Potato Salad

Swabian Potato Salad

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Germans love Potatoes. We really do. And there is an invisible potato salad border going through Germany- some prefer their potato salad with mayonnaise while the others prefer it with broth. As I am from the south, I only cook the Swabian potato salad.

And the swabian potato salad I am going to introduce you today is made with broth. It is more common in the south where I am from. And between you and me, it is soooo much better. 😉 I still have to find a recipe with mayonnaise that I love, to be honest.

What makes the Swabian potato salad so much better?

The play of vinegar, oil, mustard, and broth. That just makes him kinda sloppy, which is what you want to achieve. And it goes with any Swabian meal,-from Swabian Maultaschen or simply with a delicious Schnitzel! Or simply try it with my swabian meatballs! I also love it just on its own!

And if you cut the potatoes into small pieces, it’s best to use a mandolin to get them really wafer-thin. But please watch your fingers! As a mandolin is really really sharp.

What are the best potatoes for a Swabian potato salad?

Waxy potatoes are best suited for this -in Germany and Austria I can get the Annabelle variety, which are perfect for it. If you can get your hands on it, you are in for a treat!

In the south of Germany, the Annabelle is such an absolute hit, therefore it is also the only true potato for the Swabian potato salad.

Hold on, what are Annabelle Potatoes?

Annabelle is a breed between Nicola and Monalisa and has now become quite established on the German market. However, it originally comes from Holland and was only registered in Germany in 2002. It is a very early to early potato with excellent salad suitability: long shape, waxy, deep yellow flesh and just a very good taste. Due to its thin and fine skin, it also tastes great on its own as a jacket potato with a little butter and salt.

On her blog einfachkartoffel, Katharina explains everything about the different types of potatoes and also has a few unusual recipes ready for you! Have a look!

But lets talk about the preparation here for a second, as I assume thats why you are here 😉

That’s how it works:

First, wash and boil the potatoes. Depending on the size of the potatoes, this takes +/- 30 minutes. Pour into a large sieve and allow to cool and evaporate. In the meantime, cut the onions into small cubes. Put the butter in a small saucepan and let it melt. Add the onions and sauté until translucent but not brown, add the sugar and stir. Add mustard, stock(broth), oil & white balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper and remove the pot from the heat and let it cool slightly. Peel the potatoes and use a mandolin to slice them into thin slices directly into the salad bowl.

And now comes my favourite trick to prevent the potatoes from collapsing completely:

Add some dressing after 2 potatoes. And DO NOT stir. Then just repeat until all the potatoes are peeled, sliced and covered in dressing.

And now, when all the potatoes are peeled and grated in the salad bowl, you can stir briefly and let them soak into that beautiful dressing. Then be sure to try the salad, it probably needs a little more salt. Add salt to the potatoes, try again and then stop trying as you will not be able to stop 😂

It’s best served lukewarm, it tastes GREAT! 🙂


sabrina x

Swabian Potato salad

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a Swabian classic!

  • Prep time:
    30 minutes
  • Cook time:
    40 minutes
  • Total time:
    1 hours 10 minutes


4 servings
1 kg  potatoes – Annabelle work best
10 g butter
30 ml  sunflower oil
15 g mustard
1 pinch sugar
30 ml white Balsamic
300 ml vegetable stock
1 onion cut in small cubes
salt and pepper


  • mandoline

Steps of preparation

  1. Cook the potatoes in boiling water until cooked- +/- 30min
  2. Pour them in a big sieve and let them cool down a bit.
  3. In the meantime, cut the onions in small cubes.
  4. Add the butter in a small pot and let it melt. Add the onions and let them get a bit of color.
  5. Add the sugar and stir it underneath.
  6. Then add the mustard, the broth & balsamic straight after. Add some salt and pepper.
  7. Take the pot off the heat and let it cool down while you start peeling the potatoes.
  8. Peel the potatoes using a vegetable slicer, slice the potatoes in thin slices straight in your salad bowl.
  9. After around 2 potatoes, add a bit of the dressing on top.
  10. Repeat until all potatoes are peeled, sliced and covered in dressing.
  11. When all potatoes are peeled and covered in the dressing, gently mix everything together using a spoon and a fork
  12. Taste it- they probably need more salt
  13. enjoy it warm with some Schnitzel or Maultaschen.


Absolutely delicious with some Maultaschen!

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2 thoughts on “Swabian Potato Salad”

  1. Brigitte Wieser

    Liebe Sabrina,

    ha, Schwäbischer Kartoffelsalat, was für eine gute Idee! Viele Ihrer Expats werden es lieben:)

    Ihnen einen guten Rest der Woche nach Sofia!


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