Mom's German Potato Salad

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

This German Potato Salad recipe has been in my family for generations! I don't think a year of my life has passed when I haven't had this at a family gathering. This is the version that my mom perfected, although you can add more or less sugar according to your tastes.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 12 lbs potatoes (6 medium)
  • salt, pepper,and celery salt (to taste)
  • 12 cup onion, chopped very fine
  • 5 -6 slices bacon
  • 12 cup vinegar
  • 34 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • additional salt, pepper,and celery salt (to taste)


  1. Boil potatoes until just tender when poked with a fork, but not too soft.
  2. When potatoes are cool, peel and slice thin.
  3. Add salt, pepper, and celery salt to taste.
  4. Add chopped onion; set aside.
  5. Fry bacon slowly in skillet until crisp; crumble when cool.
  6. In separate bowl, combine vinegar, water, and sugar.
  7. Add liquid to bacon in skillet.
  8. Blend in flour and additional salt, pepper, and celery salt to taste.
  9. Add potatoes and warm through.
Most Helpful

Very good recipe. A nice version of a classic salad. I would have liked more dressing and much more onion, but overall this was still very good. I got a little confused in step 5 where the bacon is removed from the pan, cooled & crumbled, and then in step 7 you are adding ingredients back to the bacon in the pan. I was on my way to the sink to clean out my skillet as the bacon cooled when I realized I would be needing the warm pan & the grease. Also - I would recommend whisking the flour into the dressing before adding it to the pan. The flour got a bit clumpy when added to the warm sauce.

HeatherFeather November 04, 2003

I think your mom's potato salad is perfect just the way it is. I wouldn't change a thing. It wasn't too sweet and the vinegar wasn't too overpowering. It doesn't have a lot of unnecessary ingredients and it's not missing any. Perfect.

sugarpea October 31, 2003

Very good,and easy to make! Hubby loved it too.

FarahC March 18, 2008