Try out this classic Bavarian wurstsalat! Have you heard of it before? It is a German bologna sausage salad with fresh cherry tomatoes, vinegar, chopped red onion and pickled gherkins. Sound like the perfect summer salad to me!
I came across this Bavarian Wurstsalat for the very first time while visiting the Vitra Museum restaurant in Weil am Rhein in Germany. I guess that must have been about 5 years ago now.
I’m normally not very enthusiastic about eating at a museum bar though. Because I find the food pretty mediocre and overpriced in those places. It always makes me think of comatose sandwiches, lifeless salads and soggy quiches.
But not this time.
We stopped for lunch here anyway since we had a morning and afternoon guided tour. So there was very little time to hop over to the nearest village for a bite to eat. And besides, the weather was absolute bliss.
The sun was out and the little restaurant terrace in the shade looked so inviting. And the food that I saw on people’s tables looked very promising as well. So we thought we’d try our luck and just enjoy the moment.
And surprisingly the food here was damn decent!
So like I already said: I ordered this German sausage salad for a quick lunch. And the hubs had white asparagus in hollandaise sauce with steamed potatoes. Both dishes were absolutely delicious, plentiful, of good quality and not pricy at all.
So then last week something reminded suddenly me of this salad I had there.
Probably a picture of the Vitra museum and first thing I think of is the food – sounds familiar? So I put that bologna sausage on my grocery list. I had all the other ingredients in my pantry already. So I sliced it all up, tossed this sausage salad together in under 20 minutes.
It made a great refreshing summer lunch salad!!
Bayerischer Wurstsalat Recipe
- 9 oz bologna sausage (250 g)
- 1 small red onion or shallot
- 6 cherry tomatoes
- 3 large pickled gherkins
- a handful fresh chives chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
1. Peel the bologna sausage and chop it up. You can choose whatever shape you want: sliced, diced or grated. I did a bit of everything here to make the salad look more appealing and add extra crunch. Then add the sausage to a medium mixing bowl.
2. Slice the pickled gherkins finely and do the same with the red onion or shallot. Add them both to the sausage in the bowl.
3. Stir well. Chop the cherry tomatoes up into quarters and add them to the bowl as well.
4. Stir the salad again. Add the freshly chopped chives and season with a pinch of pepper and salt.
5. Stir the salad. Add the white wine vinegar and the olive oil now.
6. Stir well again. Check the seasoning and add extra pepper or salt to taste if necessary. The salad has to marinate so don’t add too much extra vinegar. Cover the sausage salad with a piece of king film and put it in the fridge to marinate for an hour. Right before serving, gone the salad another good stir, taste it again and adjust if necessary. Scoop the sausage salad onto deep plates and serve with some toasted bread.