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German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad is loaded with bacon and a delicious bacon-based dressing. This is one of those side dishes that are filling yet very easy to prepare.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, German
Keyword German Potato Salad
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings as a side dish
Calories 436kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 3 pounds red potatoes diced
  • 1 pound bacon diced
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons pickle juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons green onions


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the diced potatoes and boil until tender, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Drain the potatoes and place in a large mixing bowl.
  • Place a cast-iron skillet over medium heat and once it is hot, add the bacon and cook it until crispy, about 7-8 minutes.
  • Remove bacon to a plate, leaving the grease in the pan.
  • Add red onion to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes, stirring, until soft.
  • Whisk in vinegar, olive oil, pickle juice, sugar, mustard, salt, and pepper, stir and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Pour the dressing over the potatoes, add bacon and parsley. Toss to combine.
  • Garnish with green onions.
  • Serve hot, or cold.



Calories: 436kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 747mg | Potassium: 906mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 2mg