Oktoberfest Pasta Salad

This pasta salad with bratwurst adds a German twist. Great side dish to bring to your next Oktoberfest potluck!

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
12 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) package rotini pasta

  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 1 cup diced cooked bratwurst sausages

  • 4 tablespoons sliced green onions, divided

  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic

  • 1 yellow bell pepper, finely chopped

  • 1 orange bell pepper, finely chopped

  • ½ cup diced celery

  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley

  • ½ cup spicy mustard

  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add rotini and liquid smoke; cook at a boil until rotini is tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes.

  2. While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add diced bratwurst, 2 tablespoons green onions, and garlic; cook until bratwurst is brown and crispy, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

  3. Combine yellow and orange bell peppers, celery, parsley, mustard, mayonnaise, water, vinegar, sugar, and black pepper in a large bowl; stir to combine.

  4. Drain pasta and add to vegetable mixture. Add bratwurst, onions, and garlic and stir gently until all ingredients are combined. Serve warm or cold.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

273 Calories
13g Fat
32g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 273
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 422mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 4mg 21%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 124mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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