AUSTRIAN POTATO SALAD (ERDÄPFELSALAT) – VIENNA, AUSTRIA
December 2, 2019
This delicious Austrian potato salad is the traditional accompaniment to wiener schnitzel, one of the principal delicacies of Austria.
It is light, cool and when combined with schnitzel and lingonberry sauce, it is absolutely DEVINE! This simple dish uses basic, common ingredients and is quick and easy to prepare. In addition to schnitzel, it is also perfect for summer barbecues and picnics.
When Ben and I tried our first schnitzels in the heart of Vienna, we were taken aback by the potato salad, as for some reason we assumed it would be hot! We were thinking of common meat accompaniments, for example, boiled potatoes and chips and were expecting something similar.
Clearly we were uncultured swines who had no knowledge of authentic Austrian cuisine, and for that, we apologise!
Traditional Austrian potato salad differs from typical American potato salad in that it is much lighter due to the absence of mayonnaise. Instead, it has an apple cider vinegar base with the added flavours of Dijon mustard, garlic, and onions.
It is important to use the right kind of potato in this salad, otherwise, they could quickly crumble and won’t be the right consistency.
For this recipe, I would recommend small to medium-sized waxy potatoes. Doing this allows you to achieve perfect slices without as many crumblies!
I hope you enjoy this fresh Austrian potato salad! Let us know if you make any additions or substitutions!