Technically, there is no such thing as German potato salad. There are many regional variations and most families will follow their own recipes. In Northern Germany it’s common to make potato salad with mayonnaise. In the South, however, a mix of broth, vinegar and oil is more popular.
I’m from the North-West (literally, I grew up in North Rhine-Westphalia) so to me German potato salad must contain mayonnaise. However, as mentioned before, most families follow their own recipe. My mom usually tries to keep things somewhat healthy so our version is a little lighter. I grew up with this lighter version and thought everyone did it like that. One year, when I was a teenager, I was at friend’s place for NYE. There was a buffet with potato salad and I put loads on my plate thinking “Yay!”. Turned out it was “real” potato salad with 100% mayonnaise and I absolutely hated it because of how rich it was.
The Secret to Low Fat German Potato Salad
Fair enough, it’s not really a secret ;) With potato salad being a side dish a lot of people are trying to keep it low in both fat and calories. The best way to do this to “stretch” the mayonnaise with low fat yogurt. However, I wouldn’t go as far as replacing all of the mayonnaise with yogurt because you need the flavour.
Potato salad is perfect for BBQs, sausages or office lunch – in fact it often tastes even better the next day! I had it with Brezen ;)