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German Potato Salad, served warm, is a classic side dish that you could enjoy any time of year.

Warm German Potato Salad from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

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How to Make German Potato Salad

To begin, wash and cut about 3 lb of potatoes into 1 inch pieces. Peel them if you like; I prefer to leave the skin on the yellow potatoes.


Drop them in a large pot and add enough cold water to cover them by and inch or so, along with a teaspoon or so of salt. Bring them to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer until they are just fork tender.

Meanwhile, finely dice or mince about a cup of red onion.


Set that aside and dice up 7 or 8 slices of bacon. Toss them in a skillet and cook it until it is golden and crispy.


When it is cooked, using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels. Let the bacon set there for now.


Add the diced onion to the bacon drippings and cook it over medium low heat until the onion is tender.


When the potatoes are just fork-tender, drain the liquid out and place them in a large bowl.


When the onions are tender, stir in 1/2 cup vegetable broth, 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar, a teaspoon of sugar, and some salt & pepper. Let it simmer together for just a minute.


Toss the bacon in with the potatoes and then pour the liquid and onions over all of it.


Fold everything together and then sprinkle in 2 teaspoons of dried parsley or some minced chives. Allow it to cool a few minutes and serve the salad warm or room temperature.


Warm German Potato Salad from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

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Warm German Potato Salad from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Warm German Potato Salad

Constance Smith – Cosmopolitan Cornbread
German Potato Salad, served warm, is a classic side dish that you could enjoy any time of year.
5 from 31 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine German
Servings 5
Calories 307 kcal


  • 3 lb potatoes, preferably yellow or red
  • 7-8 slices bacon
  • 1 c finely diced onion
  • 1/2 c vegetable broth
  • 1/3 c apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoon dried parsley or minced chives


  • To begin, wash and cut the potatoes into 1 inch pieces.
  • Place them in a large pot with enough water to cover them by an inch or so, add in a teaspoon of salt.
  • Bring the potatoes to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer – cooking the potatoes until they are just fork tender.
  • Meanwhile dice the bacon and sauté it in a skillet until golden and crisp.
  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towel and toss the onion into the skillet with the bacon drippings.
  • Sauté the onions in the drippings until they are tender.
  • Add the salt, pepper, broth, sugar, and vinegar to the skillet and let it all simmer on low for a minute or 2.
  • Drain the potatoes and place them in a large bowl.
  • Toss in the bacon and add the contents from the skillet.
  • Fold it all together with the dried parsley or chives. Serve warm or room temperature.
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 1cCalories: 307kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 11gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 388mgFiber: 6gSugar: 5g

Nutritional information is auto-generated and the accuracy is not guaranteed.

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33 thoughts on “Warm German Potato Salad”

  1. I love cooking my veggies in the bacon grease. So delicious. This potato salad sounds great-I'm not really a fan of mayonnaise so this sounds so much better!

  2. I love the idea of warm German Potato Salad. Your helpful photos would make recipe preparation very easy.

  3. These look amazing, Constance. And so glad to have you back! And p.s. I love that round cutting board… so pretty. Thanks for this winning recipe!

  4. Welcome back! I love german potato salad, but I don't make it enough. I must say – when I was looking at your photos, I just kept thinking "damn – she has great knife skills." Seriously, who thinks that? I'm such a weirdo.

  5. Welcome back, Constance! I can smell the bacon now. This looks amazing, and I will def. be trying it this summer.

  6. I´m a hoarder of potato salad recipes. And let me tell you this has all the good ingredients: no mayo, lots of vinegar, bacon and potatoes with their skins on! Gorgeous Constance

  7. I had no idea what made German potato salad German potato salad. It sounds so good with the bacon and dressing! Sign me up!

  8. Hi Constance,
    Welcome back! How was the move? Glad to hear you are all settled in! :) and hello? what a great way to come back. . with this delicious warm german potato salad. . and with BACON. . great minds think alike! :)

  9. Welcome back! Love anything with potatoes. This salad sounds awesome. Can you go wrong with bacon and starchy wonderful potatoes?

  10. Confession? Warm German Potato Salad is probably my favorite type of potato salad! I grew up with it…coming from a majority German-on-both-sides family, it's the thing childhood memories are made of for me! Mmmmm….

  11. I really like the idea of a warm potato salad. I've always been kinda weirded out by the cold mayo heavy stuff, so I think I'd really enjoy this!

  12. My kind of potato salad for sure!! I've been waiting on this recipe ever since I saw it listed in the forum. It's nice to have you back joining in Sunday Supper. So glad you are settled in with your new home.

  13. Bet that zing of the apple cider vinegar with the rich Yukon golds makes for a perfect blend. And of course the addition of bacon into anything never hurts =)

    So glad to see you back at SundaySupper. And glad you are settled in to your new home, Constance =)


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