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Hot German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad is loaded with bacon, tender potatoes, red onion, dijon mustard, and more for a summer side dish that will disappear fast at any gathering!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Side, Side Dish
Cuisine: German
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 242kcal



  • Add the cubed potatoes to a large pot and fill with water about 1 inch over the top of the potatoes.
  • Heat the potatoes over medium-high heat and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes until the potatoes are just fork-tender.
  • Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large, deep skillet in two separate batches until crisp. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and leave the drippings in the pan. Chop the bacon once cool enough to handle.
  • Add the onions to the drippings and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the vinegar, sugar, and mustard and stir to combine, scraping the bottom of the pan to get the brown bits off. Let the mixture reduce slightly.
  • When the potatoes are cooked, drain but do not rinse. Then add the potatoes, chopped bacon, and olive oil to the skillet with the onion mixture and stir to combine.
  • Add parsley then serve warm.


  • More bacon (up to a full pound) can be added to the recipe.
  • If using thick-cut bacon, you can reduce the amount of sliced to 6.
  • This potato salad is best served warm, but it can also be served cold.
  • Some people like to add garlic or celery to German potato salad. You can add 2 stalks of finely chopped celery in with the onions and you can add a minced garlic clove or two with 1 minute left on the onion cook time before adding the vinegar, make sure to stir constantly so the garlic doesn’t burn.


Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 623mg | Potassium: 723mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg