German salad

I’m back!

The days of sand and sea seem so distant now … Although only a week has passed.

To get the blogging rhythm back on track I chose a simple and fresh recipe to accompany these hot summer days. This salad is perfect to accompany the fabulous barbecue I’m sure many of you are having.

I guess there are many variations of German salad, but this time I followed one of my favorite cookbooks, “La comida de la familia” (The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adria) by Ferran Adria. As usual, its recipes and directions are perfect and the result guaranteed.

This salad reminds me of one that the women in my family (my mother, my aunt and my grandmother) used to make back in Panama; a simple potatoes salad, turns into something special by adding diced apple to give it a crunchy texture and beet, which mixed with the mayonnaise turns it into a beautiful pink delight to the sight and taste.  I have to ask for the other ingredients though, because I can’t remember them …. Hmm.

I hope you’re enjoying the summer and alleviating the heat with sea and pool bathing and long after-dinner talks under the night sky.

German salad

  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives
  • 2 spring onions
  • 180 g of frankfurters
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 5 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1.2 kg of new potatoes
  • 6 pickles (medium)
  • 2 tablespoons capers in vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Salt and black pepper


Cook the whole potatoes with their skins in salted water for 40 minutes. Once cooked, wrap in foil for half an hour.

Cut spring onions into small cubes and pickles and sausage into thin slices.

Peel potatoes and cut into medium size dices.

With a whisk, mix mayonnaise, cream and mustard. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Place potatoes, onions, pickles, capers and frankfurters. Pour the sauce and mix, ensuring that the potatoes do not break. Add more salt and pepper if desired and garnish with chopped chives on top.

Is good to be back!

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50 thoughts on “German salad

  1. Roger Stowell July 24, 2012 at 17:02 Reply

    Sounds like you had a good holiday. Welcome back.

    • Bluejellybeans July 24, 2012 at 20:16 Reply

      Oh, yes! It was fantastic :)
      Thanks for your comment Roger, how is your summer?

  2. glutenfreezen July 24, 2012 at 17:15 Reply

    Welcome back. The potato salad sounds wonderful. And your family salad sounds very interesting with the diced apples! Hope you’ll be able to post that one too!

    ~ Have a nice day! ~ April

    • Bluejellybeans July 24, 2012 at 20:19 Reply

      Hi April!
      Thank you very much for your comment :) Yes, I’m going to ask my mom for her recipe and see if I can make it here and post it.
      You too, have a very nice day. How’s the moving going?

      • glutenfreezen July 24, 2012 at 20:20 Reply

        House hasn’t sold yet…fingers crossed! We would like to be on our way back east no later than late September or the beginning of October. :)

        • Bluejellybeans July 24, 2012 at 20:34 Reply

          Fingers crossed over here too! ;) You still have time, so don’t worry too much and enjoy your beautiful home :)

  3. bulldogsturf July 24, 2012 at 17:28 Reply

    Glad you’re back with your ideas that gets my mouth watering…

    • Bluejellybeans July 24, 2012 at 20:23 Reply

      Hi Rob!
      Thanks a lot for your comment, I’m glad to be back too :)

  4. niasunset July 24, 2012 at 17:29 Reply

    This is my favorite salad! Thank you dear Giovanna, and it is nice to see you again, welcome home. Love, nia

    • Bluejellybeans July 24, 2012 at 20:25 Reply

      Dear Nia,
      Thanks for your comment :)
      I’m happy to be back and “seeing you” all :) I miss you a lot.

  5. thecompletecookbook July 24, 2012 at 17:35 Reply

    Lovely to have you back. Super potato salad recipe. :-) Mandy

    • Bluejellybeans July 24, 2012 at 20:28 Reply

      Hi Mandy!
      Thanks for stopping by :) I’m thrilled to be back. This blogging thing is addictive ;)

  6. Mad Dog July 24, 2012 at 18:16 Reply

    That does sound very German with apple and frankfurters. Bienvenido de nuevo Giovanna ;-)

    • Bluejellybeans July 24, 2012 at 20:29 Reply

      Hi MD!
      Good to see you :) ¡Me alegro mucho de estar de vuelta también!
      ¿Qué tal tu verano?

