German Potato Salad

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German Potato Salad is always a hit any time of year. Most often served warm, this easy potato salad is a tangy twist from a mayonnaise potato salad recipe.

This German potato salad recipe is the perfect side dish when serving a Classic Hamburger Recipe or even a hearty meatloaf.

German Potato Salad topped with bacon

What is German Potato Salad?

Traditionally from Southern Germany, the best German potato salad is made with a flavorful balance of vinegar, water, sugar, and salt and pepper. I love to add lots of bacon for a great smoky flavor!

Hot German potato salad can be served any time of year or cooled to enjoy at a summer barbecue!

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How to Make German Potato Salad

This potato salad is made similarly to a warm potato salad. Cube and boil potatoes and while they’re cooking, prep the dressing!

German Potato Salad Dressing is made with a roux base.

  1. Fry bacon until crisp. Once cooled, crumble into small bits.
  2. Fry chopped onion in the remaining bacon grease. Stir in flour and cook down.
  3. Whisk remaining ingredients (except the parsley) and bring to a simmer.

Now that the dressing is ready, pour over warm potatoes and gently toss to coat! Before serving, add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle parsley over the top, and of course bacon!

German Potato Salad ingredients

What to Eat with German Potato Salad

A warm German potato salad is great with your favorite grilling like grilled chicken breasts or tender grilled pork chops!

As a side dish, German potato salad goes with any kind of meat, especially grilled sausages! In keeping with a German theme, why not try a chilled glass of Riesling or Gewurztraminer wine?

German Potato Salad topped with parsley and dressing

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German Potato Salad topped with bacon
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Review Recipe

German Potato Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
German potato salad is a delicious main dish or tasty side with any meat! Try warmed up or at room temperature for a variety of fun ways to serve.


  • 2 ½ pounds potatoes yellow or red
  • 8 slices bacon uncooked
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup celery chopped
  • 2 tablespoons parsley

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  • Cut potatoes into bite sized pieces. Bring salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain well.
  • Meanwhile, fry bacon until crisp. Remove bacon and cook onion in drippings until tender, 3-5 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook 1 minute. Add remaining ingredients except parsley and bring to a simmer while whisking. Simmer 2 minutes.
  • Place warm potatoes in a bowl. Pour the dressing over top, add celery if using and parsley and toss well. Top with crumbled bacon.
  • Serve warm or room temperature.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 255, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 19mg, Sodium: 410mg, Potassium: 873mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 125IU, Vitamin C: 24.7mg, Calcium: 63mg, Iron: 6.4mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword potato salad, warm Potato Salad
Course Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine German


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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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    1. The amounts for the ingredients are listed on the recipe card. You can scroll down to it, or click Jump to Recipe at the top of the post! Enjoy Bonnie!

  1. I’ve been eyeing this recipe for quite some time. We were grilling burgers today, so I decided today was THE day. If there’s anyone out there like me, I was completely put off by the presence of vinegar. I have used recipes including vinegar in the past and was not satisfied. However, this one was really good. It doesn’t give it a vinegary taste. Just tangy and good. Well worth the try!4 stars

  2. How can you have nutritional information without a serving size? It could be anywhere between 1/2 cup and 2 cups!

    1. My grandma as from Hungary and she made it every time she visited. At first I didn’t care for it but after the second time, I loved it!5 stars

  3. I tweaked it a little, (as usual) it’s pretty good. A nice change up to the regular grilling menu. I will definitely make this again.4 stars

  4. Please cgange the name of this to southern German style potato salad. I’m from the northern part of Germany and ours is traditional made with mayonaise and served cold. Wish people would be more considered and do some research before calling something “German “.