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German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad recipe

This mayo-free version of potato salad from Adrianna Adarme of the Fresh Tastes blog can be served warm or cold to complement your meal.


Yield: 6-8 servings


  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 10 to 12 small red potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons bacon fat
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons whole grain mustard
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon teaspoon minced dill


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. In a skillet, lay the bacon side-by-side and transfer to the oven to bake until golden brown and crispy, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, transfer the potatoes to a parchment-lined baking sheet and drizzle a tablespoon or two of olive oil and toss to coat. Transfer to the oven to roast for 20 to 30 minutes, until fork-tender. (You should be able to bake the bacon and potatoes simultaneously.)
  2. When the bacon is done, transfer it to a paper towel to drain; pour the bacon fat into a small bowl, it should measure out to be about three tablespoons. Remove the potatoes from the oven and allow them to rest until they're cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes. Halve, then quarter the potatoes and place them in a large mixing bowl.
  3. To make the dressing, whisk together the bacon fat, red wine vinegar, whole grain mustard and pinch of salt. Pour the warm dressing over the potatoes and toss until coated. Next, add red onion, diced bacon, flat-leaf Italian parsley and dill and give it a light toss. Taste the potato salad and adjust the seasonings, if you like, adding more dill, more mustard or more vinegar. Serve this potato salad warm or room temperature.
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