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Cold Sauerkraut Salad

We always shared our Fourth of July celebration with my aunt and uncle. Besides the hot dogs, hamburgers and Uncle Bob's steamed clams, my aunt always had something new for us to try—like this unusual salad. Like my aunt, you may have to coax others to try it at first...but you'll have a hard time keeping them from taking a second helping.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    10-12 servings


  • 1 can (27 ounces) sauerkraut, undrained
  • 1 large green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 jar (2 ounces) sliced pimiento, drained
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Cover and chill overnight. Drain before serving. Serve as a side dish or use as a relish on hot dogs or sandwiches.
If Cooking for Two: Salad will keep up to a week stored tightly covered in the refrigerator.

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  • delowenstein
    Oct 22, 2018

    I made this recipe at least 2 weeks back! I'd decreased the amount of sauerkraut to 15-oz. and used a red pepper as I didn't have green pepper available. I did not use pimientos since I did not have any pimientos available. I decreased the amount of sugar and used 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1/4 cup white cooking WINE in place of the white wine vinegar as I didn't have white wine vinegar. This was a very refreshing salad!

  • hoosierneighbor
    Dec 29, 2014

    This is nearly identical to our old family recipe, except for slightly different proportions in the dressing. We use only one cup of sugar, and apple cider vinegar rather than the white wine kind. We also add 1/4 cup of water to the dressing to dilute & mellow out the vinegar a little. Also, this being "undrained" sauerkraut, we find the addition of more salt unnecessary. Either way you choose to make it, it's a delicious addition to any picnic or potluck. You can even fool people who say they don't like sauerkraut -- they'll think they're eating gourmet coleslaw. Oh, one final thing... refrigerate at least 8 hours, pour off excess juice and toss before serving.