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German Potato Salad

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German Potato Salad

A simple, yummy potato salad made with scallions, red potatoes and of course, bacon! Perfect for a light summer picnic.

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  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 30 min
  • Servings 2
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German Potato Salad

pounds unpeeled, chopped red potatoes
scallions, chopped
to 4 strips bacon
cup vinegar
and pepper to taste


  • 1 Boil chopped red potatoes until fork tender (but not too tender). Place in a bowl, cover and let cool completely in the refrigerator, about 4 hours or overnight.
  • 2 When potatoes are completely cooled, cook bacon until crispy, then cool, crumble and sprinkle over potatoes. Add chopped scallions, 1/4 cup vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon.
  • 3 Let potato salad sit for 15 minutes to soak up the vinegar. Taste after 15 minutes; if still bland, add remaining vinegar (or even more, to taste) and mix. If too vinegary, add 1 tsp sugar. Keep playing with potato salad ingredients until it tastes the way you want. Let sit in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.
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German Potato Salad  

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If you're a regular reader, by now you know I’m a sucker for German food.

It runs in my German genes – give me leberkase, rouladen, spaetzle or sauerkraut any day and I’m a happy girl…

But give me German Potato Salad, and I’m over the moon!

German Potato Salad recipe

My grandmothers – both German, natch – make their own equally delicious versions of potato salad. Legend has it my parents discovered me sitting in my car seat one day, fistfuls of potato salad in hand and my face covered in food.

Legend also has it I would stand by my grandmother while she chopped up fresh potatoes, waiting for a bite of a raw piece (yes, raw potato – I was a strange kid).

German Potato Salad recipe

It’s safe to say I’m a potato salad girl. To this day, I cannot pass up the opportunity to make or eat potato salad at any occasion. And with summer in full swing, it’s the perfect time to make one of my favorite foods for a picnic, potluck, Fourth of July party (hint, hint) or just because.

German Potato Salad recipe

This German Potato Salad is particularly easy to make, in my opinion, because it requires no peeling of the potatoes and only five ingredients. It’s also relatively healthy, too, minus the bacon bits – but a little bacon never hurt anyone.

German Potato Salad recipe

Some might be surprised at first by the vinegary taste of the salad, but trust me. Over time, the vinegar soaks up into the potatoes, yielding a delicious sweet-tart flavor. The green onions add extra zing, and the bacon – well, it’s bacon. Enough said.

German Potato Salad recipe

I love red potatoes in potato salad, especially with the skins left on, though you can use any type of potato you want, including Russets and Yukon Golds. This is definitely a “to taste” recipe, so feel free to add as much or as little vinegar as you want, as many green onions as you want and, of course, as much bacon as you want. Or, add some extra ingredients to the mix. It’s all good.

Stephanie (aka Girl Versus Dough) joined Tablespoon to share her adventures in the kitchen. Check out Stephanie’s Tablespoon member profile and keep checking back for her own personal recipes on Tablespoon!
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