Fleischsalat Is a Classic German Recipe – Here’s How To Make It!
Looking for a hearty and meaty German lunch option? German meat salad – called Fleischsalat in German – is for you!
Made from fresh wurst and loaded with chopped pickles, this creamy meat salad gets its signature taste from its liberal use of mayonnaise!
Often eaten on bread or a fresh bun, it’s something you’ll find in German supermarkets and especially at the butcher shop!
Aside from being a popular brunch/lunch food, Fleischsalat can also play a role in a German dinner.
Lisa’s family eats Fleischsalat with boiled potatoes for a filling and easy dinner.
On top of that, this Fleischsalat is used as an ingredient in our super creamy German potato salad.
Keep in mind that Fleischsalat is different from Wurstsalat. The main difference is that Fleischsalat is made with mayo to be creamy while Wurstsalat is made with a simple vinaigrette as the dressing.
German Fleischwurst vs North American Bologna
When making this Fleischsalat recipe, the meat you use – and the country you are in – is a big factor in determining the final taste of the meat salad.
This is because different countries will have different versions of similar meats.
If you are in North America, you could use widely available bologna for this recipe. However, German “Fleischwurst” (bologna) tastes different than North American bologna.
To get close to how the original would taste in Germany, we often use Italian Mortadella for this recipe when making it in North America.
North American Bologna and mortadella are similar products by consistency – Mortadella has more pork fat chunked throughout the meat blend – but the taste is a bit different.
If you have a European deli close to where you live, you might be able to get actual German bologna (Fleischwurst). If not, you can try it with mortadella to get a taste similar to German Fleischwurst or with classic North American bologna which will still be tasty.
How to Make German Fleischsalat – Step by Step Instructions
If you want to whip together some tasty Fleischsalat, you can find the recipe card at the bottom of this post with the exact measurement.
And if you’d like to see the recipe process photos so you can follow along step-by-step, you can check them out below.
This way, you can have a look to see if your German meat salad looks like ours did!
First, cut the mortadella or German bologna into slices. Of course, you can also buy already sliced wurst.
Then cut the meat into thin strips. Exactly how thin or thick you cut them depends on your personal preference, but we would recommend not cutting them too thick!
Place the strips of meat into a medium-sized bowl.
Now finely chop the onion if you decide to use one. We like the taste but not that same people don’t like the taste of raw onion. Make sure to chop it very fine so you don’t find large onion chunks in the salad later.
Also chop 4-5 baby dill pickles into small cubes. We use baby dill pickles since they are the closest to pickles you would get in Germany.
Add the chopped pickles and onion to the bowl with the wurst.
Finally, add the pickle juice, mayo, sugar, salt, and pepper.
Mix everything together using two spoons. If the consistency is not creamy enough for you, you can add a little bit more mayo.
Now the important part: Cover the bowl and place it in the fridge for at least one hour.
This will allow the flavors to develop – the meat salad will taste much better after sitting for at least an hour (in our opinion).
Before serving, taste the Fleischsalat again and add more spices to taste.
Serve the meat salad, as a spread on a bun or slice of bread – or as a side to boiled potatoes.
Since this meat salad contains mayonaise, it is important that you store it in an container with a lid in the fridge and use it within 2-3 days.
This salad is eaten cold so you don’t have to worry about reheating it.
We wouldn’t recommend freezing the meat salad as this can greatly alter its taste and texture. Instead, only prepare the amount you plan on consuming.
- 10 ounces German bologna, (alternatively American bologna, or mortadella)
- 1 small onion, optional
- 4-5 baby dill pickles
- 2 tablespoons pickle juice
- 6 tablespoons mayo
- 1/4 teaspoon sugar
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
Cut the bologna or mortadella into slices (if it isn’t already sliced). Then cut the slices into thin strips. Place the cut meat into a medium-sized bowl.
Finely chop the onion (optional) and the baby dill pickles. Add them to the bowl.
Finally, add the pickle juice, mayo, sugar, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
Cover the bowl and place it in the fridge for at least one hour to allow the flavors to mingle. You can also prepare the Fleischsalat the night before.
Before serving, taste the meat salad again and add more spices to your liking.
- There is a difference between German “Fleischwurst” and North American bologna. If you have a European deli close by or a well-stocked international section at your grocery store, try buying German bologna. Of course, you can also make this recipe with classic North American bologna. Mortadella also works well – just keep in mind that the taste will be slightly different but still tasty when using something other than German bologna!
- This recipe makes approximately 3 1/2 cups of meat salad.
- Fleischsalat is often eaten on a fresh bun for brunch or lunch. In Lisa’s family, Fleischsalat is also sometimes eaten with boiled potatoes for a simple but filling meal.
This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice.