Potato salad in a white bowl with bacon.

German Potato Salad

This German Potato Salad is made with warm red potatoes, crispy bacon and tangy mustard onion dressing. It makes for a perfect summer side dish!

Course Salad
Cuisine German
Keyword German potato salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 346 kcal
Author Anna


  • 3 lb red potatoes
  • 1/2 lb bacon chopped
  • 1 medium sweet onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic optional
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
US Customary - Metric


  1. Wash potatoes and cut into quarters. Place in a pot and cover with water. Add a teaspoon of salt and bring to boil. Cook over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes OR until the potatoes are done. They should not fall apart but the fork should easily pierce each piece. Drain and place in a large bowl.
  2. In a large skillet, cook chopped bacon until crispy. Remove from pan and add to potatoes in a bowl. If your bacon is very fatty, drain half the fat from the skillet. To remaining bacon grease in skillet, add garlic and onion and saute until the onion is translucent.
  3. In a measuring cup, whisk together vinegar, water, sugar and mustard. Add to onion in skillet and simmer, stirring often, until slightly reduced and thickened.
  4. Pour warm mustard dressing over potatoes and bacon and gently toss to coat.
  5. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve, while still warm.

Recipe Notes

You can use red, yellow or young potatoes in this recipe, Traditionally, the recipe calls for red potatoes.

To easily chop bacon, place it in the freezer for 5 minutes. It should be very easy to slice.

To make ahead: cook potatoes and keep in a bowl in the fridge. Bring the room temperature while you make the dressing. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts
German Potato Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 346 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 770mg33%
Potassium 1203mg34%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Vitamin C 25mg30%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.