FoodPope's favorite potato salad: A German twist on a classic dish

Pope's favorite potato salad: A German twist on a classic dish

New potatoes will be perfect for this salad.
New potatoes will be perfect for this salad.
Images source: © Adobe Stock | Anna Krupa

9:19 AM EDT, May 26, 2024

Actors, singers, and writers share their favorite recipes. This salad recipe comes from the Vatican and was enjoyed by Pope Benedict XVI. As is well known, he hailed from Germany, so it's clear what ingredients won't be missing from this salad.

Potato salads are a specialty of German cuisine. Simple, delicious, and easy to make—that's how they can be briefly characterized. In the season of young potatoes, it's worth preparing them as often as possible. One variety is the papal salad, which my guests recently enjoyed very much.

Potatoes in their skins

The papal salad recipe is now taking the internet by storm. No wonder, because it's versatile, perfect for dinner, and goes well with light grilled dishes. It’s also great as a party snack. The main ingredient is potatoes. Young vegetables should just be scrubbed and, without peeling, cooked in their skins. They will retain more flavor and nutrients that way.

Delicious and filling

The papal salad also includes hard-boiled eggs, onions, and pickled cucumbers—a well-known combination of flavors. A small addition of cheddar cheese might be surprising. This makes the salad even more filling. Chives are added for a green element. If you want to soften the flavor, you can also use dill. As for the dressing? Traditionally, it should be mayonnaise seasoned with mustard.

New potatoes with dill are the taste of summer.
New potatoes with dill are the taste of summer.© Pixabay | JamesHills

Papal salad — recipe


  • 6 potatoes cooked in their skins,
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs,
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese,
  • 4 pickled cucumbers,
  • 1 onion (preferably red),
  • Half a bunch of chives,
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise,
  • Half a teaspoon of spicy mustard,
  • Salt, pepper to taste.


  1. Peel the potatoes, let them cool, and cut into cubes. Peel and dice the eggs as well. Prepare the cucumbers similarly.
  2. Transfer the ingredients to a bowl and mix. Add finely chopped chives and onion.
  3. Then add the shredded cheddar cheese and mix everything again.
  4. Combine mayonnaise with mustard, season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour the prepared dressing into the bowl with the ingredients and mix thoroughly.

The salad can be eaten immediately, but it will taste better after chilling.

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