German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad is in my blood! It runs through my veins – and it’s EVERYTHING you need for summer cook-outs this year!
German Potato Salad from (@whatsgabycookin)

Can I make a confession? Creamy potato salad makes me cringe. It’s not my jam. Actually most creamy salads scare me. Chicken salad. Egg salad… no thanks! You’ll never see them here on What’s Gaby Cooking because I just can’t!!! They go right up there with my fear of heights!! Eeeeeek. But give me something with a light vinaigrette and a ton of fresh herbs and I’m game! It’s the California girl inside me coming out to shine.

This german potato salad is the ultimate potato salad. Use it as a side dish alongside some grilled steak or chicken and it’s a winner!

German Potato Salad from (@whatsgabycookin)

German Potato Salad

Yield: Serves 6-8

German Potato Salad


  • 3 pounds new potatoes, medium to small dice
  • 8 ounces applewood smoked bacon
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 3/4 cup champagne vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 8 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch chives, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves


  1. Place potatoes in a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Cook until fork tender and remove from heat, drain and set aside in a bowl.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, place the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry until browned and crisp, turning as needed. Remove from the pan and set aside. Once cooled, break the bacon into pieces
  3. Add the diced onion to the bacon grease, and cook over medium heat until browned.
  4. Carefully add the vinegar and mustard to the onions and cook for 2 minutes and turn off the heat. Whisk in the oil and season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Add the hot dressing to the potatoes and toss gently to coat. Fold in the bacon, green onions and parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking

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  1. Hi there, looks nice. I live in Germany, and there are thousands of ‘home’ recipes. Every family has their own version, and this is yours. The one thing I have been told over and over again is that you have to dress the potatoes while they’re still warm, cos it helps the flavour of the dressing to penetrate. Who knows. Haven’t made it for years, but this sounds nice (minus the bacon – I’m vegetarian). I like your blog. Thanks

  2. Love this recipe! I’ve made several versions of german potato salad including my grandmother’s but this looks like a winner!

  3. Looks wonderful. What would be good in lieu of the champagne vinegar? Apple cider vinegar? I don’t want to purchase the other since I don’t have another use for it.

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