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Wurstsalat – German Sausage Salad

Wurstsalat  is a tart sausage salad prepared with distilled white vinegar, oil and onions. A variation of the recipe adds stripes of pickled gherkin. It is normally made from a sort of boiled sausage like Lyoner, Stadtwurst, Regensburger (two types of cooked sausage) or Fleischwurst. It is a traditional snack in southern Germany.


400g Lyoner, sliced
1 medium sized onion
6 small pickled gherkins, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tbsp liquid from the pickled gherkins
1 tablespoon cold water
2-3 tablespoons sunflower oil
salt, coarsely grounded pepper, mild paprika powder


  1. Cut the Lyoner slices into small stripes.
  2. Halve the onion and slice thinly.
  3. Put sausage, onions and gherkins into a bowl and blend.
  4. Put salt, pepper, paprika, oil and the other liquids into a shaker and mix thoroughly.
  5. Pour the vinaigrette over the sausage and blend.
  6. Let the salad rest in the fridge for at least 2 hours, remove it from the fridge 30 minutes before you serve it with fried potatoes or fresh German bread.

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