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!
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.
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.”
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.
Does your family have any “secret” recipes like ours?
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