Germans love a good German potato salad recipe with Würstchen (Wiener sausages) on Christmas Eve. Kartoffelsalat mit Würstchen is a simple, stress-free meal that can be made ahead of time and that everybody loves!

Kartoffelsalat & Würstchen

About this Recipe

kartoffelsalat mit wurstchen german christmas eve meal dirndl kitchen

This Is A Sponsored Post That Contains Affiliate Links

What Food Do Germans Eat On Christmas Eve?

Besides the more modern versions of making Fondue or Raclette on Christmas Eve, there is also a simpler, more traditional German Christmas Eve recipe (and this one’s in fact preferred by my Opa Elmar): Kartoffelsalat mit Würstchen!
It’s an easy German potato salad recipe served with warmed Wiener sausages. The potato salad is usually just whatever kind the family prefers.

kartoffelsalat mit wurstchen german christmas eve meal dirndl kitchen
kartoffelsalat mit wurstchen german christmas eve meal dirndl kitchen

The German Potato Salad My Family Loves

My Oma Sieghilde used to make hers in a 

  • creamy mayo-pickle juice-broth dressing with 
  • lots of boiled eggs
  • small diced onion
  • pickles
  • & pieces of Wiener sausages (I used bacon instead this time)

I stayed pretty true to her recipe, except I switched out the sausages for crisped bacon pieces since Wiener sausages are already served with sausages. It’s SO GOOD! Of course you can choose to make whichever kind of potato salad your family prefers, which helps to make this meal so fun! Making this German potato salad is stress-free because it can be made ahead of time, so that all that’s left to do is to warm the sausages in warm water. And kids love it, too! My Opa preferred grilled Bratwurst instead of Wiener Würstchen, so that’s certainly an acceptable substitution.

kartoffelsalat mit wurstchen german christmas eve meal dirndl kitchen
kartoffelsalat mit wurstchen german christmas eve meal dirndl kitchen
kartoffelsalat mit wurstchen german christmas eve meal dirndl kitchen

Intro to German Christmas Traditions

Christmas Eve, unlike in America, is Germany’s biggest Christmas celebration and the first of the 3 Christmas holidays. Growing up in Germany, Christmas Eve was always my favorite holiday. Not just because of the presents (it often actually felt like torture having to wait until after dinner to open them), but because of the magic of the twinkling Christmas lights in the evening coupled with the coziness of being all inside on a cold Winter’s Day with close family. We dress up, eat a special meal together and spend time by the Christmas tree while exchanging presents and watch the kids play with their new toys. The kids receive larger presents, while adults typically just receive a few smaller ones.

kartoffelsalat mit wurstchen german christmas eve meal dirndl kitchen
kartoffelsalat mit wurstchen german christmas eve meal dirndl kitchen

 Kartoffelsalat & Würstchen Essentials


More German Christmas Recipes

vanillekipferl german vanilla bean cookies dirndl kitchen

Vanillekipfel

dirndl kitchen zimtstern german cinnamon cookie recipe

Zimtsterne

Nussecken after glazing with dark chocolate

Nussecken

Next Up:

Even more German Recipes

Christmas is over. So what’s next? All sorts of amazing German Recipes! Make sure to subscribe to my blog now, so you’re not missing out when this new German recipes go live!

kartoffelsalat mit wurstchen german christmas eve meal dirndl kitchen
Print Recipe
5 from 1 vote
Pin Recipe

German Potato Salad with Würstchen

Germans love a good German potato salad recipe with Wiener sausages on Christmas Eve. Kartoffelsalat mit Würstchen is a simple, stress-free meal that can be made ahead of time and that everybody loves!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Resting Time12 hrs
Total Time13 hrs
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: German
Keyword: german christmas eve recipe, german potato salad recipe, german simple christmas recipe, simple german christmas recipe, traditional german christmas eve recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 608kcal

Ingredients

Salad Ingredients

  • 2 kilograms waxy potatoes like gold potatoes
  • 150 grams red onion
  • 100 grams thick-cut bacon
  • 200 grams dill pickles large pickles, I linked the German pickles I use
  • 5 eggs plus more for garnish

Dressing Ingredients

Other

  • chopped parsley, more boiled eggs, sliced pickles for garnish
  • 8 Wiener sausages I buy mine at a local German butcher, but you can also find them online.

Instructions

  • Boil potatoes, skin on, ideally the day before preparing the salad. Then peel, leaving the potatoes whole, and keep cool and covered until ready to put together the salad.
  • Boil your eggs (use instructions above for medium-boiled eggs, making sure to boil a few additional eggs for garnish). Let them cool and dice.
  • Medium dice the pickles and Wiener sausages.
  • Combine everything in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Slice the potatoes into about 1/4 inch thick slices and combine them in a bowl with the small diced onion.
  • To make the dressing, in a medium-sized pot, combine broth, pickle juice, mustard and bring to a boil. Add salt, pepper and sugar to taste (it should not be too sour or else grandma gets mad!).
  • Let cool slightly, then pour over potato-onion mixture and let marinate for 10 minutes before folding in the mayo.
  • Combine with the diced pickles, eggs, and crisped bacon pieces. Keep cool in the fridge, and garnish before serving with more eggs, pickles, and parsley before serving.
  • Warm the Wiener sausages in a large pot of cold water, then warm them, but do not let them boil.
  • Serve family-style and enjoy! Guten Appetit!

Nutrition

Calories: 608kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 1287mg | Potassium: 1327mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 344IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 4mg

Sponsored Content and Affiliate Links Disclosure

I received compensation from Niche Import Co. in exchange for writing this post. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions, thoughts and recipes are my own. This post contains affiliate links, which means that I may be compensated if you click certain links.