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German Pasta Salad
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Best German Pasta Salad Recipe

A classic German dish that should not be missed at any gathering. Perfect for picnics, buffets and BBQS.
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine German
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Marita
Cost $7


  • 500 g pasta 1 lb (I used fussilini/rotini)
  • 400 g sausage 1 lb (such as Frankfurter, Bockwurst or any smoked sausage will do.)
  • 250 g mayonaise 9 oz
  • 1 can peas and carrots mine was around 800 g undrained
  • 1 teaspoon mustard medium spicy
  • 100 g pickled gherkins
  • 2 teaspoon vinegar from the pickled gherkin jar
  • 2 teaspoon fresh herbs (for example chives, parsley or dill) to serve (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions al dente. Then leave the pasta to cool.
  • Chop the sausages into 1-2 cm pieces.
  • Chop the gherkins into small bits as well.
  • Drain the liquid of the peas and carrots with a colander.
  • In a bowl mix together the mayonnaise, mustard and gherkin water.
  • Once the pasta has cooled, (the pasta can be lukewarm) mix in the gherkins, vegetables and sausages.
  • Now add the salad dressing and mix it in with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Mix in the fresh herbs if using.
  • Season the salad with salt and pepper to taste.
  • It is best to leave the salad to rest for around 20 minutes so the pasta can absorb the flavours. 


Can I make pasta salad ahead of time?

The pasta salad is a great dish to make in advance. Make sure you store it in the fridge. It tastes great when it sits in the fridge overnight.  However, it could be that the pasta salad absorbs all the moisture of the dressing with time. You might need to refresh the dressing with a little more mayonnaise or pickled gherkin water. 

How long does German pasta salad last in the fridge?

I would recommend storing this pasta salad in the fridge for up to 5 days. However, it will taste best if you consume it in the first two days of making it.

Can you freeze pasta salad?

Do not freeze this salad. Firstly, mayonnaise does not freeze well. Secondly, the pasta might get too soft when being defrosted so it may end up in a soft mess.