Sauerkraut Salad

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

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

Why you should try this sauerkraut salad recipe.

This is an old recipe from my family. This is one of those easy recipes that everyone loves. Whenever we needed a quick salad this cold sauerkraut salad recipe is one that we made. It is perfect for picnics, summer barbecues, and potluck dinners. We would make this with our own kraut. If you don’t have any on hand, you can use plain old sauerkraut.

What is sauerkraut salad?

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.

Recipe Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Sauerkraut
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Green bell pepper
  • Sugar
  • Vinegar
green bell pepper, sugar, vinegar, chopped onions, chopped celery are ingredients for this recipe

How to Make Sauerkraut Salad

This recipe is super easy. Here are the steps:

  1. Combine the sauerkraut, bell pepper, celery, and onion together in a bowl. Stir the ingredients together well.
  2. Make the dressing for this recipe by combining sugar and vinegar in a small saucepan. Heat the vinegar and sugar together just enough to where the sugar dissolves.
  3. Pour the sugar-vinegar mixture over the sauerkraut and stir to combine.
combining salad dressing with cabbage mixture in a bowl

Customize this recipe

My family recipe is an excellent starting point for you, but you may want to switch out some of these salad ingredients to make it your own. Here are a few ideas.

  • Swap white distilled vinegar for apple cider vinegar or other flavored vinegar
  • Use a red onion in place of a white or yellow onion
  • Add about a teaspoon of celery seed to this recipe
  • Add about a teaspoon of mustard seed to this recipe (this adds a really nice texture)
  • Swap the green bell pepper for a red bell pepper
  • Chop up some tart apples and add them to the recipe
  • Shred a couple of large carrots and add them to this recipe.

What should you serve Kraut salad with?

Since this salad is made with one of those vinegar dressings it works very well with fried food. It goes well with fried chicken, a fried pork cutlet, or barbeque.

Cold Sauerkraut Salad

I hope you give this recipe a try. This is the perfect way to use your own sauerkraut. Ideally, this salad should be refrigerated for a few hours before serving. This will give the flavors a chance to mingle together. It is a side dish salad served cold. 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 make this tangy cabbage salad.

a bowl of sauerkraut salad

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Sauerkraut Salad

Sauerkraut salad is a tangy and sweet side dish. It's perfect for a summer picnic or potluck.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: German
Keyword: Kraut Salad, Sauerkraut salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
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 the sauerkraut and place it in a bowl.
  • Add onion, celery, and green pepper.
  • Heat sugar and vinegar in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Pour the mixture over the 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

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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