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Warm German Potato Salad

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

This Warm German Potato Salad is a classic party side! A no-mayo potato salad with tender potatoes, crispy bacon and a warm vinaigrette!



  • 3 pounds baby potatoes (we like the skin on but you can peel them if you like)
  • 1 cup finely diced red onion
  • 8 strips of bacon, cooked crisp and rough chopped – reserve drippings
  • 1 tablespoon minced 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 (optional)


  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. See note*
  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 minute longer and then season with salt and pepper.
  3. Pour the chicken broth and vinegar into the skillet, stir and let reduce for 3 minutes while on a low simmer. 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 post for how to make this recipe ahead of time)

Recipe Notes

Store: Store leftover potato salad in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Reheat: You can absolutely eat this potato salad chilled, but if you like the warm vibe, microwave leftover potato salad for a few seconds until just warmed through.

Quick and Easy Method! As an alternative to steaming or boiling the potatoes, you can also buy steam-in-bag potatoes that come in 1 1/2 pound packages, so you’d need two bags for this recipe. Just steam them in the microwave, cut and add the your bowl!

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