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Gagen Family German Potato Salad

German potato salad is distinctive from the typical picnic fare in that there is no mayonnaise in it and it is made warm. It can be served either warm or cold though and the vinaigrette is delightful.
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine German
Keyword potato
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 453 kcal


  • 7 lb potatoes We prefer red or golden. We leave them unpeeled but you can peel them if you prefer.
  • 8 eggs large
  • 1 lb Bacon we use thick-sliced but any kind works
  • 1 medium onion chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 1 Tbsp flour optional - you can add this if you'd like a bit of a thicker "sauce" over the potatoes. My mom never added flour to hers
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 4 Tbsp sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cut potatoes (peel first if desired); put in large pot, cover with water, and bring to boil. Allow to cook until fork-tender. While potatoes are cooking, hard-boil eggs.

  2. Slice bacon into sections about 1/2 inch wide; cook in frying pan until crispy. When eggs are done, drain hot water and cover with cold water. When bacon is done, remove from pan and place on plate covered with paper towels to drain. Reserve bacon grease.

  3. In frying pan used for bacon, sauté onions until tender and translucent. (Optional step: Add flour and stir in to make a smooth paste (roux). If not using the flour, just skip right over this).
  4. Stir in vinegar and sugar; cook on medium-high heat, stirring frequently until sauce thickens.
  5. Drain potatoes. Peel and slice cooled eggs into potatoes; add vinaigrette, bacon, salt and pepper. Toss to coat.
Nutrition Facts
Gagen Family German Potato Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 453 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 160mg53%
Sodium 383mg17%
Potassium 1465mg42%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 205IU4%
Vitamin C 37mg45%
Calcium 121mg12%
Iron 11.1mg62%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.