German Potato Salad #SundaySupper

German Potato Salad #SundaySupper Memorial Day weekend has always been the unofficial start to summer. The beaches open up, the first waves of people trek down to Coney Island and the parks fill up with the scent of picnics and barbecues. 

Mother nature apparently had other plans for us this weekend, as this is probably one of the coldest Memorial Day weekends I can remember in quite some time.   The temperature dropped so low, our building put the heat back on Friday evening, brrrrr!!! 

German Potato Salad #SundaySupper In my opinion, this is totally unacceptable for the end of May. I should be outside enjoying the beautiful weather (albeit in the shade, this girl doesn’t like the sun). I should be able to go enjoy my first picnic of the season with my husband and pug instead of being cooped up in my apartment all weekend long! 

To make up for the crazy weather all over the country, #SundaySupper is going to enjoy a virtual picnic this week.  We have every type of recipe you can think of to last you through the summer. 

German Potato Salad #SundaySupper I’m bring my favorite type of potato salad to party this week, German Potato Salad! Unlike the goopy, mayonnaise laden types, German potato salad has a nice sweet and sour punch from a vinegar heavy dressing and is studded with loads of bacon.  Who can say no to that?  Plus, you don’t have to worry about it spoiling if it sits to long in the warm weather.  I say you have a win-win situation. 

German Potato Salad #SundaySupper

To get into the patriotic spirit, I used red, blue and white potatoes. Go ahead and use a variety for this salad, or just your favorite waxy potato.

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  • 1 1/2 lbs assorted potatoes or red or yukon gold
  • 4 slices thick cut bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. In a medium pot, insert the steaming rack and fill it with water until it just reaches the steamer.
  2. Cut your potatoes into 1/4 inch slices. If the potatoes are large, cut the slices in half.
  3. Place into the steamer, cover the potato and steam on medium heat until fork tender. About 15-20 minutes.
  4. In a small skillet, cook the bacon on medium heat until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel to drain.
  5. Reserve the bacon grease and add the shallots to the pan. Cook until tender, about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Stir in the dijon mustard and brown sugar and then carefully pour in the apple cider vinegar and water to the skillet. Mix well and bring to a boil. Cook until reduced by half.
  7. In a large boil, add the steamed potatoes, bacon, scallions and drizzle the warm dressing over. Toss to coat and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
Cuisine: German | Recipe Type: Side

German Potato Salad #SundaySupper Make sure you check out the rest of our great picnic recipe lineup this week!

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Don’t forget, you can join the picnic discussion on Twitter throughout the day, where we’ll be tweeting and sharing the recipes. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm EST. To join in, just follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, and remember to include it in your tweets. You can also check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more delicious recipes and photos.

Do you know about the Food & Wine Conference sponsored by Sunday Supper? It is Being held July 19th – 21st in beautiful, sunny Orlando, FL. It’s a must for food bloggers. Find out more here: Food & Wine Conference


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49 thoughts on “German Potato Salad #SundaySupper

  1. Katy

    Like you, I prefer my potato salads to be zingy rather than smothered in mayonnaise, and I love the patriotic theme of yours! I hope the weather improves!

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  6. Stacy

    Add bacon to almost anything, Susan, and you get my attention! Potato salad with a Dijon mustard/brown sugar dressing AND bacon? Like the Hallelujah Chorus in my mouth. I would love this!

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  9. Katie

    I think I need to try this potato salad out! I have never been a fan of potato salads, but I think it’s always been the mayo laden ones that I’ve been exposed to…and the mustard and vinegar sound like flavors I would much prefer!!!

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  13. Diana @GourmetDrizzles

    I’m with you, not loving the goop!!! 😉 Great recipe, and love the addition of mustard and shallots- yum!

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  15. Amanda @ Marocmama

    My grandma used to make a German potato salad that is very similar to the recipe you posted. She never wrote it down or taught anyone else how to make it so thank you for this! I’m going to try it and see if it’s as I remember.

  16. Liz

    I’d never had German potato salad till I married into my hubby’s family. Yours looks perfect.

    PS…it was 91º here last year…and right now it’s 57º :/

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  18. Bea

    I love potato salad it is perfect and your version of German Potato Salad sounds {and looks} absolutely fantastic! Yum – I actually would like a big plate of it for breakfast right now 🙂

  19. Laura Dembowski

    This potato salad is right up my alley! I love things with tons of vinegar. It’s one of my favorite foods. It’s chilly here too but absolutely beautiful. And I refuse to turn on the heat even though it was 62 in here the past few mornings.

  20. The Wimpy Vegetarian

    I was in the mountains earlier this week and it was freezing there too. It’s actually supposed to snow there one night next week ! German Potato Salad is my very favorite way to have a potato salad, no matter what the weather is 🙂 I’m so glad you posted this, Susan!

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  25. Hezzi-D

    It’s freezing here too and I’m sick of it! This potato salad sounds wonderful, I’m also not a huge fan of the goopy potato salads.

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  27. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

    I love both kinds of potato salad; the mayo-based one and the vinegar-based one. I don’t discriminate. I actually just made some of the mayo-based one because with the start of warmer weather I just had a hankering for that BBQ staple. Next potato salad craving will be calmed by this recipe!

  28. Heather @girlichef

    I could probably eat that whole thing by myself. For reals. Growing up, German Potato Salad was always my favorite…my grandma made it for me every time I came over. And now I need some in mah belly.

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  31. Anita at Hungry Couple

    Ah, memories. My German father taught me to love this stuff. 🙂 And yes, the weekend weather was completely unacceptable. It was even worse out east and we had to sleep under an electric blanket. Not right….

  32. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    Bacon and no threat of projectile vomiting from food poisoning?! Heck yeah! I tend to stay away from mayo like the plague so this potato salad sounds amazing. I sympathize with you about the weather. In Vancouver, it’s almost guaranteed to rain every long weekend. It’ll be sunny all through the work week and as soon as the weekend hits, it’s a torrential downpour. It sucks! Plus we don’t take Abby for her walks when it’s raining so she gets a bit stir crazy, even though we play with her in the apartment. Poor lil thing! It’d be so cool if she and Sir Pugsley could meet one day.

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