German Potato Salad

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
German Potato Salad is a hot tangy delicious sliced potato with an almost salt and vinegar-like taste.

I have made this style salad for more than 20 years and if you love spuds this is such a great choice for a side dish with the meat you make.

We love this creamy vinegar sauce and it really is a love it or hates it kind of food.

Once you make this old fashioned recipe, you will crave it again and again and it's so easily done on the stovetop.

We are big potato fans and I like to change them up often when making my mom's burger recipe or some thick juicy pork chops these potatoes are perfect for a side dish.

The family always asks for these more often than any of my other favorite potato recipes.

Even though I am not an authentic German food chef, I sure love some of their famous dishes like our version of venison sauerbraten and we also love a Cold German Potato Salad in the summer times for our BBQs.

If you love German potato salad, this is a must-try simple recipe, just scroll down to my printable recipe card to print this off.

This is a warm potato salad with bacon, boiled egg and dill called German potato Salad

this is a pan of sliced boiled potatoes with bacon and chopped boiled eggs called German Potato Salad

Really an acquired taste

Growing up in an all Italian household, this was quite a change from all the tomato sauce recipes or many kinds of dipping sauces vinegar and oil dressing that we use on any kind of  salads with potatoes in it.

I really didn't start out liking this style potato salad and was made the regular style of  potato salad with mayo on it or the Italian dressing like mom made originally that dad loved.

a salad with a vinegar creamy dressing with bacon called German Potato Salad

Ingredients You Will Need for German Potato Salad

(scroll down to the recipe card for exact measurements)

  • water
  • white vinegar
  • strips crispy bacon crumbled reserve the grease
  • butter
  • flour
  • sugar
  • salt
  • dill
  • celery seed
  • sliced potatoes cooked in salt water and drained set aside
  • hard-boiled eggs chopped
  • granulated garlic
  • black pepper 
  • freshly chopped Italian parsley
  • Optional: finely minced onion or chive (mix that in the egg step)

this is a collage of how to make German Potato Salad


  • Fry bacon first and reserve the grease
  • Always use white vinegar for best results
  • Boil eggs and set them in cool water while cooking the vinegar sauce
  • Use on butter that this calls for
  • Add more water if the potatoes absorb all the moisture in the sauce
  • Adjust the spices to taste
  • Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for some heat

this is a large saucepot of sliced potatoes in a vinegar cream sauce

A Great Side Dish!

Potatoes have always been food for me.

I love that this style of salad is warm and has bits of egg in it. I just love the old fashioned flavors this dish has and style of cooking.

A little more effort to make but really a lot easier than it may look with my step by step instructions.

If you love salt and vinegar potato chips, you will love these potatoes with this cream sauce, that's what they remind my family of and are big fans!

Tool You Will Need

  • Bowls
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • Large spoons
  • Paring knife or mandolin for slicing potatoes
  • Large sauce or fry pan

these are boiled potatoes with lots of dill and cayenne pepper on them

Terrific with Smoked Meats

It's especially great with smoked meats and sausages.

German Potato salad is a favorite no matter what it is served with.

If you like salt and vinegar potato chips. you will love this dish as that's what this taste like to me!

We just love German Potato Salad and all kinds of potato recipes, maybe you remember my potato bread or my Italian potato salad?

this is a large frying pan of sliced potatoes in a buttery cream sauce

Try This Recipe

If you are looking for a great recipe on how to make German Potato Salad, this is it.

When Mom found this recipe in the 1970s and made it, I wasn't crazy about these flavors until I had it a few times.

Then it became a nice change to regular potato salad.

The crispy bacon and boiled eggs make it super delicious with that tangy sauce.

this is overly crisped up bacon drained on paper towels

The Bacon

I actually add more of each that the recipe calls for, who doesn't love bacon and eggs?

The hard-boiled eggs make it even creamier with the yolks chopped up and blended into the sauce.

The bacon fat gives this a fantastic flavor, we never changed the recipe but you can.

Some folks like their potato salad with leftover spiral ham or any other smoked pork meats.

The recipe was adapted from the Better Homes and Garden Cookbook from the early 1960s or 1970 something, one of their first books.

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German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad

Yield: 8
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 10 Mtotal time: 25 M
German Potato Salad a delicious style salad with vinegar and bacon and boiled egg. It's creamy, tangy and served warm and great with any meat as a side dish!


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 6 strips crispy bacon crumbled reserve the grease
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 6 cups sliced potatoes cooked in saltwater and drained set aside
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs chopped
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped Italian parsley
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons finely minced onion or chive (mix that in the egg step)


How to cook German Potato Salad

  1. In a frying pan, cook the bacon until crispy (reserving the grease in the pan) set aside the bacon in dish crumbled.
  2. Boil eggs, peel, chop them set aside. 
  3. Clean and slice potatoes around 1/2 inch thick with a paring knife or mandolin.
  4. Boil sliced potatoes in salted water, drain and set aside.
  5. In the pan with reserved bacon grease. add the butter. 
  6. Stir in the flour, sugar, pepper, salt, dill, celery seed, garlic, vinegar stirring till blended together, add in the water. 
  7. Cook and stir until it thickens. 
  8. Around 1 minute. 
  9. Add the chopped eggs, parsley and stir ( add onion or chives if using. 
  10. Pour over the sliced cooked potatoes, top with crumbled bacon. Serve hot.
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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2017. It was edited and re-published in 2020.


  1. Looks amazing! It would be the perfect addition to a game day spread!

  2. This looks delicious!!! I am so making this as it happens I have all the ingredients in my pantry. This will be yum with our Sunday Roast Chicken

  3. Confession- i'm a potato addict. My obsession for potatoes is huge. And potato salad looks just perfect, I could eat it all happily.

  4. Mmm! This looks so good - quite comforting! Great with chicken, I bet, and a side of green beans (I'm hungry)!

  5. I don't ever remember the last time I had this salad. Now you have me craving it. That bacon and potato mixture is so delicious. I just might have to make this for my daughter's birthday party...she is a potato salad lover.

  6. I love potato salad! It's one of my favorite side dishes. Looks absolutely delicious!

  7. I absolutely LOVE potato salad and your version looks so so yummy! Can't wait to try it!

  8. Yum Yum Yum! Cannot wait to try this! Love! Thank you for sharing this great recipe.

  9. Oh I use to enjoy a certain potato salad every time I travelled to Germany when we had brunch at the hotel, but i'm not sure if this is it. I must try this soon because I have been carving for that one salad. Was so good I still remember it.

  10. I am always down for a good potato dish! Especially German potato salad!

  11. Would love to try this! This looks sooooo good! Yummy! This made me drool.

  12. I love salt and vinegar flavors so this recipe would be a winner in my house. It looks like it's full of flavor but so simple to make. Nice recipe!

  13. I love most forms of potatoes. One of my Mom's favorite salads is German potato, she'd eat that almost any day.

  14. Dear Claudia, your potato salad looks and sounds wonderful! This is a perfect side to so many winter dishes. XO

  15. Potato salad looks delicious, I love the crispy bacon along with potato. I agree with you this will great with any meat.

  16. I absolutely LOVE potato salad. This recipe is super simple and so easy. And super DELICIOUS! I want that salad on my table right now.

  17. The selection of herbs sounds delicious!

  18. Congratulations!
    Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday,467 today! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us and sure hope you come back again!
    Miz Helen


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