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German Potato Salad Recipe

Contributors: Margaret Pfeiffer, MS, RD, CLS, CD

Published: January 24, 2014

German Potato Salad
Rebecca Clyde, MS, RDN, CD

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has a large German population, and German potato salad is common fare. While it's best made the day of serving, don't hesitate to reheat in the microwave.


5 unpeeled red-skinned potatoes (about 2 pounds)
1 medium-sized onion, chopped
4 slices bacon or turkey bacon, diced
¼ cup sugar or equivalent sugar substitute
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 cup water
¼ cup white vinegar
1 large egg
¼ cup fresh or bottled lemon juice
¼ cup chopped fresh chives


Before you begin: Wash your hands.

  1. Boil the potatoes in a large saucepan for about 20 minutes or until tender (test with a fork). Drain and cool slightly. Slice the potatoes and place in a large serving bowl with the chopped onion and set aside.
  2. Cook the bacon in a medium-sized skillet until crisp. Remove from heat and drain on paper towels. Discard all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat.
  3. Add the sugar, flour, salt, and pepper to the bacon fat in the skillet; stir to combine.
  4. Combine the water, vinegar, egg, and lemon juice in a small bowl; whisk with a fork to blend. Add to the bacon fat mixture in the skillet. Whisk together and cook over medium heat until the mixture starts to boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Pour the cooked bacon fat mixture over the potatoes and onions and toss gently. Garnish with chives and serve.

Nutritional Information

Serving size: ½ cup
Serves 8

Calories: 120; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 0.5g; Cholesterol: 30mg; Sodium: 250mg; Total Carbohydrate: 23g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Protein: 4g.

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