German Potato Salad ~ Kartoffelsalat

Suzy Rhodes Wed, 06/03/2015 - 11:44
German Potato Salad

I will never forget the first time I tasted German Potato Salad…we were at a house warming party and there was a lot of German food, of course and being new to the country, I was excited to try out new things.  I didn’t however, expect their potato salad to be VERY different from what I was used to.  It had a sweet and sour taste to it, so when I took my first bite – well, I dread to think what my face looked like... because I was ready to spit it out IMMIDIATLEY.  Have you ever had that experience when you go to eat or drink something, you think you know what it’s going to taste like but OHHHH it’s NOT what you thought?  Yep, that happened to me!

Since then, I have had Germany Potato Salad numerous times and I really have learned to love this dish, but of course now I know what to expect with the taste!  It grows on you and when you KNOW what you’re eating it’s actually quite a nice change to the original potato salad that I’m used to.

German "Kartoffelsalat" is a popular variation that is generally prepared with vinegar, potatoes, oil, broth, bacon bits, parsley, onion and topped with chive and served warm. This style of potato salad is usually found in Southern Germany.  Potato salad is commonly served with sausages (like Bratwurst, Weisswurst, Bockwurst or Vienna sausage) and is a popular German dish for Christmas Eve.




Prep time
10 minutes
Cooking time
25 minutes
Total time
35 minutes


5 lb
red potatoes (Peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces)
2 lb
small onion (diced)
green onions (diced)
2⁄3 c
apple cider vinegar
1 c
dark brown sugar
1 t


1. Boil the potatoes in salted water for around 15 minutes or until they are tender. Drain in a colander
2. Cook bacon until crispy and cut into bite-size pieces
3. Sauté diced onions in bacon fat until translucent
4. Deglaze the pan with the cider vinegar
5. Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar and salt
6. Add potatoes and two-thirds of the bacon back into the pan and mix well
7. Pour into serving bowl and top with bacon and green onions