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Potato Salad

Potato salad, a classic dish enjoyed worldwide, boasts a rich culinary history and diverse variations. Originating in Europe, particularly Germany, in the 19th century, this side dish has become a staple at picnics, barbecues, and family gatherings. The foundation typically includes boiled potatoes, mayonnaise, and mustard, offering a creamy and tangy base. However, regional influences have spawned numerous adaptations. German potato salad often features a warm bacon dressing, while American versions might incorporate hard-boiled eggs, pickles, and a medley of herbs. The textures and flavours vary, but the comfort and versatility of potato salad remain constant. Whether served chilled or warm, as a summer barbecue side or a festive holiday dish, potato salad continues to evolve, reflecting both cultural traditions and personal preferences, making it a timeless and beloved addition to the global culinary repertoire.

Recipe: Classic German Potato Salad


  • 1kg waxy potatoes (such as Yukon Gold), boiled and sliced
  • 240 ml chicken or vegetable broth
  • 120 ml white wine vinegar
  • 60 ml vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish

A wide variety of quality ingredients for our recipes are available from Arkadia supermarkets in Malta and Gozo, including Arkadia FoodExpress Swatar and Arkadia Food Market Valletta.


1. Boil the potatoes until fork tender. Allow them to cool slightly, then peel and slice them.

2. In a bowl, mix the broth, white wine vinegar, vegetable oil, Dijon mustard, sugar, salt, and black pepper to create the dressing.

3. Pour the dressing over the warm sliced potatoes, ensuring they are well coated.

4. Add the chopped red onion and crumbled bacon to the potatoes, gently tossing to combine.

5. Allow the flavours to meld for at least 30 minutes before serving.

6. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley just before serving.

7. Serve the classic German potato salad warm or at room temperature, making it a delightful side dish for various occasions.

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