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warm German Potato Salad
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German Potato Salad

This delicious vinegar based German Potato Salad recipe is loaded with tender potatoes, crisp bacon, sautéed onions, and tons of flavor. Serve cold, warm, or hot - it makes an excellent side dish alongside sausages.
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: German
Servings: 6 servings



  • 3 pounds Yukon gold potatoes scrubbed clean, whole or halved
  • 8 ounces bacon ends and pieces work great, otherwise chop bacon into small pieces
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • handful of chopped fresh chives and parsley


  • Cook potatoes: Place the potatoes into a pot, and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook for about 10 minutes, or until easily pierced with a fork. Drain, and set aside to cool.
  • Cook bacon: Place the bacon in a heavy bottom pan over medium-high heat, reducing the heat as the bacon cooks to avoid burning. Remove the cooked bacon from the pan and set it aside. Discard all but about 1/4 cup of the bacon grease.
    chopped bacon cooking in pan
  • Cook onion: Add onion to the remaining 1/4 cup of bacon grease, and cook over medium heat until browned. 
    sauteed onions in bacon grease
  • Finish warm dressing: Add the vinegar, water, sugar, mustard, salt, celery seed, and pepper to the pan. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and set aside.
    making warm German Potato Salad dressing
  • Finish potato salad: Cut cooled potatoes into small pieces with the skin on and add to a large serving bowl. Pour vinegar mixture over the potatoes, then toss to coat. Top with crumbled bacon as well as parsley and chives. Serve hot, warm (preferred), or cold.
    adding vinegar dressing to potatoes


Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 690mg | Potassium: 1028mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 26.7mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 7.7mg