      • Mad Dog July 24, 2012 at 21:08 Reply

        Ha llovido durante dos meses, pero al fin el sol ha salido ;-)

        • Bluejellybeans July 25, 2012 at 00:23 Reply

          Bueno, ya sabes lo que dicen, “Nunca es tarde cuando la dicha es buena” ;)

  7. Jed Gray (sportsglutton) July 24, 2012 at 18:56 Reply

    Welcome back Giovanna and thanks for starting off with a German treat for me. ;-)

    • Bluejellybeans July 24, 2012 at 20:31 Reply

      Hey Jed!
      Thanks :) a German treat, indeed. How’s your summer?
      Is good to see you too!

  8. Chica Andaluza July 24, 2012 at 20:13 Reply

    A perfect potato salad, and beautifully photographed. ¡Bienvenida guapa!

    • Bluejellybeans July 24, 2012 at 20:32 Reply

      Hi Tanya!
      Muchas gracias por tu mensaje :) Estoy muy contenta de estar de vuelta y de haber empezado a escribir otra vez; esto me encanta ;)
      ¿cómo llevais el verano en la sierra?

      • Chica Andaluza July 24, 2012 at 21:00 Reply

        Aqui hace muchisimo calor pero pasado mañana vamos por Inglaterra para un mes. Me siento emocionada por el proyecto que tenemos (restorando una casa) pero triste tambien porque me encanta el verano aqui :(

        • Bluejellybeans July 25, 2012 at 00:26 Reply

          Bueno, en madrid nos estamos fundiendo… Parece mentira que hace apenas un par de semanas en Cadiz no pasabamos de los 30 grados!
          En Inglaterra te refrescarás un poco y seguro que lo pasais genial con la casa nueva.
          Que te diviertas mucho :)

          • Chica Andaluza July 25, 2012 at 09:06 Reply

            Muchisimas gracias Giovanna – pero me han dicho mis padres que ayer in Inglaterra por fin ha llegado el vernao ¡y hacia 30 grados!

  9. Broken Sparkles July 24, 2012 at 21:36 Reply

    Welcome back, I hope you had a good time away from blogging!

  10. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide July 25, 2012 at 01:15 Reply

    Welcome back. Great recipe, picking up right where you left off.

  11. ChgoJohn July 25, 2012 at 05:05 Reply

    Nice to have you back, Giovanna! And to celebrate you share a recipe with 2 of my favorite foods, potatoes and frankfurters! Yay!

  12. Tandy July 25, 2012 at 08:24 Reply

    sounds perfect for a summer’s day :)

    • Bluejellybeans July 28, 2012 at 02:28 Reply

      Hi Tandy!
      How are you? Thanks for your comment :)

  13. cocomino July 25, 2012 at 13:43 Reply

    Welcome back! The first photo is awesome.

  14. thebigfatnoodle July 25, 2012 at 17:14 Reply

    I love frankfurters so this salad is right up my street :)

  15. Promenade Claire July 25, 2012 at 18:42 Reply

    Lovely to se eyou back from your holiday, and what a perfect way to stat blogging – a simple summer salad. and now I want to know the recipe your mum made too !

    • Bluejellybeans July 28, 2012 at 02:37 Reply

      Hi Claire!
      Thanks, is good to be back in action ;)
      I’ll ask my mom for the recipe, don’t worry :)

  16. Karen July 25, 2012 at 23:01 Reply

    Welcome back Giovanna, Love the photos and the recipe.

  17. Christina July 25, 2012 at 23:50 Reply

    Looks like you had a great time! :) This german potato salad looks great! :)

    • Bluejellybeans July 28, 2012 at 02:39 Reply

      Hello Christina!
      Yes, it was fantastic :) Thanks for your comment!

  18. ambrosiana July 26, 2012 at 13:50 Reply

    Welcome back! Nice pics!

    • Bluejellybeans July 28, 2012 at 02:39 Reply

      ¡Hola Ambrosiana!
      Thanks for stopping by :) How’s the baby?

      • ambrosiana July 29, 2012 at 10:46 Reply

        Hi! The baby is doing fine and growing up very fast! Thanks for asking!

  19. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen July 31, 2012 at 05:17 Reply

    So nice to have you back here.. and here you are with a lovely salad as well!! Aren’t we so lucky?!! It sounds like you had a positively wonderful holiday!!

  20. Lisa insignif at best (@insignifblog) August 10, 2012 at 23:05 Reply

    This sounds fantastic! I’m going to have to try it!
    P.S. Thanks for linking up to the GtKY blog hop! :)

    • Bluejellybeans August 12, 2012 at 01:23 Reply

      Hi Lisa!
      Thank you for coming to my blog and commenting :) I think is a great idea, tomorrow I’ll take a look to see who else is linking up.

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