German Potato Salad Recipe


German potato salad is perfect for anyone who digs potatoes but is suspicious of mayo. It's entirely different from those salads you grew up with that came in a tub and were more dressing than potato. It has a nice tang and the added deliciousness of ample bacon. Especially when it is served warm, you'll be going back for seconds and thirds.

German potato salad recipe

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Things You’ll Need

  • 3 pounds potatoes (red potatoes or Yukon gold)

  • 1 pound raw bacon, chopped

  • ½ cup white onion, finely diced

  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon stone-ground deli mustard

  • 2 teaspoons white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ cup green onions, chopped

  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped

Ingredients for German potato salad

Step 1: Cook the Potatoes

Peel the potatoes if desired and chop them into bite-size pieces. Add them to heavily salted boiling water until they are fork-tender. Drain and set aside.

Chopped potatoes

Step 2: Cook the Bacon

Add the bacon to a skillet over medium heat and cook until the fat has rendered and the bacon is crisp. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and pour off all but about 2 tablespoons of bacon fat.

Bacon in pan

Step 3: Cook the Onions

Add the onions to the bacon fat. Cook until they are browned and starting to caramelize, about 10 minutes.

Onions in pan

Step 4: Make the Dressing

Stir together the oil, vinegar, sugar, garlic powder, mustard, salt, pepper, parsley and green onions. Set aside.

Dressing ingredients in bowl

Step 5: Combine All Ingredients

Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and gently toss to combine. Allow the ingredients to sit for 10 minutes while the potatoes absorb the dressing.

Combined ingredients in bowl

Step 6: Serve

Serve the German potato salad either warm or cold. Enjoy!

Finished German potato salad German potato salad in bowl


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