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German Noodle Salad with Sausage and Creamy Dressing

by Adina 01/06/2016 14 comments

German Noodle Salad

Noodle salad with peas, gherkins and a creamy dressing, this is one of the most popular salads brought and eaten at a grill party in our region, in Germany.

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And not to forget the baloney, if that is the right translation for the typical German Fleischwurst. I suppose it is, there was even a picture of the thing in the translator, but although I knew that baloney was some kind of lunch meat, I never knew exactly what that was. Any native English speakers, who has experience with German products, feel free to illuminate me in this matter.

So I know the word, I definitely heard it before, but I haven’t heard in more than 15 years probably. You see, I started learning English by watching a lot of American films and series in Romanian television as a child. Thank God, they don’t synchronize the films there, the way they do that in Germany. There are only subtitles in Romania, so one is able to start learning some English, without even meaning to, at a very early age. So I will forever associate baloney with policemen eating white bread-baloney sandwiches in some old American series from the 80’s. πŸ™‚

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But coming back to the noodle baloney salad, I don’t think I have ever attended a grill party or another sort of gathering where people are supposed to bring something to eat as well, where I didn’t find this salad. It has been THE noodle salad for the last 30 or 40 years around here I suppose, my mother-in-law told me she started making it sometime in the 70’s, when her children were still very small and she was still very young.

And this is not the only salad (or cake) that seem to have such a long tradition here. There are several more salads to be found on the table on every occasion and that is why I decided to make this series now, at the beginning of the grill season. So for the next couple of weeks, I will introduce you to the most popular German grill salads. Lots of noodles, but also some potatoes and a little bit of greens (not too much though, green stuff becomes more popular now, but my feeling when it comes to German cooking is that meat is still the number one item, so I really had difficulties finding some really typical salad recipes that are at least baloney/sausage free…).

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This particular noodle salad is typically made with Gabelspaghetti, small, curved and thin pasta. Use that if you can find it, but if you don’t, don’t worry, just take any kind of short-shaped, thin pasta. The normal dressing would use a whole glass of salad mayonnaise + 1 cup of heavy cream. I absolutely refuse to make such a dressing, never did, I get goosebumps only imagining throwing so many unnecessary calories into just one salad, which is supposed to be a side dish for more calories contained in sausages and fatty pork steaks. So I make my own version with lots of yogurt and just a little bit of mayonnaise, it is just as tasty, but less heavy.

I don’t think I have to mention how good this and the following salads actually taste. They must be good, if people around here keep making them since the 70’s.

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German Noodle Salad


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Serves: 6

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  • 300 g/ 10.6 oz small-shaped, thin pasta
  • 150 g/ 1 cup frozen peas
  • 200 g/ 7 oz baloney/pork sausage
  • 5 to 10 sweet and sour gherkins, depending on size and taste
  • 2 roasted peppers from a jar
  • 150 g/ 1 cup corn
  • 2-3 scallions
  • 250 g/ 1 cup creamy yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • a few tablespoons gherkin water, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar, if necessary
  • 1 small bunch parsley
  • salt and pepper
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the noodles according to the packet's instructions. Add the frozen peas during the last 3 minutes of the cooking time. Drain well and give everything to a large bowl.
  2. Chop the baloney into small cubes. Chop the gherkins, scallions and roasted peppers finely. Add them to the noodle bowl, together with the drained corn. Mix well.
  3. To make the dressing stir together the yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard and a few tablespoons of gherkin water. Add salt and pepper and adjust the taste with more gherkin water to taste and some sugar, depending on how sweet the gherkin water is. Mix the dressing with the pasta and place in the fridge, covered for at least a couple of hours. (I don't mind leaving it overnight or for a whole day, if time permits, I think it only gets better).
  4. Bring to room temperature before serving, add the chopped parsley and adjust the taste again with salt and pepper.


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[email protected]'s Recipes 01/06/2016 - 10:05

A very satisfying and comforting pasta salad!

Adina 03/06/2016 - 20:06

Thank you, Angie.

Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary 01/06/2016 - 16:41

Wow, impressive you taught yourself English!! It’s kind of funny you associate bologna with policeman… because in America they are more associated with doughnuts than anything else. πŸ˜‰ Interesting how other cultures relate things. Anyways, love this noodle salad! I’m all about noodle salads, so this one is calling my name! Cheers, dear!

Adina 03/06/2016 - 20:05

Thank you, Cheyanne. Doughnuts too, but when reading the word baloney or bologna in the translator, I immediately had this image in mind of two big-bellied policemen eating sandwiches in front of their 1980’s looking police car…. No idea in which series I saw that but it stayed in my mind. πŸ™‚

Jess @ Sweetest Menu 02/06/2016 - 09:09

Eeek! I love anything with noodles or pasta! This looks gorgeous Adina!

Adina 03/06/2016 - 20:02

Thank you, Jess.

Monica 02/06/2016 - 13:43

Loving your signature noodle salad; I want to get some of this curly noodles! This is definitely the time for outdoor eating and cookouts. Love a nice noodle salad among the selections.

Adina 03/06/2016 - 20:01

Yeah, me too, Monica, a nice pasta salad is so comforting.

Rachel @SimpleSeasonal 03/06/2016 - 14:44

I live in a region in the US where there is a strong Pennsylvania Dutch and Amish influence and at almost any grocery store or picnic one can find the Pennsylvania Dutch version of “German” Pasta Salad, but I never realized until today how much they messed up a really great recipe! At the next cook out I go to I’ll have to bring your recipe and I’m sure people will love it all that much more than what we’ve been eating all these years!

Adina 03/06/2016 - 20:01

Oh, I hope you make the salad, Rachel, I am sure people will like it. I’d be curious to taste the Pennsylvania Dutch salad though…

Nammi 04/06/2016 - 06:16

Oh this looks very nice n simple learning a bit about german food from you. πŸ™‚ have a nice weekend

Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop 06/06/2016 - 03:53

I love pasta salads and this is a new one for me to try! I love the peas and pickles added!

John Truax 22/08/2019 - 10:57

Thank you for your recipe, brings back memories.
Baloney is the correct translation. But get the baloney fresh from a deli that preps it’s own meat instead of buying the prepackaged baloney. It might cost a few pennies more per pound but the superior taste is worth it.

Adina 22/08/2019 - 17:04

Thank you, John. πŸ™‚ I also think it is worth it buying the baloney at the butcher’s.


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