Hot German Potato Salad is a warm, tangy, and slightly sweet side dish that’s popular in German cuisine. Unlike its mayonnaise-based American counterpart, this version features a vinegar-based dressing and is typically served warm. It’s a great addition to gatherings and pairs well with various main courses, especially grilled meats.


  • 2 pounds small red or yellow potatoes, scrubbed and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon mustard (preferably Dijon or whole grain)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped


  1. Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 10-15 minutes. Drain the potatoes and set them aside.
  2. In a skillet, cook the chopped bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside on a paper towel to drain. Reserve about 3 tablespoons of bacon fat in the skillet.
  3. In the same skillet with the bacon fat, sauté the chopped onion until translucent and slightly browned.
  4. Stir in the white vinegar, water, sugar, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a simmer.
  5. Add the mustard to the skillet and stir to combine.
  6. Add the cooked potatoes to the skillet, gently folding them into the dressing to coat them evenly.
  7. Cook the potato mixture for an additional 5 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally.
  8. Remove from heat and mix in the cooked bacon and chopped parsley.
  9. Serve the potato salad warm.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 220
  • Fat: 9g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Protein: 6g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes


  • Serves: 6

Hot German Potato Salad is a flavorful and hearty dish that perfectly complements a variety of main courses. The combination of tangy vinegar, sweet sugar, and savory bacon creates a balance of flavors that makes this salad a crowd-pleaser. Enjoy this traditional German side dish at your next barbecue or family gathering!

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