Viennese Potato Salad with Red Onions, Recipe from the Professional Chef with Other Austrian Original Variants

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My recipe Viennese Potato Salad I present to you in this article with many tips and ideas.

Since I come from Bavaria and have been living in Austria for 20 years, my recipe with many variations is a good place to go for you.

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1. Viennese Potato Salad Figlmüller, a good Start!

As a tourist and local you are at Figlmüller in the potato salad heaven. I don’t know of any gastromic establishment where potato salad tastes so good and the quality remains the same. Respect! There are three Figlmüller restaurants in the centre of Vienna, all close to Bäckerstrasse. The oldest and most famous restaurant is in the passage to Wollzeile, known for the fantastic Wiener Schnitzel. The second restaurant is called Lugeck at the beginning of the Bäckerstrasse, the third is in the Bäckerstrasse after the Lugeck on the right side. For those who want to add Wiener Schnitzel to the potato salad heaven, I recommend two visits: First eat Wiener Schnitzel from veal in the Lugeck, second try in the other both restaurants the big breaded Schnitzel from the pork. I wouldn’t be surprised if you stopped for a third time! But now quickly switch to making your own potato salad:

2. Prepare the Dressing for the Potato Salad

The potato salad dressing was shown to me by a Viennese cook with a heart. Beef broth, red wine vinegar, tarragon mustard, salt, pepper, sugar and red onion cubes. The special thing about the Viennese potato salad is that the onion cubes are added to the broth, but are not allowed to boil. They only have to draw and therefore still have a good bite. The tarragon mustard adds its typical Austrian “mustard” and here the proverb of the finest works! More details about the recipe below.

3. Potato Salad “Erdäpfelsalat” with Mayonnaise

I don’t want to write much about it here because it’s a contribution of its own, the recipe potato salad with mayonnaise, to which I’d like to refer.

Mayonnaise selber machen für Kartoffelsalat.Erdäpfelsalat with mayonnaise makes one or the other really happy!

4. Styrish Erdäpfelsalat with Pumpkin Seed Oil

Prepare my basic recipe potato salad below and add pumpkin seed oil to each serving on your plate. In addition I recommend the Styrian pumpkin seed oil from Pelzmann. The onions can be added raw, but freshly cut.

5. Erdäpfelsalat with Lamb’s Lettuce “Vogerlsalat”

Vogerlsalat is only called that in Bavaria and Austria. Further names are Lamb’s Lettuce, Rapunzel and Field Salad. The Vogerlsalat is washed, cleaned (roots away!) and dried under the prepared Erdäpfelsalat lifted. Who makes it clever saves some salad for decoration and also a little dressing. Then marinated lettuce leaves are added to the salad and that looks great. Have a look at the article wash lamb’s lettuce, then everything will go just fine.

Erdäpfelsalat mit Vogerlsalat zum Wiener Schnitzel.Erdäpfelsalat with Vogerlsalat to the Wiener Schnitzel a classic combination.

6. Onions in the Erdäpfelsalat

The onion thing is with me with every potato salad recipe. The potato salad is no exception. The potato salad ferments when it is prepared with raw onions and remains standing for too long. For onions in potato salad there are three variants and rules in the preparation:

  1. Just before serving, cut the onions fresh and mix them with the potato salad. Eat everything promptly – the shelf life of the potato salad is limited (even if stored in a cool place).
  2. Blanch the onion cubes briefly, then mix into the salad, cooled down – keep cool for approx. one day.
  3. Marinate the onion cubes in some vinegar and sugar for approx. 10 minutes and then mix in without the marinade – keep cool for approx. one day.

7. The right Potato Variety is Needed for Potato Salad!

Potato varieties that do not decompose are in demand. These are, at best, shape-retaining, waxy (also called “fatty”) or predominantly waxy potato varieties such as: Agria, Bamberger Hörnchen, Hansa, Linda, Marabel, Sieglinde, Ditta, Cilena, Nicola, Selma. The floury potatoes are better for mashed potatoes and potato dough.

8. More Recipes for Potato Salad

potato salad with mustard, Bavarian potato salad from Munich, potato salad with yogurt, Swabian potato salad, easy potato saladclassic potato salad, potato salad with bacon, potato salad with mayonnaise, Potato Salad with Lamb’s Lettuce and Porcini Mushrooms in Strudel Dough.

9. My Recipe for Viennese Potato Salad

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4.82 from 11 votes
Potato Salad Viennese Style
Potato salad Basic recipe with variations, presented by professional chef Thomas Sixt.
Prep Time12 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time57 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dishes
Cuisine: German Recipes
Keyword: Gluten Free Recipes
Servings: 2 Persons
Calories: 263kcal
Author: Thomas Sixt
  • 300 g potatoes
  • 20-30 ml sun flower oil
  • 150 ml beef broth
  • 30 ml red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs tarragon mustard
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 pinch pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 pc onion red onion
  • 1/2 bunch chives or parsley
  • Boil the washed potatoes in salted water until soft, drain and allow to evaporate briefly.
  • Bring to the boil in a washed-out pot, season with red wine vinegar, tarragon mustard, salt, pepper and sugar to taste with a strong sweet and sour taste.
  • Peel the red onion and finely dice it, add the diced onion to the potato salad dressing and leave to stand for a few minutes.
  • Peel and slice the potatoes, place them in a large bowl. Sprinkle with the sunflower oil and mix.
  • Add the lightly cooked onion cubes with a ladle to the sliced potatoes, pour the marinade over the potato slices, stir carefully and marinate.
  • Let the potato salad steep for 20 minutes, then season to taste again and serve sprinkled with freshly chopped chives or parsley.

10. Erdäpfelsalat Tips and Tricks

In the recipe above I describe the classic preparation of potato salad. The potatoes are cooked raw and unpeeled in salt water. You can save time and energy and also cook the potatoes peeled and sliced in broth or in a steam cooker or steam pot.

11. Nutrition Information about My Potato Salad

Nutrition Facts
Potato Salad Viennese Style
Amount Per Serving
Calories 263 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Sodium 1637mg71%
Potassium 667mg19%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 4g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Author: Thomas Sixt

Hi, I am a German Chef, Cookbook Author and Food Photographer. The imparting of cooking knowledge is my great passion. Everyone can cook for himself and with this website I would like to contribute to its success. Let yourself be inspired and enjoy good food. If you have any cooking questions, please use the comment function at the end of each article and recipe. I wish Thomas Sixt Good Luck!