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German potato salad recipe from the Rhineland region.

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Rheinischer Kartoffelsalat

Potato Salad Rhineland Style

The Rhenish potato salad is one of the most popular recipes from the Rhineland. It is a classic that both young and old love.

In comparison to the Swabian vinegar-oil variation, the Rhenish potato salad has mayonnaise as a base for the dressing. The classic Rhenish potato salad is made with mayonnaise and sausage, eggs and gherkins.

Potato Salad Rhineland Style

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Rhenish Potato Salad Recipe

German Potato Salad Rhineland Style

Angela Schofield
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 12 portions
Calories 346 kcal


  • 5- pounds yellow potatoes
  • 10 eggs
  • 1 large jar cornichons
  • 1 large nion
  • 6 green onions
  • 1 small jar light mayonnaise 22 fl. oz.
  • 1 tbsp. yellow mustard
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 pound Fleischwurst alternatively bologna sausage or lyon sausage
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Boil the potatoes until soft but still firm to the bite and let cool completely.
  • Cook the eggs hard for about 8-10 min. and let also cool completely
  • Peel and dice the potatoes and eggs into bite sized pieces and place into a large bowl.
  • Drain the pickles and make sure to keep some of the pickle juice. Cut pickles into small pieces.
  • Cube the onion and slice the green onions finely.
  • To a medium sized bowl add mayonnaise, salt, pepper, sugar, pickle juice, heavy whipping cream and the mustard. Mix until well combined.
  • Add the dressing mixture, onions, green onions, and pickles to the large bowl with the potatoes and eggs.
  • Slice the sausage into slices and then into cubes and add them to the bowl.
  • Mix well and allow to marinate for at least 2 hours.
  • Serve as a main dish or as a side.


Try this recipe with all kinds of deli meats.

Have some leftovers? This potato salad is a great choice to get them eaten.

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