German Cold Pasta Salad with Sausages


It may sound strange to some people but yes we Germans have a pasta salad and we are proud of it! Every time my Italian friend Alessia invites us to a BBQ, I ask her whether I can bring my German Cold Pasta Salad. She always gives me a rather concerned look and then politely declines.

This salad is one of the staple dishes at any German BBQ. There are also vegetarian versions of this recipe but I always think its more fun with sausages. It is nice and refreshing and filling at the same time.

I made this salad for a picnic at our estate summer picnic. We live in a complex of 500 flats and everyone was invited to come along and bring a picnic and this salad was my contribution. The next day our German friend Eva-Katharina invited us to a German BBQ at her house to watch the World Cup Final. She had made the same German Cold Pasta Salad; so I had it twice in one weekend – what a treat!!  And Germany won the World Cup – I think its down to the lucky German Pasta Salad 🙂


German Cold Pasta Salad with Sausages
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Cuisine: German
Serves: 4
  • 150 g pasta (any variety you like)
  • 150 g plain yoghurt
  • 2 table spoons Mayonnaise
  • 4 pickled gherkins
  • 1 table spoon mustard
  • 1 table spoon sweet paprika powder
  • 80 gr spring onions
  • 5 German Bockwurst (you can get them at Lidl) or Frankfurters
  • 1 small can of sweetcorn
  • 1 jar of petit pois (or just canned peas)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cook the pasta as per the instructions of the packet. Then place into a sieve and briefly run under some cold water to cool off.
  2. In a bowl mix together a salad dressing with the yoghurt, mustard, mayonnaise and paprika powder.
  3. Slice the sausages into small chunks of 1cm length.
  4. Chop both the spring onion and gherkins into round slices and add to the pasta.
  5. Open the cans of sweetcorn and petit pois and drain them before adding them to the pasta.
  6. Now finish off by stirring in the salad dressing and seasoning with salt and pepper.
  7. The salad taste better if you leave to cool in the fridge for an hour or two before serving. Can be prepared the night before.

ME & my husband Dave during the German World Cup Final



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