Savor the flavor of German Potato Salad today

Welcome to my vegan version of authentic German potato salad, a classic dish that will tantalize your taste buds and warm your soul. As a vegan chef, I am always experimenting with traditional recipes to create new, plant-based versions that are just as delicious, if not more so. This recipe is made with the freshest ingredients and simple steps that will make it easy for you to prepare at home.

My inspiration for this recipe comes from my love of German cuisine and my belief that vegan food can be just as flavorful and satisfying as its non-vegan counterparts. This dish is perfect for anyone looking for a comforting and hearty meal that is both nutritious and delicious.

In addition to being vegan, this recipe is also gluten-free, making it an ideal choice for those with dietary restrictions. The combination of creamy potatoes, tangy vinegar, and savory seasonings creates a symphony of flavors that will keep you coming back for more. Perfectly seasoned and easy to customize to your desired taste, this German potato salad is sure to become a family favorite.

So, let’s get started on this culinary adventure that I promise will have your taste buds singing praises. Get your apron on, grab your ingredients and let’s start cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

German Potato Salad (Vegetarian)
German Potato Salad (Vegetarian)

Are you tired of the same old plain potato salad recipe? Look no further, I have the solution for you! Introducing vegan German potato salad! Not only is this dish full of savory and tangy flavors, but it’s also a healthier alternative to traditional potato salad.

This salad stands out from the rest with its unique combination of boiled potatoes, crispy red onions, and fresh herbs such as parsley and dill. Not to mention, the dressing is a flavorful blend of seasoned rice vinegar, olive oil, and paprika which adds depth and richness to the dish.

One of the best things about this recipe is that it’s versatile and adaptable to any occasion. It’s perfect for summer barbecues or winter potlucks. Plus, it pairs perfectly with your favorite sandwiches, burgers, or grilled veggies.

Another thing to love about German potato salad is its simplicity. With only 10 ingredients and straight forward instructions, anyone can make it at home with ease. The hardest part might be deciding which type of potatoes to use; Red Bliss or Yukon Gold? Both are great options and will give you a slightly different texture and flavor profile.

This recipe is also vegan-friendly without sacrificing any of the traditional German elements that make this dish renowned worldwide. You won’t even notice the absence of bacon typically found in non-vegan versions.

In conclusion, there are numerous reasons why you will fall in love with vegan German potato salad. It’s delicious, healthy, versatile, easy-to-make, vegan-friendly and gives off that warm “gemütlichkeit” feeling that comes with all traditional German dishes. So gather your loved ones and enjoy a hot serving of creamy German potato salad today!

Ingredient List

 The star of the show! This tangy German potato salad is a must-try for all salad lovers.
The star of the show! This tangy German potato salad is a must-try for all salad lovers.

As we dive into this classic German Potato Salad recipe, let’s take a closer look at the star players of the show- our ingredients. Here is what you’ll need for this vegan twist on this traditional dish:


  • Red Bliss Potatoes (2 pounds)
  • Yukon Gold Potatoes (2 pounds)
  • Red Onion (1 medium to large size)
  • Seasoned Rice Vinegar (1/4 cup)
  • Canola Oil (1/4 cup)
  • Vegetable Broth (1/4 cup)
  • Fresh Dill (1/2 cup chopped)
  • Parsley (1/4 cup chopped; optional)
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper (4 teaspoons or to taste)
  • Salt (1 tablespoon or to taste)

These ingredients were specifically chosen to create the perfect blend of flavors in every bite. The combination of the waxy texture of the Red Bliss potates and Yukon Gold potatoes, combined with the slightly sweet and tangy bite of seasoned rice vinegar and savory flavors of fresh dill, make this dish something special.

The Recipe How-To

 Who needs meat when you have this delectable vegetarian version of the traditional German potato salad?
Who needs meat when you have this delectable vegetarian version of the traditional German potato salad?

Now, let’s dive into the most exciting part – creating this delicious vegan German Potato Salad! Follow the steps and guidelines below to create a warm and flavorful dish that will make everyone ask for more.


  • 2 pounds of red potatoes, cut into 1 to 2-inch pieces
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • ⅔ cup of seasoned rice vinegar
  • ½ cup of canola oil or neutral-flavored vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of smoked or regular paprika
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped parsley

Step-by-step guide:

  1. Boil the potatoes in a large pot of salted water for about 10 to 15 minutes or until they’re fork-tender but not too tender to hold their shape. Drain the potatoes and rinse them with cold water to stop cooking.

  2. In a separate pan, sauté the diced red onion with olive oil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened and slightly browned around the edges.

  3. Add seasoned rice vinegar, canola oil, sugar, salt, pepper, and paprika to the pan with onions. Stir well and bring it up to a boil, then turn off heat.

  4. Transfer boiled potatoes to a large mixing bowl; add dressing to the bowl as well. Toss gently , making sure each potato is fully coated in dressing.

