German Potato Salad

July 23, 2014 by Ali

This German Potato Salad recipe is made with bacon and onions and tossed in a light vinegar dressing.

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Guten tag, meine freune!

Ok, I had to look up the “my friends” part of that on Google translate. Clearly my German is not quite on par with my Spanish. But hey, on the day that this post goes live, I will have already spent a week in Austria and Germany during my European adventure. So hopefully my vocab will have at least improved a little by then. One thing’s for sure, though — I know that I will have already consumed lots of potatoes by then!

Oh man, if there’s anything I remember about traveling through Germany in high school, it was the potatoes and sausage. So many potatoes and sausage! I’m not too big on the latter, but I have to hand it to the Germans with how they serve their potatoes, especially in potato salad. I remember lots of potatoes garnished with parsley, usually tossed in a light vinegar dressing, sometimes onions, and always blessedly mayo-free. (Yes, I’m probably the one food blogger who could do without mayo in life.)

So when my sister was in town about a month ago and we were needing for a side to go with our dinner, we decided to make a German-style potato salad in honor of our upcoming trip. We tossed ours with lots of bacon, and also sauted the onions in the leftover bacon grease for extra bacon-y flavor. And per custom, dressed the whole thing in a light apple cider vinegar dressing. Super easy, and super good.


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Here’s how to make it!

German Potato Salad |

Just boil some buttery Yukon gold potatoes until they are cooked, and then drain and cut them into bite sized pieces.

While the potatoes are cooking, though, cook your bacon in a saute pan until crispy. Then saute your onions in the leftover bacon grease until they are cooked.

Once the potatoes are done, add them to a large bowl. Then top with the cooked bacon and onions, and add in some vinegar, salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Top the whole thing with some fresh parsley…

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…and then serve it warm! Or you can cover and toss the salad in the fridge, and serve it cold later. Definitely a delicious and simple potato salad, especially for the non-mayo-fans amongst us. :)


German Potato Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: About 3-4 servings


  • 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes
  • 8 thick slices bacon
  • half a large yellow onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt (plus extra for salting the potato water)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely-ground black pepper (or more, to taste)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley leaves


Add potatoes into a large stockpot and cover with cold water that extends at least 2 inches above the potatoes. Stir in a generous pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium, and continue cooking until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, about 15–20 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large saute pan over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally, about 10-12 minutes. Transfer bacon with a slotted spoon to a plate that has been covered with paper towels, and later break it into small pieces. Reserve 1 tablespoon of bacon grease in the pan, and discard the rest. Add onions to the saute pan and cook in the reserved bacon grease for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cooked and translucent. Remove from heat and transfer onions to the plate with the bacon.

When the potatoes are cooked, drain them and cut into 1-inch cubes. Add potatoes to your serving bowl, and top with the cooked bacon, onions, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Toss to combine. Serve topped with fresh parsley.

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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23 thoughts on “German Potato Salad

  1. I LOVE German potato salad….for the exact same reason. NO mayo :D I’m not a fan, so you’re not alone, Ali. I first had German potato salad when I was studying abroad in Sweden. I had roommates that were from Germany and Austria- they made this with dinner one evening…ohhhh my! I loved that it was warm, and of course, no mayo! SO yummy. Your version looks great! Thanks for sharing!


  2. YES for the extra bacon. I had forgotten about German potato salad. How could I? Its so good! Thanx for the reminder.

    - Carol at Wild Goose Tea

  3. Love this salad. It has always been one of my favorites.

    - Ruth Ann

  4. Your action gif is perfect and this recipe looks awesome!

    - Medha @ Whisk & Shout

  5. Loving this classic dish!

    - Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

  6. Totally making this for my family this summer!

    - Lori @ RecipeGirl

  7. This is my kind of potato salad!

    - Meredith

  8. Stunning! You can never go wrong with bacon!!

    - Katie | The Surly Housewife

  9. I LOVE German potato salad! I’m headed to a family reunion this weekend and my mom is making my great-grandmother’s recipe. I am already so excited!

    - jenna @ just j.faye

  10. Hello Ali,

    I hope you had a nice time in our country ;o) As a german girl I love my potato salad with vingar as well, but I know a lot of people who like it with Mayo. It depends a bit on the are where you live.
    Also, Germany is not only sausage – please! We have really good food here and sausage is only a tiny part of it.


    - Karin

  11. I don’t like mayo either Ali!! In fact, I despise it and I’m always looking for potato salads without it!

    - Shaina

  12. I do like some mayonnaise, but prefer my potato salad a little lighter. Looks scrumptious!

    - Jenny @ The Peachy Pair

  13. Guten Tag, meine Freunde.*

    - Karen

  14. LOVE a simple potato salad. This will certainly be on my dinner table this week.

    - Phillip ||

  15. Beautiful dish! Hope you are having a great time in Europe, can’t wait to hear about it :)

    - Amanda

  16. I will never say no to tasty tater salad! I hope you are having a blast in Germany!!

    - Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  17. Potato salad might be the ultimate summer side! Love this picnic perfect dish.

    - Erin | The Law Student's Wife

  18. Lovely potato salad! Want!!

    - Jenny Flake

  19. I studied abroad in Austria and Germany in college! Hope you’re having the best time! This potato salad looks sooo good!

    - Marie @ Little Kitchie

  20. Yum! Bacon and potatoes were created to go together. This looks really good. I hope you are enjoying your trip!