins), capers, mayo and Dijon mustard; it’s very easy to put together and tastes really really good.

I usually serve it with some German-style sausages and we have a dinner. My kids love it!

German potato salad on a rectangular plate and tapers on top

You will only need the before mentioned ingredients (potatoes, cornichons (gherkins), tapers, mayo and mustard – and salt and pepper, of course). Boil the potatoes and let them cool, slice the cornichons and mix everything together. Couldn’t get any easier.

German potato salad on a rectangular plate and black fork and spoon on the side

I like to eat it on the cool side, so I usually pop mine in the fridge before eating it.

Hope you enjoy it!

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German potato salad on a rectangular plate and a fork in the salad

German potato salad

  • Author: Carla
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: salad
  • Cuisine: German


A tasty and delicious potato salad with just 5 ingredients (not counting salt and pepper 🙂 ).


  • 10 medium size potatoes
  • 1/2 cup cornichons (gherkins)
  • 1 Tbsp capers
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. Boil the potatoes (peel on) with some salt. When done (about 10-15 min*) drain and let cool.
  2. In the meantime, slice the cornichons.
  3. When the potatoes are cool, remove the skin and cut them in 4-6 irregular bite size pieces. 
  4. Put the potatoes, cornichons and capers in a bowl. Mix and add the mayo and Dijon mustard. 
  5. Mix well and adjust salt and pepper to taste.  
  6. Refrigerate for an hour (I like it a bit cold) and serve.  



*  The cooking time will depend on the potato type you use. An easy way to know if they’re done is by poking a knife to the potato and if it feels soft and goes in easily, then they are done.

Keywords: German, potato salad, cold salad

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