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German Potato Salad Recipe

German Potato Salad Recipe

I'd always loved my German grandmother's potato salad. So when I married a potato farmer—and had spuds in abundance—I played with several recipes that sounded similar and came up with this salad that reminds me of hers. — Sue Hartman, Parma, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 5 bacon strips
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 2/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 cups sliced cooked peeled potatoes


  • 1. In a large skillet, fry bacon until crisp; remove and set aside. Drain all but 2-3 tablespoons of drippings; cook onion until tender. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until blended. Add water and vinegar; cook and stir for 1 minute or until slightly thickened.
  • 2. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Crumble bacon; gently stir in bacon and potatoes. Heat through, stirring lightly to coat potatoes. Serve warm. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 119 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 399mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (8g sugars, trace fiber), 2g protein

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Reviewed Jun. 12, 2016

"My grandmother was from Germany and this is essentially how she made her potato salad. The only difference is, she cooked her potatoes whole, "in their skins" and used the reserved potato water for the water in the sauce. She also added a little chopped parsley for color and taste.

Make sure the potatoes are thoroughly washed and scrubbed before cooking them, if using this method, and it does take a while for the potatoes to cool down enough to handle. Cooking the potatoes whole retains all the starches, changes the texture, and seems to allow the potatoes to soak up more of the sauce. Using a good quality thick-cut bacon is preferred, and a couple of extra slices doesn't hurt either."

Reviewed Jun. 7, 2016

"I had some potatoes I needed to use so I searched my reliable Taste Of Home. This was very tasty. Loved the bacon."

Reviewed May. 30, 2016

"I love this recipe! I made this for a cook out and it was a huge hit. I will be making this again."

Reviewed Jun. 17, 2015

"I couldnt believe how simple this recipe was and it was absolutely delicious"

Reviewed Aug. 5, 2014

"It is super easy to make and tastes so good!"

Reviewed Aug. 29, 2013

"Supper easy. Quite tasty."

Reviewed Jul. 31, 2013

"I clipped this recipe from an old TOH years ago, but never tried it. I don't know why I waited so long to experiment with this, but it's totally delicious!! The apple cider vinegar and bacon pair very well together; plus the sugar adds sweetness to the tang. I'm very pleased :)"

Reviewed Jul. 17, 2013

"As is recipe's a bit too sweet for my taste, but I cut sugar in half, added some chopped celery and a couple more slices of bacon and it was great!"

Reviewed Jun. 15, 2013

"This a fabulous recipe. Even my young grandchildren love it."

Reviewed Jun. 8, 2013

"Excellent!!! And so easy! This was my first time making German Potato Salad and everyone loved it! I will definitely make this again and again. I understand that altering the recipe and then rating it is not usually acceptable, but since I have to cook gluten-free, I did substitute cornstarch for the flour and it came out fantastic (use 1/2 as much cornstarch as you would flour when thickening, so I used 1 Tbs. cornstarch)."

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2013

"Thanks, Sue. This is nearly identical to the German potato salad we had in Southern Bavaria. Deliciously easy and crowd pleasing!!"

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2012 Edited May. 22, 2014

"easy to make and much faster then my old amish recipe.I did add celery after I tasted it. good as written. we just like celery in ours."

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2012

"Delicious! Next time I need to thicken the sauce more, but it was good."

Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"I have made this many times over the years - it's our family favorite! I do add a few more slices of bacon, because we love it! This is tangy deliciousness!"

Reviewed Sep. 24, 2010

"Very good recipe for German Potato Salad... I did add more bacon (the more bacon the better!) and I cubed the potatoes rather than slicing them... Seemed easier that way..."

Reviewed Sep. 7, 2009

"I have made this twice and received compliments both times. I added 3/4 cup of chopped celery to this recipe. I also used Splenda sugar substitute instead of sugar for my diabetic sister. She loved it!

Glo Haller
West Falls, NY"

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