Creating an authentic German mustard potato salad is easier than you think! Made with red potatoes, olive oil, white wine vinegar, and of course, mustard, this potato salad makes an ideal side dish when you don't want a mayo-based potato salad. Seasoned with salt and pepper, and ready to go in under 30-minutes when served warm, this recipe with mustard is a WHOLE LOTTA YUM!
Mustard Potato Salad Recipe
Summertime is the perfect time for salads of all varieties. Not only are they quick and easy to create, but they are also super versatile.
In our home though, German potato salad with mustard is more than just another salad to serve with burgers or brats. For our family, German potato salad is a connection to my husband's heritage and his father is from Germany. In fact, every time we see him, he makes a variation of this classic German potato salad for us to all enjoy.
And now, using my own German mustard potato salad recipe, I can recreate that same dish for our family.
A perfect summertime dish, mustard potato salad can be served either warm or cold. With just a few ingredients, you can easily whip this up in no time!
Why you'll love this German Potato Salad Recipe
- One word - summertime! German potato salad is always a great dish for any summer evening whether you are cooking at home or attending a BBQ.
- Super versaitile, you can make your salad ahead of time and serve it cold or create it when you need it because this dish works just as well served warm.
- Our mustard potato salad recipe is the perfect potato salad option for those trying to follow paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan lifestyles!
- The mix of vinegar and mustard create a potato salad that is not overly creamy like traditional mayo-based salads.
Mustard Based Potato Salad ingredients
Your vegan mustard potato salad recipe needs just a few ingredients and a few minutes of your time. However, you will be rewarded with this different twist to a classic American dish.
- red potatoes - cut into 1" chunks
- sea salt
- olive oil
- white wine vinegar
- stone-ground mustard
- chives - chopped
Mustard Potato Salad variations
- Red Potatoes - Yukon gold potatoes or colored potatoes will also work well in this salad.
- Stone-ground mustard - While stone-ground is our preferred mustard for this salad, you can also use dijon.
- Chives - Fresh dill can also be used, or a 50/50 dill/chives blend.
- White Wine Vinegar - Feel free to experiment with other types of vinegar.
How to make Mustard Potato Salad
One of the best parts of this summertime recipe - no oven! The only appliances you will be needing today to make your potato salad are your stove and your refrigerator.
Make the mustard dressing by combining the oil, vinegar, and mustard in a medium-sized bowl.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Chop your potatoes into 1" chunks aiming to be as uniform as possible (this helps with even cooking of your potatoes).
Once your water has come to a boil, add the potatoes and the salt.
Bring the water back to a boil and cook for 8 minutes, or until your potatoes are fork-tender.
Drain the potatoes.
After draining your potatoes, immediately toss them with vinegar, oil, and mustard mixture you made earlier.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Let the salad cool for a few minutes then mix in the chives.
Serve immediately or chill in the fridge for several hours.
Enjoy! Serves 4.
Mustard Potato Salad Recipe tips
- Be sure to cut your potatoes as evenly as possible to ensure even cooking.
- You can serve your vegetarian German potato salad either warm or cold.
- Be sure to add the dressing immediately to the warm potatoes, you want the dressing to soak into the spuds.
- Because this dish does not contain mayo, you are good leaving this out at a BBQ or event.
How to serve German Mustard Potato Salad
We love to keep things authentic and serve our German potato salad with another classic German staple - brats! Whether we are going for crockpot brats and sauerkraut, beer brats on the stove, or making brats and peppers in the oven, pairing them with this potato salad with mustard is always a great combination!
Mustard Based Potato Salad FAQs
No, not this one at least. German potato salad is meant to be served warm. However, you can serve it cold, and the extra time in the fridge allows the flavors to blend. If you are serving your mustard potato salad cold, we recommend allowing it to chill for 2+ hours.
Absolutey! It's super simple to double or even tripple this recipe to feed a crowd - just make sure your pot for boiling the potatoes is large enough (or use more than one).
The beautiful thing about German potato salad is that it's super versatile. Traditionally, it's served warm, which is a wonderful change if you're used to the chilled American-style potato salad. The warmth really brings out those hearty flavors, especially the tangy vinaigrette and crispy bacon bits – yum! But hey, if you've got leftovers or you prefer it cold, go for it! It tastes fantastic chilled from the fridge too.
If you find your potato salad is a little too tangy from using a powerful mustard, you've got a few options. You could add more potatoes if you have them on hand. They'll soak up some of that extra mustardy kick. No extra spuds? Try adding a bit more vinegar, oil, or both. It can help to balance out the flavors. A bit of sugar or sweetener could also help mellow out the mustard. But remember, go easy – you don't want to swing too far the other way and end up with a sweet salad! Trial and error is key, so have a taste as you go until you're happy with the balance.
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