Published Feb 21st
Prep 30m Cook 20m Additional - Ready In 50m
Servings 4 servings Calories 182.9

This is my mother’s recipe. Everyone, German or not, loves it. It is easy to double the recipe as well. I often bring it to potlucks, and we also have it at home on special occasions. There are usually no leftovers, but if there are, they don’t last long!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 cups diced peeled potatoes
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Place the potatoes into a pot, and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook for about 10 minutes, or until easily pierced with a fork. Drain, and set aside to cool.
  2. 2 Place the bacon in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat. Fry until browned and crisp, turning as needed. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. 3 Add onion to the bacon grease, and cook over medium heat until browned. Add the vinegar, water, sugar, salt and pepper to the pan. Bring to a boil, then add the potatoes and parsley. Crumble in half of the bacon. Heat through, then transfer to a serving dish. Crumble the remaining bacon over the top, and serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 182.9
  • Carbohydrate 32.2 g
  • Cholesterol 9.9 mg
  • Fat 3.9 g
  • Fiber 2.2 g
  • Protein 5.4 g
  • Saturated Fat 1.3 g
  • Sodium 796 mg
  • Sugar 11 g


  1. I lived in Basel, Switzerland, for 16 years and spent a lot of time right over the border in Germany. They have great salads, meats, dairy's (oh dear!) and breads! My ex German mother in law made a great potato salad, but I have to say that for my own taste buds, this blew hers - Read more ...
  2. Sorry, but this is not authentic. I am German and even live there. We never use peeled potatos, just cook whole potatos, peel them pretty hot, cut and mix them with the sauce. Then they soak it up well when still hot. This is also too less sauce, we make a mix of hot broth - Read more ...
  3. I have been wanting to make German Potato Salad for years and never knew how. I picked this one and I am so glad that I did! However I used more bacon than called for. I didn't have fresh parsley so I threw in some dried parsley and then I sprinkled in just a little - Read more ...
  4. My husband doesn't like the traditional egg potato salad, so I had to come up with a potato salad he would like. I figured it must be the eggs and mayo aspect of the recipe that didn't sit well with him. I found this wonderful rendition and he (and the rest of whosenever I make - Read more ...
  5. This was a delicious potato salad! I hate mayo, so I was on the hunt for a potato salad that didn't have mayo in it and found this gem! I made it the night before for a BBQ the next day and just popped it in the oven 30 minutes before we were about to - Read more ...
  6. We were having a luncheon at the University I work at around Christmas time and everyone was to bring a recipe from their ethnic background. I am German/Irish and I decided to cook something German rather than Irish. I found this recipe and decided to give it a go. The only thing I added was - Read more ...
  7. I am German, 100%. I have been eating German Potato Salad almost all my many, many years. I've cooked many German Potato salads myself. I cooked this one today and my spouse and guests raved about it. We all agree it is better than what is served in our authentic German restaurants/German societies. I also - Read more ...
  8. This is my German mom's recipe too, minus the sugar. I also use more water as the potatoes really do soak up a lot of the liquid. This is an amazing potato salad that everyone should try at least once.
  9. My "authentic" recipe calls for a teaspoon of celery seed, it adds a nice texture...this is my favorite potato salad. You can use the same bacon/onion/vinegar/sugar sauce for spinach or bibb lettuce -- pour the sauce while hot over the greens to create a fabulous "wilted lettuce" salad.

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