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German Salad Recipes

Updated on September 26, 2014
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Glimmer has been writing recipes online for almost 5 years. She enjoys coming up with unique and tasty dishes, especially sweet treats.

In Germany, when you order a salad at a restaurant, it does not usually come as a bowl of lettuce with vegetables and dressing added on top. Known as Bunte Salattellers, salads in German restaurants are dishes made up of several different vegetable salads and are quite colorful. The diner often walks away wishing they had the recipe for at least one of the salads that they had enjoyed. Some of my favorites have always been:

Beet Salad ✵ Celery Root Salad ✵ Carrot Salad ✵ Cucumber Salad ✵

You are sure to love all four of these delicious and traditional German salad recipes. Enjoy!

German Salads: Beet, Carrot, Cucumber and Celery Root Salad Recipes
German Salads: Beet, Carrot, Cucumber and Celery Root Salad Recipes | Source
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German Beet SaladBeets ready to be cooked.Cooked beets ready to be peeled.German beet salad dressing
German Beet Salad
German Beet Salad | Source
Beets ready to be cooked.
Beets ready to be cooked. | Source
Cooked beets ready to be peeled.
Cooked beets ready to be peeled. | Source
German beet salad dressing
German beet salad dressing | Source

Peeling beets

Beets are really easy to peel once boiled. The skin rubs right off. Look out because your hands will get stained during this process unless you wear gloves.

German Beet Salad (Rote Beete Salat)

The sauce for this salad really brings out the earthiness of the beets and gives the salad a sweet and sour tang.

  • 2 bunches beets
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds (or more according to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish (not horseradish sauce)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil

Prepare the beets by trimming off the greens and the tips. Boil the beets in salted water until tender, approximately 45 minutes. Set aside to cool, then peel and cut into bite sized pieces.

In a bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Add the beets and toss to coat. Let stand for a few hours. This salad is best served at room temperature. Refrigerate any remaining salad.

*Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com

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German Celery Root SaladUnpeeled celery rootPeeled celery rootGerman celery root salad dressing
German Celery Root Salad
German Celery Root Salad | Source
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Unpeeled celery root | Source
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Peeled celery root | Source
German celery root salad dressing
German celery root salad dressing | Source

Celery Root Salad (Selleriesalat)

This salad is surprisingly refreshing with the tang of lemon. It also makes an interesting addition to any salad plate.

  • 1 lb celery root, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 an apple, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Celery root is tough to work with, so have a good knife on hand when peeling and cutting.

Grate the celery root and apple in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl mix together the remaining ingredients and pour over the prepared celery root and apple. Toss all ingredients until well incorporated. Chill for at least one hour before serving. Refrigerate any remaining salad.

*Recipe adapted from simplyrecipes.com

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German Carrot SaladCarrots ready to be peeled and shredded.Shredded carrots and chopped dill.German carrot salad marinating.
German Carrot Salad
German Carrot Salad | Source
Carrots ready to be peeled and shredded.
Carrots ready to be peeled and shredded. | Source
Shredded carrots and chopped dill.
Shredded carrots and chopped dill. | Source
German carrot salad marinating.
German carrot salad marinating. | Source

German Carrot Salad (Karottensalat)

The orange juice makes this a sweeter salad that makes a nice contrast to other salads.

  • 2 lbs fresh carrots, peeled and grated
  • 1 bunch fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

Place the grated carrots and chopped dill in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients and pour over the carrot mixture. Toss together and let sit for at least 1/2 an hour. Refrigerate any remaining salad.

*Recipe adapted from food.com

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German Cucumber SaladCucumbers and onion ready to be sliced.Thinly sliced cucumbers and onions.Sliced cucumbers and onions layered.
German Cucumber Salad
German Cucumber Salad | Source
Cucumbers and onion ready to be sliced.
Cucumbers and onion ready to be sliced. | Source
Thinly sliced cucumbers and onions.
Thinly sliced cucumbers and onions. | Source
Sliced cucumbers and onions layered.
Sliced cucumbers and onions layered. | Source

German Cucumber Salad (Gurkensalat)

The longer this salad sits, the better it tastes!

  • 2 large cucumbers ( I use english seedless so I don't have to peel them), thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste

In a large bowl, layer the sliced onions and cucumbers, lightly salting each layer. Set aside for an hour and then drain off all liquid.

In another bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients and add the drained cucumbers and onions. Chill for at least 15 minutes. Refrigerate any remaining salad.

*Recipe adapted from acouplecooks.com

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh my goodness, I would starve in Germany! I would roam the streets begging for some meat...."please, sir, do you have some beef?" LOL

      I'll pass these on to Bev; I have no doubt she will want to make them.

      I did, however, despite my weird sense of humor, find this interesting. :)

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      This takes me back. Thanks. My favorite was the cucumber. Don't know why or when I stopped.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh my dad would love these. He truly loves German food, so I am sharing these with my mom just for him. Thanks and have voted and shared too!!

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      oh that beet salad looks excellent and Yummmm! Thanks for the great recipes Glimmer the yummy photos!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi Bill- Believe me, they have plenty of meat dishes in Germany. Huge portions sometimes. The salads are just the side/starter. Thanks for the comments!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Now is the perfect time to give the cucumber recipe a try Mhatter! Thanks for the visit.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi Janine - Thanks so much for your comments and share! Maybe your parents can have a German food dinner! I like to do theme dinners sometimes just to shake up the week!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      eHealer - I appreciate the comments. The beet salad is really good and earthy. The cloves give it an interesting taste. Thanks!

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      Jill Spencer 4 years ago from United States

      These look wonderful-- and I learned something, too! Pinned and voted up. Thanks!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Jill! Hope you enjoy the recipes.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Celery root salad is my all time favorite. All of these salads look delicious. Don't know which one to try first. Thanks for sharing all with wonderful pictures.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I have some cucumbers and I am really going to try your salad recipe tomorrow. I love your carrot idea as well. Thanks for sharing.

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      Your recipes excite me! I am going to print them and start chopping. Thanks so much.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Carol. They are all pretty good and it was fun making all of them for this hub although my husband told that he did not want any more salads for a while! I appreciate the comments.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi Teaches! That cucumber one is a great reminder of summer all year round. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for the visit!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Breakfastpop - I appreciate the comments. You'll have salads all weekend if you start right now! ;-)

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      Okay, I am off to the market!

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      frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

      OK now, I am mostly German, and love all of these except have never tried the celery root. And I will add dill to my carrot salad now. Thanks for delicious and healthy recipes. I looked for those stars to punch, but didn't find them...I'd punch a 5! Right on and thank you!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks frogyfish! I always forget to add that rating capsule...I need to add that. Definitely give the celery root a try. Really good. I appreciate the comments!

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these healthy recipes. I think I will try the carrots and cucumber.

      Voted up and useful. ;-)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Many thanks ignugent. You'll love the salads and they are healthy too.

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      I will enjoy making these salads, I loved the time I spent in Germany and their food. Voted up, interesting and useful!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks CyberShelley! These are good and take me back to Germany. I hope they do the same for you. I appreciate the support.

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      joaniebaby 4 years ago

      I am always looking for different salad recipes and your Carrot and Cucumber salads look good. My husband loves any cucumber salad and this one is just slightly different so will have to give it a try. The Carrot salad also sounds interesting. Thanks for posting.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Joaniebaby! The cucumber one is especially good if it sits a few hours or even the next day. I appreciate the comments.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Glimmer

      This is a great hub. You have included recipes I have enjoyed throughout the years. My sister lived in PA for many years and learned to make so many luscious German dishes including these. I have never really made them but am marking these so I can add them to my files. Thank you for sharing them. Voted up up and away

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much pstraubie! I hope you give some of them a try. They are really good. I appreciate your support!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Yummy! I love German salads except the celery salad which I don´t like. Rotebeete salad is so healthy and my favorite. Thanks for sharing.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate the comments Thelma! I love the beet salad too. I can't get my husband to eat it though. Maybe some time he will give it a shot.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      All these salads look really yummy, and I'm a salad lover. Not because they're low in calories, because some salads aren't, but I just love veggies and fruits and these salads you have pictured look so good! I'm going to have to bookmark them so I can make them on my next cooking streak.

      I think these look fantastic for a holiday buffet too! Colorful, festive, and they sound delicious as well. Perfect!

      Voted up, useful, and will share with my followers!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Au fait! I never thought about them for a holiday buffet. Good idea, especially the beets and cucumbers. That would add a great red and green color. I really appreciate your support.

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      What a great idea for a hub, I love it. I am 1/4 German but my (and my family's) cooking always leans toward the Polish and Ukranian side. All these salads look healthy and extremely colorful. Pinned and sharing.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Sharyn - Thanks so much for the support! I don't think you'll be disappointed in any of these salads and my guess is that Polish and Ukranian cultures have salads which are quite similar.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I don't care for beets, but the rest of the salads look wonderful! I love fresh vegetables and am always interested in finding new salad recipes. Voting this up, useful and sharing on my recipe blog! :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I really appreciate the support sgbrown. I love recipes and I'm going to have to check your blog out.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting and the salads look very tempting. Bookmarking and voting up, useful and interesting. The pictures are beautiful.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thank you so much rajan. I enjoyed writing this one because I got to eat all the salads afterwards! It makes a nice healthy plate for big groups.

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      wabash annie 4 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      These salads look absolutely delicious and the intriguing ... I've been looking for some that were different. Thanks for sharing these recipes!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much wabash annie. I was just thinking the other day that I felt like making a couple of these. They brighten up a cold day.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We often had cucumber salad similar to this when growing up and while my mother was still alive. Still have the rock she used to weight the salted cucumbers and onions down while they were drawing juices. The smooth rock would be placed on top of a plate and over the vegetables. She would then rinse the veggies in a colander before adding the dressing which was vinegar, a bit of sugar and some mayo with salt & ground pepper to taste. Yummy!

      These other salads also sound delicious. Thanks for sharing them with us. Can't wait to give them a try. Up, useful and sharing!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      What a lovely memory Peggy! I love foods that remind of family or places. Thanks so much for commenting and your support. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      So colorful and so tempting!

      I loved all these nutritious salad recipes. It is always good for health to add color in our diet.

      Voted up and thanks for sharing!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Thanks ChitangadaSharan! They really are colorful and sometimes that really attracts me too food. Makes such a nice plate. Glad you liked the recipes and thanks for stopping by.

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