Oma’s Simple Salad with Creamy German Salad Dressing

My Oma often served a side salad of Feld Salat with her Creamy German Salad Dressing as a side dish to the warm midday meal. The dressing may seem unusual, since it contains heavy cream and sugar, but somehow the combination with oil, vinegar, and diced onion works. When I was a rotten child I picked out the onions and tried to hide them. Failed every time. Now I appreciate the flavor they add to the simple lettuce salad. Occasionally she’d slice tomatoes or radishes to accompany the salad. But the lettuce and dressing were the focus of the plate.

First she washed and dried the greens. An onion got a fine dice. Sometimes she added a small handful of fresh chopped herbs from the garden. Parsley, chives, dill… whatever came in with her. Finally, out came her little yellow plastic bowl and a small whisk. Oil, vinegar, heavy cream, a bit of salt, and a spoonful of sugar all went into the bowl without measuring. She just KNEW how much to add. In went the onion and herbs before the final stir. The salad didn’t get tossed until the last possible second. The lettuce leaves wilted quickly, so it went…. Toss, plate on individual salad plates, EAT.

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The Salad also makes a nice anchor for a Salatteller with different other salads. Shown here with Bean Salad, Beet Salad, and Celeriac Salad, find the recipes here-Green Bean Salad
Beet Salad
Tomato Salad
Cucumber Salad
Creamy Cucumber Salad
Sellerie Salad

Feltsalat goes by the name Lamb Lettuce or Mache or Corn Salad or even Rapunzel Lettuce in the USA. (Yes. Rapunzel’s mother craved salad so much, that she sent her husband to an enchantresses garden to steal some. The enchantress traded the lettuce for the child, named her Rapunzel and locked her in a tower. Pregnancy cravings are no joke!). The thing is, this kind of lettuce really isn’t something you find in every grocery store. For those of you with a green thumb and space, you can get seeds to grow it yourself. But, for people like me (brown thumb, and in constant battle with snails), I find that Butter Lettuce makes a decent substitute. (No, it’s NOT the same…but since we aren’t using my Oma’s little yellow plastic bowl, nothing is exactly the same).

When you make the dressing, TASTE it before tossing it over the lettuce. Adjust the salt/sugar level to your liking. Oma always made the dressing sweet (I lean more salty), and she was heavier handed with the cream, so feel free to add more. As for the herbs, you can’t go wrong with dill and/or parsley. And chives go in everything at my house lately. You could even add some German Salad herbs from a packet. See how you like it best.

creamy german salad dressing

Oma's Simple Salad with Creamy German Salad Dressing

This simple salad with a creamy semi-sweet dressing was a standard on Oma's table. She used Feldsalat, but you can easily substitute Butter Lettuce.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Cuisine German
Servings 4 Side Servings


  • 2 Tbl Vegetable Oil olive oil is fine
  • 1 Tbl White Wine Vinegar
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • 2 Tbl Heavy Cream or plain yogurt, but be aware that it will be tarter
  • ½ cup diced Yellow Onion you can add more or less, depending on your love of onion
  • 1-2 tsp finely chopped fresh herbs Parsley, Chives, Dill, Lovage
  • 1 head Butter Lettuce Or Rapunzel Lettuce/ Mache/Lambs Lettuce


  • Wash and dry the lettuce. If using butter lettuce, tear into smaller pieces. Set aside while you make the dressing
  • In a small bowl, combine the oil and vinegar, salt and sugar. Whisk until the salt and sugar dissolve.
  • Add the cream and whisk until smooth. Note! It will look curdled at first, just keep whisking.
  • Add the diced onion and herbs.
  • When you are ready to serve, toss with Lettuce until coated. Then plate on small salad plates.


Because I generally serve this on small plates, I use a standard mixing bowl to prepare the salad, not a nice salad bowl. But you decide for your home.
Butter Lettuce wilts fairly quickly, so once the salad is dressed, don't linger... eat!!

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How to make my Oma’s Creamy German Salad Dressing

Finely dice the onion and chop the herbs if using.

creamy german salad dressing

Wash and dry the Lettuce

creamy german salad dressing

Combine the Oil, Vinegar, Salt and Sugar. Then whisk in the Cream

creamy german salad dressing


Whisk in the onion and herbs if using

creamy german salad dressing

Toss the Salad just before Plating

creamy german salad dressing



creamy german salad dressing


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4 thoughts on “Oma’s Simple Salad with Creamy German Salad Dressing

  1. I hope maché (Nüsslisalat in Switzerland) becomes the new kale! When I do find it, it is expensive – but I always splurge on it when I find it, it is so good!

    1. It really is. Growing it is a possibility, but it’s a constant battle with slugs in our world

  2. 5 stars
    Will be my go to salad dressing going forward. Palate cleansing! Delicious! I added more sugar as we like a sweeter dressing.

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