Authentic German Potato Salad

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated February 5, 2016)

Are you tired of serving the same old potato salad during your family gatherings? If you are, then simply try this wonderful recipe for some authentic German potato salad. Not only does it have a great taste, it is truly unique since the recipe calls for absolutely no mayonnaise. Give it a try, and you will be amazed at how much you love it.


  • 15 slices of bacon (your favorite brand)
  • 7-1/2 cups diced red potatoes
  • 2-1/2 small onions, diced
  • 5/8 cup white vinegar
  • 7-1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons water
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons parsley
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 teaspoon pepper


  1. Boil potatoes. Put the diced potatoes into a large pot, and then add enough water to cover the potatoes. Place the pot on your stovetop and bring it to a boil. Allow the potatoes to boil until you can easily cut them with a fork (which usually takes about ten minutes). Drain the potatoes, and allow them to cool to room temperature.
  2. Cook bacon. While the potatoes are cooling off, grab a skillet, and your bacon. Place the bacon into the skillet, and cook it over medium high heat. Continue to cook the bacon, being careful to not let it burn, until the bacon is crispy brown. Remove the bacon from the skillet, and set it aside on a plate with a paper towel or two to drain the grease from the bacon.
  3. Saute onion. Using the remaining grease from the bacon in the skillet, add the diced onions. Reduce the heat of the stove to medium, and begin sauteing the onions. Continue to saute them until they are a nice golden brown, being careful to not burn them.
  4. Combine and boil. When you are finished sauteing the onions, do not remove them from the skillet. Instead add your water, vinegar, salt, sugar, and pepper to the bacon grease and onions. Mix everything together, and continue to heat it all, until it is boiling.
  5. Add ingredients. Combine the remaining ingredients (such as the potatoes and parsley) the boiling mixture. As you are doing this, only use about half of the bacon right now. Crumble it so it will mix a little easier.
  6. Heat and serve. Place the mixture into an oven heated to about 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and allow it to heat all the way through. This should only take about 10 minutes at most. When the salad is heated all the way through, remove it from the oven and transfer it to a serving bowl. Crumble the remaining bacon over the salad, and serve while it is still warm.

This authentic German potato salad recipe, as presented here, is designed to provide 10 servings. If you need more (or even less) it is simply a matter of adjusting the recipe. For example, if you want to make a smaller batch, divide the ingredient measurements in half, and you will have a recipe for five servings. Double it, or increase the ingredients by half, to make 15 to 20 servings.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...


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