German Potato Salad with Cucumber

German Potato Salad with Cucumber is filled with textures and is great for any occasion. Tender potatoes, crisp cucumber, and onion delicately simmered in a vegetable broth. Tossed with a tangy mustard dressing and garnished with chives, this side dish will impress.

German Potato Salad with Cucumber

German Potato Salad with Cucumber is a kid’s favourite side dish in Germany, so why not spread it around the globe? It’s a mayonnaise-free salad with plenty of flavour and textures. A fantastic salad to make ahead of time and bring to a potluck or get-together, even picnic! It pairs great with any protein and is most commonly eaten with a schnitzel (a deep-fried pork piece). When I go to Germany, I always like to have one in the fridge; it’s a perfect side dish to anything but also a fantastic snack!

Lighter and Crunchier

German Potato Salad with Cucumber

Forget mayo and forget big heavy cream; this salad needs a bit of broth and a standard mustard dressing. You heard me! A dressing with the usual mustard, oil and vinegar, so simple! A lot already cuts the calorie intake since half the potatoes are replaced with cucumbers, and the dressing gives it a lovely kick without all the mayo or heavy cream you often see with potato salads. The contrast between the crunchy cucumber and soft potato texture makes this salad interesting! A medley of textures!

A German Thing

German Potato Salad with Cucumber

In South Germany, this salad is in every Beer Garten, restaurant, supermarket and even at the butcher. Kids love this salad, so it’s a great salad to bring to a birthday party, picnic, potluck, or even camping. Try to serve it cold and leave it to marinate for at least an hour before serving it. It’s one of those salads that gains flavour in the fridge. Germany has many different types of ‘Kartoffeln Salat,’ some eaten warm with bacon bits, others with bologna meat, etc. I prefer this version cold, but many restaurants serve it warm.

The Potato Choice

Choose a potato that holds well once cooked but is not too waxy because the dressing will slide off. So stay away from the waxy and starchy; aim in the middle—all-purpose type of potato. Keep the skin of the potato on when boiling; it helps conserve the minerals and vitamins of the potato and prevents the potato from absorbing too much water, which would make it mushier. A little trick I’ve learned in cooking school is to peel the hot potato with a paper towel; don’t wait until it cools down (check the video). It slides right off.

German Potato Salad with Cucumber


This salad is also eaten without the cucumbers; you could do the same thing and omit the cucumbers if you do not like them. Some people use dill or parsley instead of chives or nothing at all. This is again up to you! You can, as previously mentioned, eat this salad warm or cold.


It can be kept in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to three days. It also freezes better than its mayonnaise cousin; check out this link to learn all about freezing potato salads.

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German Potato Salad with Cucumber

A traditional German Potato Salad with Cucumber is a fun medley of textures and an healthier alternative to other types of potato salad. It contains soft onions in a broth, mustard, vinegar, oil and chives for an easy snack, side dish or potluck salad!
5 from 20 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
resting time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Lunch, Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: German, vegan, vegetarian
Keyword: broth, cider vinegar, cucumber, dressing, fruit salad, german, mustard, potato, potato salad, side dish, vegetarian, vinaigrette
Servings: 4 portions
Calories: 519kcal
Author: Marie Breton


  • 6 all-purpose potato medium sized
  • 300 g cucumbers about one long English or three mall French cucumbers
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 200 ml vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 1 handful chives finely chopped
  • salt and pepper


  • 120 ml olive oil
  • 120 ml cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp mustard Any type you prefer (I used 'a l'ancienne' which is sweeter)
  • salt and pepper


  • Boil the potato until tender for about 20 minutes.
  • Make the dressing by adding all the ingredients to a small bowl and mix.
  • In a small pot, soften the onion with a bit of olive oil, at medium-low heat until translucent for 5 minutes.
  • When the onion is dry, and no liquid is coming out, add the vegetable broth and cook for two more minutes. Cool and reserve.
  • Once the potato are cooked, peel them with the help of a papel towel, and cut into half m
  • Peel and cut the cucumbers in half moons, too.
  • Add the potato, cucumber, softened onions and dressing to a big bowl and mix all together.
  • Add the chopped chive on top.



This salad can be eaten cold or warm.


Calories: 519kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Sodium: 264mg | Potassium: 1512mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 68mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 3mg
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Terrie

    This has my mouth watering. I will be making this over the summer months!!


    5 stars
    This is a very simple but interesting recipe. I would have never thought to pair cucumber with potatoes. The flavor and texture profile is pretty interesting. I am going to try this recipe; will share on my FB page. Thanks for sharing.

  • Andrea

    5 stars
    This recipe looks so tasty! I’ve had the traditional German potato salad, but I love the idea of making it with cucumbers. They are my favorite, and I can imagine how refreshing this tastes!

  • Katie

    Yum! I am not a fan of mayo and therefore never eat potato salad. I love this recipe without even trying it! The mix of textures is right up my alley!

  • Tereza Kumric

    Will definitely try this recipe. My family loves potato salad and have never tried it this way. Thanks for sharing.

  • Katy Trott

    Ooh this looks yummy! Going to give this a go. I love the idea of cucumber – I do potato salad with celery slices and the crunch just works!!

  • Maryanne

    Gotta love a good potato salad. Great recipe and easy to follow. I like the variations too. Thanks for sharing!

  • Meri

    Sounds delish! Very refreshing. Looking forward to making this one!

  • Sarah Dedo

    I love that you posted this recipe! We are currently stationed in southern Germany for another year… and this salad is very popular!

  • Julie

    Yum! Definitely worth trying this.

  • Tracy

    5 stars
    This looks so good! I love potato salad but haven’t had it with cucumbers before, even though I enjoy cucumbers just as much. Will have to try out this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  • Sarah

    This German potato salad sounds delicious and looks quite easy to make. I love potato salad but I’ve never had one like this so I will have to give it a try.

  • Tianna

    5 stars
    this looks delicious i have always wanted to try and make it and this has given me the push i needed

  • Bernice

    5 stars
    Made this the last time my parents dropped by for dinner and it was a hit all round our table. They even asked for the recipe!

  • Vanessa

    5 stars
    I love how many variations there are of German potato salad. My family is German and I am not familiar with this version but it was so delicious and much lighter than the version I grew up with.

  • Asha

    5 stars
    This salad made a tasty side for some grilled chicken breasts. The cider vinegar adds just the right amount of tanginess.

  • BT

    It would be helpful to use one measuring format (cups vs ml).

  • Chris

    5 stars
    As a child, a German friend brought her potato salad w/cukes to dinner & I was in love ❤️ I tried my own copycat versions but they were just “not it.” This recipe “hit the spot 💥 Thank you for the memories & the excellent recipe 😋

    • Marie Breton

      I must say, Germans make a lot of excellent potato salads! I’m glad I could bring back some precious memories for you.

5 from 20 votes (12 ratings without comment)

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