  5. Finally, add chopped parsley on top and mix everything together, seasoning with additional salt if necessary.

If you’d like your salad warm or hot, you can let it sit for half an hour after mixing or heat it up directly back on the stove. This salad should be creamy with plenty of dressing that tends to gather at the bottom or corners – just toss again before serving.

Enjoy your vegan German Potato Salad!

Substitutions and Variations

 A potato salad that's sure to impress! This dish takes you straight to Germany with every spoonful.
A potato salad that’s sure to impress! This dish takes you straight to Germany with every spoonful.

When it comes to cooking, there are plenty of ways to make a recipe your own. This German Potato Salad is no exception, and there are several substitutions and variations you can make to tailor it to your preferences.

Firstly, if you don’t have access to Red Bliss or Yukon Gold potatoes, you can use any waxy potato available in your area. That said, using the right type of potato is key for this dish as waxy varieties hold their shape after cooking, which contributes to the authentic German texture and taste.

If you’re looking for a vegan alternative to canola oil, olive oil or any other neutral-flavored vegetable oil can be substituted in equal parts. You could also try using avocado oil or coconut oil for a slightly different twist.

For those who prefer a sweeter flavor profile, consider adjusting the amount of sugar used in the dressing. Additionally, using apple cider vinegar instead of seasoned rice vinegar adds a little more sweetness and tanginess that compliments the potatoes nicely.

If you’re looking for a creamier texture without using mayonnaise, try adding a bit of vegan sour cream or yogurt to the dressing. Alternatively, swapping out some of the oil for creamy avocado or mashed avocado adds richness and healthy fats while maintaining a vegan and dairy-free option.

Finally, if you’re looking for an extra protein boost, adding some crumbled tofu bacon or tempeh into this traditional German Potato Salad would complement its flavors beautifully.

Remember, feel free to get creative with your ingredients and explore different combinations that suit your tastes!

Serving and Pairing

 Can't get enough potatoes? Neither can we! This salad is the perfect way to add some excitement to your potato game.
Can’t get enough potatoes? Neither can we! This salad is the perfect way to add some excitement to your potato game.

I’m thrilled to share tips on how to serve and pair this scrumptious German Potato Salad. This savory and tangy salad pairs well with vegan burgers, BBQ tofu, veggie sausages, or grilled veggies. It’s a great addition to summer outdoor gatherings or holiday feasts.

When serving, make sure to drizzle some extra dressing on top and garnish with fresh parsley or dill to add a pop of color and refreshing taste. If you want to elevate your potato salad game, try adding crispy vegan bacon bits on top for added texture and smoky flavor.

This salad can be served warm or cold. It’s totally up to your preference. If you prefer the salad cold, store it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes prior to serving. On the other hand, if you like it warm, serve it immediately after preparation for that comforting hot-potato feeling!

Finally, keep in mind that the combination of flavors and textures are only limited by your imagination! Get creative with your pairing and explore new tastes that suit your personal preferences. German Potato Salad is a robust dish that can hold up well with many different ingredients!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Thumbs up for this flavorsome and hearty German potato salad!
Thumbs up for this flavorsome and hearty German potato salad!

I have some great news for you! This German Potato Salad is not only a wonderful side dish but also keeps incredibly well, so you can make it ahead of time or store leftovers to enjoy later.

To make this happen, let the salad cool down to room temperature before storing it in an airtight container. It will keep fresh in the fridge for up to four days. I recommend serving it at room temperature or slightly chilled, but if you prefer your potato salad hot, feel free to reheat it on the stovetop over low heat with a splash of vegetable broth until warm.

Remember that potato salads can become dry over time as the potatoes absorb moisture from other ingredients. You can prevent this from happening by adding a little bit of extra dressing right before serving. If you notice that the salad is looking dry, try mixing in some creamy vegan mayo or a drizzle of apple cider vinegar for some extra moisture.

Also, keep in mind that salt and pepper are crucial for bringing out the flavors in this dish, so be sure to adjust the seasoning after reheating and before serving.

Overall, this German Potato Salad is a perfect side dish to prepare ahead of time or save as leftovers for later. Just follow these simple storage instructions and enjoy your warm, creamy German potato salad any time you want!

Tips for Perfect Results

 With its smoky and bold flavors, this vegetarian German potato salad is a crowd-pleaser!
With its smoky and bold flavors, this vegetarian German potato salad is a crowd-pleaser!

Now that you’ve got the basic recipe down, let’s talk about how to make sure your German potato salad turns out perfectly every time. Here are some tips to help you achieve that mouthwatering flavor and texture:

1. Use waxy potatoes: Waxy potatoes such as Red Bliss or Yukon Gold potatoes are best for this recipe because they hold their shape well and don’t get mushy when cooked. Avoid using starchy potatoes like Russets which can turn the salad into a gooey mess.

