German-Style Potato Salad {gluten, dairy, and soy free}

Several years ago, I had my first taste of a German-style potato salad. I was hooked! And then I promptly shoved the memory to the back of my mind, where it lay dormant. What brought the memory back? Pregnancy, of course! And if memory serves, it was during my last pregnancy that I first tried this style of salad.

Anyway--my memory didn't fail me. This is one yummy, satisfying salad. It's much lighter than standard BBQ fare, as it doesn't contain even an ounce of mayonnaise.

I love to eat this dish warm, just after it has been put together. It tastes great cold too, so make it ahead and stash it in the fridge if you'd like.

Red Potatoes {I used six large potatoes}
Bacon {I prefer the uncured variety, and I used six pieces}
White or Yellow Onion {diced}
1/4 Cup Cider Vinegar
3 Tbsp. Sugar
Salt and Pepper {to taste}
Green Onions {I LOVE green onions, so I used an entire bunch. Scale that back if you prefer.}

To Make:
Wash and dice your potatoes, then put them in a large pot of water to boil. Cook until fork-tender, drain, and set aside.
Chop bacon into bite-size pieces, and cook to done in a skillet. I don't like my bacon to be ridiculously crunchy, but if you do, go for it!
Remove cooked bacon from the skillet, reserving the grease. I put mine on a paper-towel lined plate.
Add the diced onion to the skillet, and cook until tender and translucent.
While the onions are cooking, combine potatoes, bacon, and green onions in a bowl. Stir to combine.
Carefully {you ARE adding vinegar to hot grease, after all!} add the sugar and cider vinegar to the cooked onions, and stir to combine.
Pour the vinegar mixture over the salad, and give it a good stir to combine.
Season with salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy!


  1. My mom used to make this for me when I was a teen
    Brings back memories.

  2. I found your blog while looking for inspiration and this caught my eye! Having just returned from a vacation in Europe and having a delicious potato salad in Germany, I have 'potato salad' on my list of yummy foods to make, and your recipe looks a lot like what I had in mind. Ohhh I can already taste it! Delicious! I love mayo-free potato salad. :)

    1. I hope you enjoy it!! And yes--I have to agree. I have a serious aversion to mayo, so these salad varieties are so much more appealing to me :)


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