Cold German Potato Salad

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is one of those true German recipes. My dear MIL is a "true" German. Trying to get measurements from her is like pulling teeth. I have made this for DH for 34 years now. I still throw it together without measuring so today while preparing it I tried to eyeball the amounts. Hope it works for you and that it is enjoyed. There is no sugar included like most potato salads. DH does like mayo on the side.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook potatoes in skin till tender (not too soft) needs to be on the firm side. Set aside to cool.
  2. Sauté onion in water and butter till high simmer.
  3. Add bouillon cubes. Set aside to cool.
  4. Peel cooled potatoes and slice into circles about 1/8-inch thick.
  5. Put potatoes in casserole dish.
  6. Drizzle oil and vinegar over top of potatoes.
  7. Pour onion mixture on top, salt & pepper to taste finish with crumbled bacon bits.
  8. Do not mix at this time. Let sit at least 1-2 hours in the refrigerator to let flavors blend. Over night is best.
  9. Serve cold or bring to room temperature.
  10. Mix all together before serving.
Most Helpful

My mom's Cold German Potato Salad had raw egg in it and I have never found a recipe for anything like it. This was very good although a little putzy - why cook down the onion? I may have cooked the onion too long - wasn't sure about "Sauté onion in water and butter till high simmer." There was no liquid left for the bullion to dissolve into. Anyway, I made it work!

Linky April 08, 2015

I found this to be blan. It was easy enough to make but I expected more after reading all the reviews. I served it after about 9 hrs of refrigeration. It tasted a little better the next day but definitely not what I expected.

yvettejd July 05, 2012

I give this recipe 5 stars. It was fantastic. Very nice change from traditional potato salad with mayo. I will most certainly make this again and again. Didn't change a thing. Measurements were perfect. Thanks Teresa for sharing.

KRKing911 July 12, 2010