Delicious warm or cold, German Potato Salad is an all-time favorite for potlucks, picnics, and barbeques. The slightly sweet but tangy dressing contains no mayonnaise, so it is a perfect choice for hot weather.
Put potatoes in a medium saucepan. Cover with cold water and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer and cook potatoes until just tender about 10 to 15 minutes.
Drain potatoes and cover with cold water to cool them. When potatoes have cooled, cut them into ¼ inch slices and put them into a large bowl.
While potatoes are simmering, cook bacon in a medium skillet until crisp. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain and cool. Pour bacon drippings into a small heat resistant container. Chop or crumble bacon and set aside.
Finely slice the green onions and separate the white portion of the onions from the green onion tops.
Measure two tablespoons of bacon drippings and add to a clean medium-sized skillet. Heat drippings over medium-low heat. Add the white portion of chopped green onions and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until onions are slightly transparent.Add flour and cook for two more minutes until flour is absorbed by drippings. Add sugar, salt, and celery seeds and stir well.
Whisk in water and vinegar and bring mixture to a boil, while stirring constantly. Cook 2 to 3 minutes until dressing is well combined and thickened.
Pour dressing over potatoes. Gently fold together dressing and potatoes. Add crumbled bacon and chopped green onion tops.
Transfer potato salad to a serving bowl. Serve and Enjoy!
My Top TipsUse Small Potatoes. The best potatoes to use are small Yukon gold or gold potatoes. But you can also use small white or red potatoes.Don't Peel the Potatoes. There is no need to peel the potatoes for this recipe. Although some cooks do peel them, I think leaving the peel on saves time and gives the salad a beautiful rustic look.Make It in Advance. Make this German Potato Salad a day in advance for the best flavor. After refrigeration let the salad come to room temperature before serving. You won't be disappointed!Substitutions and VariationsSubstitute Red Onion. Instead of using green onions, you can substitute red onion for a sharper more aromatic onion taste and aroma.Add Coarse Grain Mustard. Coarse grain mustard adds bright flavor to this salad and is found in many authentic German potato salad recipes.Add Dill Weed. Dill weed is a flavor that can overpower a dish. But if you love the flavor of dill weed start with adding ½ teaspoon of dried dill or 2 teaspoons of fresh and increase the amount of dill according to your taste.Add Fresh Parsley. Fresh and bright green, parsley will give a clean and slightly bitter flavor.Add Celery Leaves. Fresh celery leaves are really delicious and if you want another celery flavor and green color added to this salad, try chopped celery leaves.Garnish with Hard Boiled Eggs. Slices of hard-cooked eggs will add more protein to this salad.Make it Vegan. Omit the bacon and substitute safflower oil for the bacon drippings.