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5 from 4 votes

German Potato Salad

Served warm, this German Potato Salad is unlike any potato salad you've tried before. It's tangy, made with lots of bacon, fresh herbs, and a hint of Dijon. This recipe is sure to be a favorite at your dinner table! Try it out any time of the year.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: German
Keyword: german potato salad recipe, potato salad, potato salad recipe
Servings: 5
Calories: 439kcal


  • 2 pounds red potatoes
  • 10 ounce bacon slices cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 medium red onion finely diced
  • cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar granulated
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil extra virgin
  • ½ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • ¼ cup chives chopped


  • Boil potatoes. Add the potatoes to a large pot of generously salted water. Bring the pot to a boil and cook the potatoes for 15-20 minutes, or until fork-tender.
  • Cook the bacon. While the potatoes boil, heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook until crisp. Remove the bacon from the skillet with a slotted spoon, leaving the grease in the skillet.
  • Sauté. Add the onion to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes or until softened. Turn the heat down to medium-low and stir in the vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt, and pepper. Stir often and let the mixture reduce slightly for 1-2 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat.
  • Finish the salad. Dice the potatoes into bite-sized pieces and place them in a large bowl. Pour the onion dressing over the potatoes. Add the bacon, olive oil, parsley, and chives to the bowl. Stir gently to combine everything well and serve.


  1. Wash and scrub the potatoes throughly since we're leaving the skin on.
  2. When tossing the salad, be gentle with the potatoes, since they're fork tender they could easily mash.
  3. This potato salad can be served, warm, cold or at room temperature. However, once the salad is at room temperature, refrigerate right away.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 563mg | Potassium: 1027mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 629IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg