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Deluxe German Potato Salad Recipe
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Deluxe German Potato Salad Recipe

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I make this salad for all occasions—it goes well with any kind of meat. I often take this salad to potlucks, and there's never any leftover. The celery, carrots and dry mustard are a special touch not usually found in traditional German potato salad. —Betty Perkins, Hot Springs, Arkansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:14-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 14-16 servings


  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, diced
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 5 pounds unpeeled small red potatoes, cooked and sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • Additional salt, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 192 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 241 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 1/4 cup drippings. Saute celery and onion in drippings until tender.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, salt, mustard, vinegar and water until smooth. Add to the skillet. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes until thickened.
  3. In a large serving bowl, combine the potatoes, carrots and parsley; drizzle with sauce; stir gently to coat. Season with additional salt if desired; garnish with bacon. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 14-16 servings.
Originally published as Deluxe German Potato Salad in Taste of Home February/March 1994, p25

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 192 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 241 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein.

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Reviewed Jul. 12, 2015


Reviewed Jul. 12, 2015

"I never made German Potato Salad, but I always wanted to try making it. It sounded too complicated to me when I was a young cook, but this recipe sounds easy, now that I'm a more experienced cook. I plan to make it for our next gathering, but I'll definitely cut down quite a bit on the sugar, since I've always heard that it's supposed to be a little on the 'tart' side, with (only) an 'undertone' of sweetness. Either way, I'm sure it will be delicious! Thanks for posting this lovely recipe."

Reviewed Jun. 27, 2015

"Love the extras, but the sugar is way TOO MUCH. Half that will do."

Reviewed May. 27, 2015 Edited Jun. 5, 2015

"Mixed reviews here. I thought it was too sweet, my husband thought it wasn't sweet enough, and my daughter said there was too much vinegar! Put some in a bowl for our tenant, and he called a few days later to tell he really enjoyed it and if I made it agan, (which I won't!), he'd love to have some. Different strokes for different folks, I guess."

Reviewed Feb. 15, 2015

"This recipe makes a lot! I cut it back by using 3 pounds of potatoes and halving the dressing recipe, but I had some bacon to use up, so I put in the whole 1/2 pound. The result was stellar! This will be my go-to recipe from now on. Regarding the amount of sugar, if you consider how many servings this makes, it's really not that bad per serving. Many folks ingest that much and more in soda or sweet tea on a daily basis. (Not that I am saying this is a good thing, but I like to try to keep things in perspective.) That said, if you have tried an alternative sweetener that works well here without an off flavor, do post and let us know."

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