German Potato Salad Recipe

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German potato salad is perfect for anyone who digs potatoes but is suspicious of mayo. It\’s entirely different from those salads you grew up with that came in a tub and were more dressing than potato. It has a nice tang and the added deliciousness of ample bacon. Especially when it is served warm, you\’ll be going back for seconds and thirds.

German potato salad recipe

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Things You\’ll Need

  • 3 pounds potatoes (red potatoes or Yukon gold)

  • 1 pound raw bacon, chopped

  • ½ cup white onion, finely diced

  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon stone-ground deli mustard

  • 2 teaspoons white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ cup green onions, chopped

  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped

Ingredients for German potato salad

Step 1: Cook the Potatoes

Peel the potatoes if desired and chop them into bite-size pieces. Add them to heavily salted boiling water until they are fork-tender. Drain and set aside.

Chopped potatoes

Step 2: Cook the Bacon

Add the bacon to a skillet over medium heat and cook until the fat has rendered and the bacon is crisp. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and pour off all but about 2 tablespoons of bacon fat.

Bacon in pan

Step 3: Cook the Onions

Add the onions to the bacon fat. Cook until they are browned and starting to caramelize, about 10 minutes.

Onions in pan

Step 4: Make the Dressing

Stir together the oil, vinegar, sugar, garlic powder, mustard, salt, pepper, parsley and green onions. Set aside.

Dressing ingredients in bowl

Step 5: Combine All Ingredients

Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and gently toss to combine. Allow the ingredients to sit for 10 minutes while the potatoes absorb the dressing.

Combined ingredients in bowl

Step 6: Serve

Serve the German potato salad either warm or cold. Enjoy!

Finished German potato salad German potato salad in bowl

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