Our Family's Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Salad

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is truly a family tradition during the summer months. My mom makes it the best - I don't care how many times we follow the recipe - her's always tastes best - must be her touch of love that adds to the flavor. (Note: the cooking time includes boiling the potatoes and making the dressing)

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Salad Ingredients

  • 3 lbs medium red potatoes (about 18-20 potatoes)
  • 1 cup onion, chopped (vidalia onion is preferred now)
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked crisp and diced (save bacon drippings in a small measure)
  • 2 -4 slices bacon, cooked crisp and diced (do not save these drippings)
  • Dressing ingredients

  • bacon drippings, from the 6 slices of bacon only (see above)
  • 34 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 18-14 cup sugar (to taste)
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1 egg, at room temperature, well beaten


  1. Cook the 6 slices of bacon in fry pan until crisp, remove from pan and drain on paper towels before dicing. Reserve the bacon drippings in a small measure from these 6 slices. Then cook the remaining 2-4 slices until crisp, remove from pan and drain on paper towels but do not reserve this additional drainings.
  2. Cook potatoes in boiling water until just tender -- do not overcook.
  3. Cool potatoes slightly then peel and cut into medium sized chunks and place into a large bowl.
  4. Add onions, celery, salt and pepper to potatoes and mix lightly (so you do not break up the potatoes).
  5. Mix vinegar, sugar and water with cooled bacon drippings in the fry pan.
  6. Heat mixture just to simmering - over a medium heat.
  7. In another bowl, crack open egg and beat well with a whisk.
  8. Very slowly, add the dressing mixture to the beaten egg, whisking constantly.
  9. Pour dressing over potatoes and then add bacon and mix lightly.
  10. Serve warm.


Most Helpful

This recipe takes me back to my childhood when Mom used to make potato salad for sunday cookouts. I made this recipe last year for a cookout while visiting my son and DIL in Japan. It was the first dish to disappear. I am back again visiting and she has asked me to make it again. This gives it 5 stars in my book! Thanks for the memories!

Netty's Kitchen August 10, 2009

I haven't made this exact recipe yet, but, the ingredients and directions sound just like the one my Grandma & Mom use to make! I will let you know. Carol f. of washington

carolfournier1 June 08, 2009

This was a very unusual combination for me. That's one of the reasons I picked it to make. The dressing was very tart and I may cut way back on the cider vinegar next time. The other problem I had was that the dressing didn't really penetrate the potatoes. It's so thin it just sank to the bottom of the bowl. After it sat for a while, and I turned it a few times, the flavor developed a little better for me. I think I actually like this salad cold better than hot. Thanks HokiesLady. Made for SSC Pet Parade

~Nimz~ August 02, 2008

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