German Summer Potato Salad; Félibrée 2018

Another recipe that I have been making since the beginning of time, this is based on one from the Time Life “Foods of the World” series.

The first time I had a similar salad was in Germany. We were having a simple lunch of wurst und salat. I had expected the typical Midwestern version of Hot German Potato Salad and was wonderfully surprised by this light salad.

It’s perfect for summer picnics as it has no mayonnaise and it’s much lower in calories than other potato salads (for those who care about such things).

This recipe serves 4  – because it’s summer and it’s potato salad.

German Summer Potato Salad

Total time: 35 minutes


  • 4 medium potatoes, 20oz (600gr) total, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup (6oz, 180ml) chicken stock
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs white wine tarragon vinegar
  • 2 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tbs lemon juice

Summer Potato Salad


  • Put a large saucepan half full of water on medium heat and bring to boil.
  • Add potatoes to water, cover partially and cook until done, about 15 minutes.
  • Drain, put into a serving bowl and immediately pour sauce over, turning to coat slices evenly.  Set aside to cool. The hot potatoes will absorb some or all of the sauce.
  • Sauce:
  • Sauté onion in olive oil until transparent.
  • Add stock, vinegar and mustard and bring to boil over medium-high heat.
  • Boil (not simmer) for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice.
  • Salad can be warm, room temp or cold.

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It’s time for the Félibrée or Felibrijada.

This is an Occitan folk festival that takes place in a different city in the Dordogne each year on the weekend of the 1st Sunday in July.

That would be today….

The streets are draped in flowers (plastic so the last)


This is the beginning of the main street in St. Cyprian, where the festival was this year.

On Sunday morning there is a parade of the groups of musicians


And other groups in traditional costumes:

The towns is closed to traffic for the festival and the streets filled with people.

And… yes, there was a beer garden (or maybe 2…)

The last time we went 2013, in Bergerac.

More photos later……

Last update on July 1, 2018

7 thoughts on “German Summer Potato Salad; Félibrée 2018”

  1. Oooh! This potato salad looks wonderful. What kind of potatoes? Does it matter? I usually use red ones because they’re waxy enough to hold up to salads and such.

    I love the pictures. They’re all so colorful 🙂

    • We don’t get ‘floury’ potatoes here so the red ones would work just fine. I think ours are closer to the Yukon gold that I used to get in the states. No bakers, sigh….

    • They usually leave them up all summer long so they have to be hardy…. And they really don’t much resemble flowers lol I hate plastic flowers normally, too

  2. The Félibrée was held in a small town 6km from us a couple of years ago.It was a very festive start to the summer season and apart from the garlands across the main street, most of the decorations were left up for months. They and a lot of costumes, were handmade by local people during the winter and spring months.

    • We try to go when it’s not too far away… but it’s always north of us somewhere. This time it was an hour. It is fun and I love the costumes, etc, But this year was HOT! One of the people in my French class belongs to one of the dance troupes so I always hear about it early on.

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