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German potato salad made with red potatoes, vinegar, onion, bacon, and parsley in a bowl.

German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad is a savory, no-mayo side dish that can be served warm or cold. The bacon vinegar dressing is what makes this dish a hit!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine German
Keyword German Potato Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 332kcal
Author Erica Walker



  • Bring a pot of salted water or broth to a boil. Add potatoes and boil for 10 minutes or until fork-tender. Drain the potatoes and set aside to cool.
    Small red potatoes in a bot of water on a stovetop.
  • Cut bacon into small pieces and place in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until bacon becomes crispy and onions are cooked through.
    Using a metal slotted spoon or spatula, remove the bacon from the pan and set on a plate lined with a paper towel. Remove all but about 1/3 cup of bacon grease from the pan.
    Bacon and onion being sautéed together in a pan.
  • Combine apple cider vinegar, dijon, sugar, salt and pepper in a bowl. Pour vinegar mixture into the pan with the bacon grease and stir well, scraping the bottom of the skillet to deglaze the pan. Remove from heat and set aside.
    Cut potatoes in half and place in a large bowl. Pour the bacon-vinegar mixture over the top and add the bacon. Gently stir with a rubber spatular to combine.
    Red potatoes being tossed with bacon, onion, and vinegar to make German Potato Salad
  • Garnish with parsley and serve hot or refrigerate to serve later.
    A close up of German potato salad made with mini red potatoes and a bacon vinaigrette.


Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 439mg | Potassium: 654mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 32IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg