German Potato Salad

July 10, 2013
This classic vinegar-based German Potato Salad with bacon is great served warm or chilled.  Packed with flavor, it's a fabulous side dish for any backyard barbecue or everyday meal!

German Potato Salad Image


I have yet to meet a potato salad I don't like.  And one of my absolute favorite potato salads is this vinegar-based German Potato Salad.

No mayo? ... no problem!  I can certainly take my potato salad without the mayo.  The tang of the vinegar dressing is so tasty with the potatoes in this no-mayo version.

And bacon.  Oohhhhhhhh, bacon and potatoes are just so good together.

This classic German Potato Salad is great served warm or chilled.  Packed with flavor, it's a fabulous side dish for any backyard barbecue or everyday meal!

Loaded with dill pickles, scallions, fresh parsley, and crumbled bacon, this is one flavor-packed potato salad that's a fabulous side dish for any backyard barbecue or everyday meal.

And it's tasty to enjoy either warm or cold.  So serve it immediately after it's made and still warm, or chill it for several hours or overnight ... whichever you prefer.

But we prefer it chilled to give the potatoes time to absorb some of the vinegar.  It makes it extra good and tasty that way.

Vinegar-based German Potato Salad with bacon image ~ great served warm or chilled.

My husband Mark is of German descent.  His mother grew up in Germany and came to the United States when she was 17 years old, settling in the North Carolina town in which my husband grew up.

We're blessed to get to enjoy some authentic German dishes when she cooks.  And are also blessed to get to enjoy inheriting some of her favorite German recipes, too.

My mother-in-law and my husband refer to this version of German Potato Salad as "Rich Man's German Potato Salad" because it has all kinds of "stuff" in it.  Like bacon ... and chopped pickles ... and scallions ... and celery ... and fresh parsley.

My mother-in-law and my husband refer to this version of German Potato Salad as "Rich Man's German Potato Salad" because it has all kinds of "stuff" in it.

The "stuff" adds wonderful flavor, but it's also "stuff" that wasn't readily available in Germany during my mother-in-law's growing up years.  Because of World War II, they were very limited in what supplies they could get their hands on.

Because of the limited supplies of her youth years, my mother-in-law makes a much simpler version of German potato salad that we call "Poor Man's German Potato Salad."

It's quite simply just potatoes and very thinly sliced onion dressed with vinegar, salt, and pepper.  That's it ... because that's pretty much all they had.  But let me tell you, "Poor Man's" German potato salad is sooooo good, too.

German Potato Salad with Bacon Image

But when it comes to which variety of German potato salad ... rich man's ... poor man's ... it really doesn't matter to me which version I get.  I love them both.  

As long as I get that yummy combination of vinegar and potatoes, my taste buds are happy!

Warm German Potato Salad Image



German Potato Salad
Source:  A family friend
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. potatoes, unpeeled
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 2 baby dill pickles
  • 2 scallions, white and green parts
  • 1/3 c. white vinegar
  • 3 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 4 T. chopped fresh parsley
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
Directions
  1. Boil potatoes until tender when pierced with a fork. (Cooking times will vary based on the size and variety of your potatoes.) Cool slightly until potatoes are cool enough to handle; chop into 1/2-inch cubes. Place warm cubed potatoes in a large bowl.
  2. Chop celery, pickles, and scallions. Add celery, pickles, scallions, and crumbled bacon to the potatoes and gently mix to combine.
  3. Place vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, and parsley in a jar or small bowl. Shake or whisk until thoroughly combined. Pour over potato mixture while potatoes are still warm. Toss gently to coat.
  4. Serve warm or chilled.
Enjoy!


Please enjoy these other tasty salads from The Kitchen is My Playground ...





9 comments

  1. This looks really delicious!! I should try it someday.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, indeed you should, Colette ... it's really yummy. :-)

      Delete
  2. i have a lot of potatoes at home, going to try out recipe. i love potatoes.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I bet this is fantastic, Tracey! I love a nice, tangy sauce. Especially with potatoes! Pinning and sharing on Facebook and Twitter! Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #21!

    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!
    http://www.dessertnowdinnerlater.com

    ReplyDelete
  5. This looks SO GOOD!!! And I couldn't agree more... I have yet to find a potato salad I don't like too!!! One of my absolute favorites!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I made this recipe and my family LOVED it! Brought some to work and had to make a batch for them too! Thank you for the recipe!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yay!! I'm so glad your family enjoyed it, Sarah. Thank you so much for stopping back by to let me know!

      Delete
  7. Who doesn't love a potato salad? Especially one that looks as good as this one!

    ReplyDelete

I love your comments ~ I read and appreciate each and every one. When you choose to leave a comment, we collect and display your name, as provided by you. Clicking "publish" to submit your comment indicates your explicit consent for name collection. If you click the "notify me" checkbox {which is optional}, your e-mail is also collected. Clicking the "notify me" checkbox indicates your explicit consent for e-mail collection. Thank you so much for visiting The Kitchen is My Playground!

Blog Design: Tracimichele.com. Powered by Blogger.