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German Style Potato Salad

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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.

Bowl of boiled diced potatoes topped with vinegar, salt and pepper.

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.

bacon, onion and mustard vinaigrette in saucepan for german potato salad.

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

Yield: 8 Servings

German Style Potato Salad

german potato salad with bacon and onion vinaigrette.

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!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 153Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 232mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 6g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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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!

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Anonymous

Wednesday 29th of August 2018

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!

Carlee

Saturday 8th of September 2018

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

Carlee

Tuesday 28th of August 2018

We do too! Thank you!

Debbie

Friday 24th of August 2018

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!

xx

Carlee

Sunday 26th of August 2018

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

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Thursday 23rd of August 2018

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 ;)

Carlee

Sunday 26th of August 2018

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

Amy

Tuesday 21st of August 2018

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.

Carlee

Sunday 26th of August 2018

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

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