German Potato Salad

I love German Potato Salad.  It is a family favorite and reminds me of growing up and going to my Great Grandmother’s.  I would often go to her house and I could smell the aroma of vinegar lingering in the kitchen;  a staple in this classic potato dish.

Not long ago I was speaking with my Aunt and was asking her if we had the family recipe for German Potato Salad.  I was eager to make a warm batch of this tasty salad so I was thrilled when I was assigned The World in my Kitchen for this month’s Secret Recipe Club and found a recipe for it on her site.

The World in my Kitchen is a beautiful site written by Mindy a wife and mom to two children.  She began writing her blog while living in France and continued writing it when she returned to the United States.  She has a variety of fabulous recipes, many that were inspired from her travels in her recipe box that I look forward to making.   I had to choose her German Potato Salad to highlight since this is a dish that is near and dear to my heart.

Her recipe for German Potato Salad is amazing and is just what I  was looking for.  This is the perfect side dish to serve warm alongside bratwurst or to take along to a summer picnic.  

It is wonderful how food whether it is the taste or the smell can remind of certain times and places.  That is the beauty of food and why some of the fondest memories are when with family and friends enjoying good food, a glass of wine and great conversation.  

German Potato Salad
Slightly adapted from The World in my Kitchen

2 pounds medium unpeeled red skinned potatoes halved and then cut into quarters
6 strips of bacon
1 cup onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup white distilled vinegar

Add potatoes to a large pot of salted water and bring to a boil.  Cook until potatoes are tender, about 20-25 minutes.  Drain water and set potatoes aside in large bowl.  

Cook bacon in a large skillet until cooked and crisp.  Remove bacon and set aside.  Once bacon has cooled, crumble on top of potatoes.   Drain grease saving bacon drippings.  Add onion to same skillet over medium heat and cook until slightly tender, about 4-5 minutes.  

While onions are cooking, in a small bowl combine flour, sugar salt and pepper.  Add flour mixture on top of onions and pour in water and vinegar.  Stir onion mixture until combined and cook until mixture thickens 2-3 minutes.  

Pour mixture on top of potatoes and toss until combined.  Season with additional salt and pepper if necessary.  

Serve warm.  


  1. Wow! You make this salad look beautiful! I photographed it several times before finally giving up and just posting about it. ;-) I also love the idea of cubing the potatoes first–I always make a mess and burn my fingers cutting the potatoes after boiling them. Thanks for a great write-up!

  2. This is my all-time favorite! It was love at first bite for me! Great SRC selection.

  3. I can smell it cooking right now! I love warm German potato salad! I work with my Mom at the German American School Holiday Market and get this every time!!! I’ve never made it though. I just might have to. Thanks and excellent pick!

  4. Jen, love the new site, and love me some german potato salad…I think its better than the usual stuff! Definitely looks yummy!

  5. Looks delicious, but then anything is bacon is automatically great!

  6. Yummy! that looks so amazing, and your photos and beautiful as always :)

  7. I love a good, mustardy potato salad and yours looks perfect, Jennifer!

  8. My mom’s side of the family is German so I am no stranger to this tangy type of potato salad. I absolutely love that this one has red potatoes!

  9. My favourite type of potato salad too!

  10. I love German Potato Salad! Looking forward to trying this! It looks delicious!

  11. My favorite part about this (besides the potatoes and bacon) NO mayo!.

  12. I love any type of potato salad but have never had German potato salad…

  13. This looks delicious – potato salad is always my favorite side salad at barbecues!

  14. Ok, I must be really hungry right now, because I could use a serving of this for breakfast!

  15. It sounds a lot like a warm potato salad we make in Denmark – but then Denmark is close to Germany, so maybe the inspiration came from the same place :-)

  16. i’ve never heard of German potato salad before. i knew of Russian. and the kind my mom makes. but this gets me excited! :)

    happy src reveal from a group D member!

  17. I haven’t thought of this recipe in years. Mom used to make it and we loved it! Thanks for making me remember it!

  18. Looks amazing! Excellent job. You picked a great recipe for SRC

  19. Gee, I’ve been offline for a few days, since my sister was in town and I missed out on some yummy posts!! This looks incredible Jennifer! I could have used this recipe for a potato salad I made this past weekend! Looks like I’ll have to get in the kitchen and start cooking again! :)

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