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German Potato Salad for a Crowd

A dear German friend gave me this recipe. I take this satisfying potato salad to gatherings all year-round. The seasonings give a traditional potato salad enticing flavor.—Donna Cline, Pensacola, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    12-14 servings


  • 12 medium potatoes
  • 12 bacon strips
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • Pinch pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • Chopped fresh parsley


  • Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain. Peel and slice into a large bowl; set aside.
  • In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon to paper towels; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings.
  • Saute onion in drippings until tender. Stir in the next six ingredients. Gradually stir in water and vinegar; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir 2 minutes more or until thickened. Pour over potatoes; toss to coat. Crumble bacon and gently stir into potatoes. Sprinkle with parsley.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 244 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 652mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • rabitgrl
    Jun 9, 2013

    This has become one of my husband's favorite dishes. When asking for suggestions as to what I should make, this is his first response. We love it!

  • troutlily
    Dec 2, 2012

    hit the spot.

  • Brenda2772
    Oct 25, 2012

    Nice standard German Potato Salad recipe. However, I left out the mustard powder and forgot to add in the parsley. Still delicious!

  • joanmarch
    May 22, 2012

    This was wonderful! Served at a small gathering and it was almost all gone. Delicious!

  • phngirl56
    Nov 1, 2011

    I made this for a ladies luncheon and it was definately a hit! Everyone took seconds and thirds! I left the skins on the potatoes. So many recipes are overpowering on the vinegar but this one was just right!

  • calicocatz
    May 8, 2011

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  • JenSwish
    May 7, 2010

    When I was in high school, I took this recipe to my German class. We had a foreign exchange student from Germany join us for the day. He said it tasted just like his mom's potato salad.

  • becky6926
    Mar 23, 2009

    CAn this be made with Smart Balance Mayo without affecting the taste?

  • Sheri Salatin
    Mar 31, 2008

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    Oct 22, 2007

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