German Potato Salad

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Cider vinegar, salty bacon, and scallions lend their flavors to not-too-starchy Yukon Gold potatoes (that means Yukons hold up well in salads and hold flavor when mixed with other ingredients). Since there’s no mayonnaise, this is the perfect salad to take along to a picnic or tailgate party.


Preparation Time10 min

Preparation Time - Text10 minutes

Cooking Time8 min

Cooking Time - Text8



Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionBuffet, Game Day

Recipe CourseSide Dish

Dietary ConsiderationEgg-free, Gluten-free, Halal, Kosher, Lactose-free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free

Five Ingredients or LessYes

MealDinner, Lunch

Taste and TextureSmoky, Tangy

Type of DishVegetable


  • 6 small to medium Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions (white and green parts; about 6 scallions)
  • 4 slices turkey bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Place the potatoes in a large saucepan and pour over enough water to cover. Set the pan over high heat, bring to a boil, and let boil until the potatoes are fork-tender, about 8 minutes. Drain and, while still warm, transfer to a large bowl.

  2. Add the scallions, bacon, vinegar, and oil and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Serve warm or chilled.


  1. Make it a meal kit: Make the salad and store in a sealable container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

  2. Have it your way: You may substitute red potatoes for the Yukon Golds if desired. You can also substitute red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar for the cider vinegar.


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My mother's parents were born in Germany, surname Neustaedter. Mom made her mother's recipe for potato salad, taught it to me 65 years ago and I've been making it ever since. We strictly use small red potatoes (sliced), chopped onions wilted in bacon grease, a flour roux, apple cider vinegar, a bit of water and WHITE SUGAR. Where's the sugar in this recipe? The sweet/sour dressing is what makes German Potato Salad so delicious! Oh, and we always serve it warm or at room temperature...never chilled.

This kind of potato salad you get in Berlin - the good kind of pub food (together with meatballs). I prefer it to the usual mayonnaise variety. My only issue with this recipe is the way the potatoes are cut. You will never see a chunky potato salad in Germany, they are always sliced.


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