German Potato Salad Heirloom Recipe

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Unlike a Northern German version of Hot Potato salad, with lots of sugarโ€“ this Bavarian version is more savory, with just a little bit of sugar.

This is my mother’s recipe. Everyone, German or not, loves it. It is easy to double the recipe as well. I often bring it to potlucks, and we also have it at home on special occasions. There are usually no leftovers, but if there are, they don’t last long!

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I am German, 100%. I have been eating German Potato Salad almost all my many, many years. I’ve cooked many German Potato salads myself. I cooked this one today and my spouse and guests raved about it. We all agree it is better than what is served in our authentic German restaurants/German societies. I also cooked “Wisconsin Bratwurst” from Allrecipes. Opened up a jar of Aunt Nellie’s red cabbage to go along with all this. What a feast!!!Vundabar!!!

My “authentic” recipe calls for a teaspoon of celery seed, it adds a nice texture…this is my favorite potato salad. You can use the same onion/vinegar/sugar sauce for spinach or bibb lettuce — pour the sauce while hot over the greens to create a fabulous “wilted lettuce” salad.

I have been wanting to make German Potato Salad for years and never knew how. I picked this one and I am so glad that I did! However I used more bacon than called for. I didn’t have fresh parsley so I threw in some dried parsley and then I sprinkled in just a little celery seed. I also used white vinegar as called for and not cider vinegar as some other recipes used. It was so good that I will probably never make traditional potato salad again. This is a lot easier too! I printed this and added it to my recipe notebook! This is a keeper! I can’t wait to make this for company! If I could have given it more than five stars I would have!


5 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes
1 small red onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
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