2. Cut your potatoes uniformly: Make sure all your potato pieces are cut evenly so they cook evenly. Try to keep them around 1-2 inches in size.

3. Boil the potatoes in vegetable broth or water: Boiling the potatoes in vegetable broth adds extra flavor to the salad, but if you don’t have any on hand, filtered water works just fine.

4. Dress the potatoes while they’re still warm: Warm potatoes absorb flavor better than cold ones, so it’s important to dress them while they’re still hot from boiling. Mix them with the dressing as soon as they’re cooked.

5. Let it marinate: Letting the salad marinate for at least an hour before serving allows the flavors to meld together and intensify, resulting in a more delicious potato salad.

6. Add fresh herbs at the end: Fresh herbs like parsley and dill can taste best when added at the end instead of during cooking. They add a burst of freshness and color to your vegan German potato salad that will make it look and taste great!

7. Adjust seasoning to your taste: Don’t be afraid to play with the amount of paprika, salt or pepper until it gets to your liking.

With these tips in mind, you’ll have no problem making a warm German potato salad that is sure to dazzle everyone who tries it!


As a vegan chef, I understand that you could have some questions or concerns about how to cook a German Potato Salad without the use of bacon or any animal byproducts. In this section, I’ll answer some of the most common questions about this recipe, such as recommended substitutions and variations, serving options, and more. If you still have any doubts, please don’t hesitate to contact me with your inquiry.

Why is it called German potato salad?

Potato salad was often prepared with bacon, onion, and a tangy vinegar dressing, which became known as “German potato salad” due to its association with German immigrants. The history of mayonnaise in potato salad is a bit uncertain, but it’s believed that the addition of commercial mayonnaise, which became popular in the early 1900s, is what transformed the traditional potato salad into a creamier version that we know today.

How do you make Paula Deen’s potato salad?

For this recipe, you will need a bag of small red potatoes weighing three pounds which should be quartered. Along with that, you will need mayonnaise, sour cream, fresh dill, salt, ground black pepper, bacon slices that are cooked until crisp and crumbled and hard-boiled eggs that are peeled and chopped.

How does Jamie Oliver make potato salad?

For this recipe, we start by combining natural yoghurt, English mustard, and extra virgin olive oil in a large serving bowl. We then add the zest of a lemon, the juice of the same lemon, and mix everything well. To complete the mixture, we add in the warm potatoes and season it to perfection. It’s important to taste and adjust the seasoning as needed to bring out the best flavors.

Bottom Line

: In conclusion, this vegan German Potato Salad recipe is perfect for those looking for a filling, flavorful and plant-based side dish that’s easy to make and sure to impress. With its tangy and slightly sweet dressing, fresh herb flavors, and a mix of creamy and crispy potatoes, this recipe is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. And not only is it delicious, but it’s also highly versatile and can be customized to your liking with various substitutions and variations.

So if you’re new to potato salads or vegan recipes in general, or simply looking for a hassle-free yet tasty dish to add to your meal rotation, give this recipe a try. It’s worth noting that this recipe has been praised by both meat-eaters and vegans alike – proof that plant-based cooking can be just as satisfying and mouth-watering as its non-vegan counterpart.

So don’t hesitate to put on your apron, gather your ingredients, and enjoy the process of creating this warm and comforting dish. Whether you’re looking for a side dish at a potluck or want to elevate your weeknight dinner routine, this vegan German Potato Salad is sure to become a staple in your recipe collection. So let’s put our culinary skills to work and wow our taste buds with this delicious and guilt-free creation!

German Potato Salad (Vegetarian)

German Potato Salad (Vegetarian) Recipe

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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine German
Servings 8 cups
Calories 656.2 kcal


  • 3 1/2 lbs Red Bliss potatoes or 3 1/2 lbs yukon gold potatoes
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup seasoned rice vinegar (if using unseasoned, add 1/2 tsp sugar)
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (smoked Spanish preferred)


  • In a large pot of salted water over medium-high heat, add the potatoes. Bring to a boil and cook until fork-tender, 25 to 35 minutes.
  • Drain the potatoes in a colander and peel while they are as hot as you can handle.
  • Cut one-third of them into 1/2 -inch-thick slices directly into a large resealable food storage container.
  • Drizzle one-third of the oil over them, then one-third of the vinegar.
  • Top the potatoes with one-third each of the onions, salt, pepper and parsley, in that order. Repeat the process twice.
  • Sprinkle the salad with the paprika.
  • Cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate at least overnight.
  • Turn the container over for several hours so the juices permeate the potatoes.
  • When ready to serve, bring the potato salad to room temperature and serve with a slotted spoon.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 475gCalories: 656.2kcalCarbohydrates: 66.9gProtein: 8.2gFat: 41.6gSaturated Fat: 3.2gSodium: 658.7mgFiber: 7.8gSugar: 6.4g
Keyword < 60 Mins, European, German, Potato, Vegetable
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