Sauerkraut Salad

Sauerkraut Salad is the perfect sweet and sour cabbage salad that is a wonderful side dish for hamburgers and hotdogs. Kraut salad is vegan and takes just minutes to make.

A bowl of sauerkraut salad it contains sauerkraut, onions, bell pepper, and celery.

Are you looking for a salad that is both sweet and sour? Kraut salad is the perfect salad for you. Sauerkraut or kraut is the main ingredient in this salad. I like to use the kind you find in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. My store often sells it in the deli section. You can use homemade or canned, either variety will work for this side dish. Also included in this recipe are chopped onions, diced celery, and green bell pepper.

green bell pepper, sugar, vinegar, chopped onions, chopped celery are ingredients for this recipe

Sauerkraut salad is easy to make

This recipe is super easy, you will first combine the cabbage, bell pepper, celery, and onion together in a bowl. Stir the ingredients together well. You will also make the dressing for this recipe by combining in a small pot 1 cup of sugar and 4 tablespoons of vinegar. Heat the vinegar and sugar together just enough to where the sugar dissolves into the vinegar. Combine the two, and you are essentially done in preparing this easy recipe.

combining salad dressing with cabbage mixture in a bowl

Ideally, this salad should sit for a few hours before serving. This will give the flavors a chance to mingle together. Sauerkraut salad tastes better the second day, that is if you can wait that long to enjoy this summertime treat. This recipe is actually my Grandmother’s recipe. She cooked simply, but her food was always amazing. She would make this kraut salad during the summer. So next time you get out the grill, be sure to try this tangy cabbage salad.

a bowl of sauerkraut salad

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bowl of kraut salad

Kraut Salad

Kraut salad is a tangy and sweet salad to serve, it's perfect for a summer picnic.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: German
Keyword: Kraut Salad, Sauerkraut salad
Servings: 8
Calories: 127kcal


  • 2 pounds sauerkraut
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoon vinegar


  • Drain Sauerkraut and to it add onion, celery, and green pepper. Heat together sugar and vinegar until sugar dissolves and pour over sauerkraut. Stir thoroughly. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 755mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 340IU | Vitamin C: 29.5mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1.7mg
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About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Maryanne

    My Pennsylvania Dutch Grammy made something similar growing up and she added garbanzo beans to it. Was my favorite salad . Thank you for the recipe.

  2. Dutch

    5 stars
    Made this and loved it! It’s wonderful that you’re keeping so many of your Grandmother’s recipes alive…Reading them, I can just imagine what it must have been like to visit her!

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