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Potluck German Potato Salad

This is a big hit at church potlucks. One man says he comes only so he can eat my potato salad! —Kathleen Rabe, Kiel, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 3 pounds small Yukon Gold potatoes, unpeeled (about 10)
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


  • Place potatoes in a large saucepan; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, just until tender, 12-15 minutes. Add celery and onion; continue cooking until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes longer. Drain; set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, whisk together next 6 ingredients. Bring to a boil; cook until thickened, about 2 minutes.
  • When cool enough to handle, slice potatoes; return to large saucepan with celery and onions. Add vinegar mixture, tossing to combine. Add bacon. Simmer mixture until heated through, 10-12 minutes. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
2/3 cup: 194 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 181mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • ekarmst
    Aug 6, 2020

    This was very good. Next time I will cut back an the sugar and add more salt and pepper. Thank you for sharing your really good recipe.

  • annsway1
    Aug 15, 2019

    I attend the local Octoberfest here in Indiana just to order two serving of their potato salad. With this recipe, I will not be going as much because it is deliscous! Thanks for posting....

  • khegeman
    Mar 27, 2018

    Very good. I did have to add twice as much corn starch to get the sauce to thicken; otherwise it was too runny and I feared it would just run off the potatoes. It was not too vinegary as some German potato salads can be.

  • Wyeth2
    Sep 21, 2017

    Kathy we tried your recipe tonight and it is very very Good. This is going in my Keeper Book