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Authentic German Potato Salad

This authentic German potato salad recipe came from Speck’s Restaurant, which was a famous eating establishment in St. Louis from the 1920s through the ‘50s. I ate lunch there almost every day and always ordered the potato salad. When the owner learned I was getting married, he gave me the recipe as a wedding gift! —Violette Klevorn, Washington, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + cooling Cook: 20 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 3 pounds medium red potatoes
  • 5 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley


  • Place potatoes in a Dutch oven; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until tender. Drain and cool.
  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp; using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels. Drain, reserving 4 tablespoons drippings. In the drippings, saute onion until tender.
  • Stir in the flour, salt, celery seed and pepper until blended. Gradually add the sugar, vinegar and water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Cut potatoes into 1/4-in. slices. Add potatoes and bacon to the skillet; cook and stir gently over low heat until heated through. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve warm.

German Potato Salad Tips

What does German potato salad go with?

German potato salad goes with many grilled dishes. Pair it with a fabulous grilled chicken recipe or grilled pork recipe. Or try it alongside one of our favorite Oktoberfest recipes. Prost!

How long does German potato salad last in the refrigerator?

If you (somehow) have leftovers of this tasty potato salad recipe, don't worry! German potato salad typically lasts for about 3-4 days in the refrigerator. We recommend storing it in an airtight container to keep it as fresh as the first day.

What is the difference between American and German potato salad?

The differences between American and German potato salad lie in their ingredients and how they're served. Traditional American potato salads use mayo as a base whereas German potato salads use vinegar and bacon drippings. Because American potato salads use mayo as a base, they are usually served cold. German potato salads, like this one, are served warm. Research contributed by Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 349 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 706mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.


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  • Tom
    Oct 9, 2020

    Disgusting. You would be better served cooking potato in the microwave and chasing it with a cup of vinegar.

  • SdinHB
    Sep 5, 2020

    This tastes almost the same as my mother and grandmother's recipe. Theirs included as much sugar and vinegar (always apple cider vinegar never white) and both are German, but it did not include the celery seed. It was also used with Dandelion greens.

  • Katy's mom
    Aug 30, 2020

    No comment left

  • FireJenny
    Aug 23, 2020

    Way too much sugar!!! Otherwise really good

  • catoo
    Jul 4, 2020

    This is the original recipe We loved it.

  • nannaboo
    Jul 3, 2020

    Agree, needs less sugar 1/3 to 1/2 at the most. Easy to make. Husbands favorite.

  • Nancy
    Jun 18, 2020

    I was looking for a recipe without sugar since Jason and I do not regularly eat sugar but like German potato salad.

  • Karen
    May 15, 2020

    Hey, you DO all realize that there is more than one kind of German Potato Salad, right? every region's is different...some with bacon, some made with sour cream, some with just broth, some with cucumbers, some with pickles....there is not just one! I have two different versions, I make, my mom's friend's version from München, and my Oma's version from The Sudetenland. they are as different from each other as potato salads can get! But both are VERY good, it rather depends on what your main entree is! Guten Appetit~!

  • Susan
    May 15, 2020

    I think the amount of sugar is being misread. It is not 1 and 1/4 cups. It think it was meaning to say quantity (1) amount ( 1/4 ) therefore written 1-1/4.

  • Kardendia
    Jan 8, 2020

    Don't waste resources making this. It is horrible. My husband