German Potato Salad

Make this German Potato Salad for your next BBQ or party! A no mayonnaise potato salad recipe with tons of bacon in a tangy, warm dressing!

Of course we love our Classic Potato Salad recipe, but we often serve more than one! Making a few different, make ahead side dishes is a fun and easy way to have a BBQ!

german potato salad in a bowl

German Potato Salad Recipe

German Potato Salad is my sons favorite type of potato salad because he doesn’t like mayonnaise. I’m telling you, not sure how he’s ours but he doesn’t like it. He likes literally everything else under the sun but just no mayo for him.

In steps this gorgeous, tender potato salad dripping with a warm bacon dressing that’s going to blow your mind. The perfect mixture of sweet and tangy flavors that go perfectly with almost any main course!

How Do You Make German Potato Salad?

Start by steaming or boiling the potatoes. We like to use the small baby potatoes, red, yellow or a mixture of colors. They typically come in a 3 pound bag at the grocery store which is the perfect size for this recipe.

While the potatoes are cooking you can make the bacon vinaigrette. This warm bacon dressing is super easy to make, it’ll only take you about 5 minutes to get together. Make the dressing, toss it with the warm potatoes and this potato salad is done.

warm bacon dressing pouring onto potatoes

What Ingredients Do You Need For This Potato Salad Recipe?

  • 3 pounds small potatoes: These usually come in a bag in the produce section. Red, yellow or mixed colors are all fine
  • Bacon: Any kind of bacon you like will work!
  • Red Onion: You can swap out yellow if that’s all you have but red onion gives this potato salad a delicious, tangy flavor
  • Garlic: Start with a few cloves and go from there…
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: The mild acidity in apple cider vinegar is perfect for this warm vinaigrette. Not too tart, just right.
  • Dijon Mustard: You can also use a whole grain mustard, but we like the creamy spiciness of dijon. Just don’t use regular yellow mustard as it will change the color and not give this potato salad the right flavor.
  • Chicken Broth: Chicken broth or stock is the liquid base for this bacon vinaigrette.

potato salad in a bowl with wooden spoon

Is It Better To Cook The Potatoes Whole?

Yes. Cook these little guys whole with the skins on. Using these small potatoes makes it easy because they steam or boil very quickly. Then once they’ve cooled you can cut them in half.

If you are starting with a larger potato, then you can cut the potato in half or in fourths before cooking. Steam and boil the potato pieces until tender and then roughly cut into a bite size piece.

German Potato Salad on a serving spoon

What Main Courses Go Well With This Potato Salad Recipe?

So, so many. It’s honestly hard to choose but we’ll list a few of our favorites and then you can head over to our Dinner Menu and browse around for more!

German Potato Salad in a serving bowl with napkin

Can You Make German Potato Salad Ahead Of Time?

You definitely can, but here are a few tips! Typically this potato salad recipe is served warm, so if you’d like to serve it warm here’s how you do it. Cook your potatoes and prep all the ingredients for the dressing.

If you’re doing this a few hours ahead of time, you can leave the potatoes at room temperature until you’re ready and then make the bacon vinaigrette, toss and serve.

Need more time? If you need to  make this potato salad a day ahead of time, cook the potatoes and refrigerate. Prep the ingredients for the bacon vinaigrette and refrigerate. An hour or two before you’re ready to serve, take the potatoes out of the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature. Prepare the bacon vinaigrette, toss and serve.

potato salad recipe with bacon dressing in a white bowl

Just another note, as much as we love serving this German Potato Salad warm, as it should be, it’s also pretty darn delicious cold too. So if you have leftovers you can either microwave them for a minute or two to warm the potatoes up or just eat it right from the fridge as is.

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German Potato Salad

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

This delicious, warm German Potato Salad is a BBQ party classic! Not only do we love serving this potato salad at BBQ’s, but it’s a great side for holidays and just everyday meals!

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Ingredients

  • 3 pounds baby potatoes
  • 1 cup finely diced red onion
  • 8 strips cooked, chopped bacon, reserve drippings
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley
  • drizzle of olive oil

Instructions

  1. Start by steaming the potatoes in a steamer for about 15 minutes until fork tender. If you don’t have a steamer you can also boil the potatoes for about the same amount of time until the are just fork tender. Place the potatoes in a colander or a bowl and let them cool slightly while you make the bacon vinaigrette.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of bacon drippings to a medium sized skillet over medium heat. Once the drippings are hot, add the red onion and cook for 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minutes longer and then season with salt and pepper.
  3. Pour the chicken broth and vinegar into the skillet, stir and let reduce for 1 minute while simmering. Whisk in the mustard and sugar and remove from the heat.
  4. Cut the potatoes in half and place them in a large serving bowl along with the chopped bacon. Pour the warm dressing over the potatoes, add the chopped parsley and drizzle with a little olive oil. Toss the potato salad gently, taste for seasonings and adjust if needed.
  5. Serve immediately so the potato salad is warm. (See notes for making this recipe ahead of time)

Recipe Notes

Typically this potato salad recipe is served warm, so if you’d like to serve it warm here’s how you do it. Cook your potatoes and prep all the ingredients for the dressing.

If you’re doing this a few hours ahead of time, you can leave the potatoes at room temperature until you’re ready and then make the bacon vinaigrette, toss and serve.

Need more time? If you need to  make this potato salad a day ahead of time, cook the potatoes and refrigerate. Prep the ingredients for the bacon vinaigrette and refrigerate. An hour or two before you’re ready to serve, take the potatoes out of the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature. Prepare the bacon vinaigrette, toss and serve.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

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