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Friday, August 17, 2018

German Style Potato Salad

German potato salad served warm with plenty of bacon and a zingy vinaigrette is the perfect side dish to so many meals. It is simple to make too!

bowlful of German potato salad with dill and chives

       This simple German style potato salad is a great side dish all year long. It is best served warm or at room temperature and is isn't loaded down with dressing.  Don't let that make you think it isn't flavorful though. It has a little zing and plenty of bacon!

      We live in a town that has a lot of German heritage. It's one of those old river towns that boasts a church and a tavern on every corner. 

     That may be a slight exaggeration, but there are parts of town where it's not too far off! Our family also has a lot of German heritage.

    So it's no surprise that one of the matriarchs of the family a few generations back was famous for her German potato salad. Everyone wanted the recipe, but she was always coy with the details. 

german potato salad dressing in saucepan

      Can you guess why? Because she never made it herself! She got it from a local deli. Talk about the ultimate rouse! 

    You won't have to stage your own cover up like she did. You can really make your own!

     Most German potato salad in our area is made with sliced potatoes.  I opted to dice them this time because I thought it would look more like "potato salad."

german potato salad with bacon and onion vinaigrette

       It really doesn't matter which way you choose to go, it's delicious either way. Next time I am slicing them though, it just feels more right! 

     If you've never had German potato salad, it's potatoes dressed in a simple vinaigrette with plenty of onion and bacon. I really love fresh chives and dill on it too.  The dill really adds something, so don't skip it if you can avoid it!

    It is great alongside a good German sausage and is usually served warm or at room temperature. My husband and I both agree that the leftovers are perfectly good straight from the fridge too!

      Just remember potatoes love seasoning, so be generous with the salt and pepper. Be sure to give it a taste and add more if necessary. 

pork loin with red cabbage and german potato salad

     You can serve it with braised cabbage and bacon wrapped pork loin like we did for a feast. The best part is you don't have to fake it!    

   Does your family have any "secret" recipes like ours?

More great potato side dishes: 

Deviled egg potato salad

Cheesy potatoes with bacon

Sour cream and chive new potatoes

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German Style Potato Salad
side dish, potatoes, bacon
German, American
Yield: 8 servings

German Style Potato Salad

German potato salad served warm with plenty of bacon and a zingy vinaigrette is the perfect side dish to so many meals. It is simple to make too!
prep time: 15 minscook time: 20 minstotal time: 35 mins


  • 2 pounds red potatoes (or any waxy variety)
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (divided)
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1-2 teaspoon mustard
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh dill and chives for garnish 


  1. Wash potatoes and dice or slice them. Boil in salted water for about 10 minutes or until cooked though.  Drain well and place in a large bowl. 
  2. Sprinkle potatoes with 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar and a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Toss to coat and set aside. 
  3. Cook bacon until crisp. Remove from pan, leaving remaining drippings, and chop into small pieces. 
  4. Dice onion and cook until soft in the reserved bacon drippings. Stir in the chicken stock and remaining vinegar and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in bacon and mustard. 
  5. Toss potatoes in dressing. Garnish with dill and chives and serve warm or at room temperature. 
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  1. When Mr. Nine does Potato salad, this is how to do it! Great recipe and hope your weekend is super!

    1. We like the southern style too, but this was a fun change!

  2. Ha. I wondered if you would share your great grandmother’s secret. That was pretty smart of her!

  3. I LOVE German potato salad. It's one of my go-tos in the fall. This looks delicious!

  4. Pretty sneaky of your great grandmother. I guess that if she was able to get away with it, she was pretty smart! Thank you for the recipe.

    1. She did get away with it for quite a number of years I'm told!

  5. My husband has never had German Potato Salad! I really need to make this so he can try it.
    Loved the story about the secret deli recipe ;)

    1. I suppose we all have different reasons for keeping certain "recipes" secret! ;-)

  6. Hi Carlee, I'm not a fan of regular potato salad, I'm not a huge fan of mayonaise, but this Greman potato salad soounds far lighter and nicer. It's just a shame we only have one more lot of potatoes to dig up (I've really enjoyed our potatoes this summer)...Our family doesn't have any secret recipes, but I'm thinking it's not a bad idea!


    1. We have been getting lots of potatoes in our weekly produce boxes, so we have been upping our potato consumption lately!

  7. I love German Potato Salad, this looks so good! Hope you are having a good week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  8. That potato salad looks gorgeous! Potato dishes of any kind are pretty much my weakness. Sounds so good with the bacon. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party. Have a wonderful week!

    1. I am a sucker for potatoes too. I love them just about any old way! Thanks!


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