Sauerkraut Salad

During cook-out season here in the Coal Region, the requisite potato and macaroni salads show up. As much as I am  fan of both of those, I like to “shake things up a bit” and add something to the mix that is a bit unexpected.

My favorite for warm weather gatherings is Sauerkraut Salad. Embracing the Anthracite Coal Region blending of cultures — the Pennsylvania Dutch, German, and Eastern European cuisines love to make dishes from sauerkraut and cabbage — this fits in perfectly!

Even people who normally do not like sauerkraut (GASP!!!) often like this salad. It’s delicious as a side dish, but also good on burgers, sausages, brats, and sandwiches. Make sure to make it a day ahead so the flavors can blend.

Make it the night before serving. As with so many recipes, this lends itself well to adapting to your tastes;  adjust the sugar and vinegar as you prefer. If in doubt about amounts, always start with less — you can always add, but you cannot take it out once mixed in!

Sauerkraut Salad

Recipe by A Coalcracker in the KitchenCourse: SaladsCuisine: Pa. Dutch, Polish, GermanDifficulty: Easy


  • 1 quart of sauerkraut

  • 1 cup green bell pepper, diced

  • 1 small onion, diced

  • 1 cup celery, diced

  • 1/2 cup carrot, diced

  • 1 small jar pimentos, drained

  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped (Use something sweet/tart and crisp; Braeburn, Jonagold, Pink Lady, Fuji, Gala)

  • 1 cup white sugar (or to your taste)

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

  • 1 cup vinegar (cider or white)

  • Black pepper to taste


  • Rinse and drain sauerkraut.
  • In large bowl, mix sugar, oil, vinegar and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • Add chopped vegetables, sauerkraut and pimentos. Stir to mix well. Add black pepper to taste.
  • Marinate overnight in the refrigerator before serving.