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5 from 7 votes

German Potato Salad

Warm, tender red potatoes with bacon and onion tossed in a tangy dressing!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: German
Servings: 6
Calories: 274kcal
Author: Julie Evink

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs baby red potatoes
  • 6 slices thick cut bacon
  • 1 small red onion finely diced
  • 3 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp stone mustard or Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 teaspoon salt divided
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • Chives for garnish optional

Instructions

  • Boil potatoes in a large pan with 1 tablespoon salt until fork tender.
  • Drain and run under cold water. Cut potatoes into half or quarters and add to large bowl.
  • Meanwhile, in a heavy skillet, cook bacon until crispy about 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove bacon from pan and place on plate lined with paper towels, set aside.
  • Add onions to skillet and cook about 5 minutes or until tender.
  • Drain grease off of onions and add to a large bowl with the potatoes. Chop bacon into small pieces and add to bowl. Gently stir to combine.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together white vinegar, mustard, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper.
  • Pour over potatoes in large bowl and stir to combine.
  • Serve immediately or room temperature.
  • Store leftovers in refrigerator.

Notes

WHAT ARE THE BEST POTATOES FOR POTATO SALAD?
This potato salad is usually made with baby red potatoes. They are a waxy type of potato that hold their shape well have they’ve been cooked.
You can usually find them at most grocery stores, but if you can’t you can substitute another waxy potato (like large red potatoes or fingerling potatoes) or you can use Yukon golds which are a little less waxy but will still work well.
IS POTATO SALAD SUPPOSED TO BE COLD?
It depends! Mayonnaise-based salads definitely need to be chilled and kept cold so the mayonnaise doesn’t go bad sitting out. But mustard-based potato salads can be served warm or at room temperature.
HOW LONG DO THE LEFTOVERS KEEP?
The leftovers will keep for three to four days in the refrigerator. Just be sure to keep them in an airtight container.

Nutrition

Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 1458mg | Potassium: 786mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg