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German potato salad recipe

German Potato Salad

  • Author: Melissa
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


A delicious potato salad with crumbled bacon served warm


  • 68 medium to large red potatoes
  • 1 small onion – chopped – Vidalia makes a great choice
  • 6 slices of cooked and crumbled bacon
  • 5 Tbsp. of water
  • 5 Tbsp. of vinegar
  • 2&1/2 tsp. of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt


  • Boil potatoes until fork tender
  • drain potatoes
  • In a medium-sized bowl, mix the bacon and onion
  • fold in the potatoes
  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, warm the water, vinegar, and sugar until sugar is dissolved
  • Pour water mixture over the potatoes and gently toss to coat
  • Serve immediately


Can I Make German Potato Salad ahead of time?

It is not recommended to make this potato salad too far in advance

This potato salad is best served right away and warm, but you can make it ahead of time. It will absorb some of the dressing if stored for too long.

Storage: Store, covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 days

Reheating: If you want to reheat leftover potato salad, cover with aluminum foil and bake in the oven at 350 until just warmed through

Should I serve German Potato Salad Hot or Cold?

German Potato Salad is meant to be served warm or hot. However, if you need to store it in the refrigerator, it is still delicious as a cold side

Do I Need to Peel my potatoes for German Potato Salad?

No. Most recipes leave the skins on which makes for easier prep. However, it is just fine to serve this potato salad with peeled potatoes. Some recipes even require a peeled potato

What Type of Potato is Best in German Potato Salad?

My personal preference is a red potato. They hold up well when boiled and have fewer carbs which make them less starchy

How long Should I Boil Potatoes for Potato Salad?

Boil until fork-tender but not falling apart

I’m serving a crowd? Can I double this recipe?

Yes! You can double or triple this recipe to serve more

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes