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German Potato Salad for Heritage #SundaySupper

German Potato Salad

Today we are celebrating family heritage. We being the fabulous group of food and wine bloggers in the Sunday Supper Movement. Our mission is to bring back Sunday Supper around the family table. The movement was started last fall by Isabel, Family Foodie. She was tweeting about family and food on Sundays. The enthusiasm spread and the #SundaySupper hashtag began appearing in tweets from people all over the world. It also caught the attention of a lot of food bloggers including myself.

The number of tweets and people joining in increased every week. Isabel organized events and has done a great job in coordinating them. When she asked if I would like to host an event, my immediate answer was yes! I knew exactly what the theme would be: Celebrating Family Heritage. My family always celebrated our German heritage with food. The same happens in households world-wide. It is very apparent people want to share their family history, stories, traditions, and recipes. The recipe I am sharing today is one from my Oma, Hildegard Pohl:

Hildegard Pohl

I only saw my Oma a few times. She was in Germany and so visits were not that often. I never cooked with her and honestly I do not remember her cooking. My mom said she was a good cook. She worked in a kitchen during the war in order to provide food for the family while my Opa was away in the military. Since my mom is the one who kept the recipe going, I asked her to come over and make it with me. I had her beside me to check each step along the way. I put her to work peeling the potatoes:

Mom peeling potatoes for German Potato Salad

It was a great time to talk about Oma. I learned more about her and the recipe. I found out Oma would alter it and add apples or fish or whatever extra she had on hand and needed to use. I wondered about all the different variations she must have made. I have only had it one way. It does make me consider changing it up. Then again, I do want to keep it the same because it really is my favorite potato salad. It is just right. The vinegar and cooked onions take it to another level. Oh, and there is bacon in it too. Yes, bacon. Mmmm.

The recipes for this event are incredible. The heritages represented reach across the globe. The diversity makes it even more exciting. Every time I see the list I get hungry. I cannot wait to read the stories behind each recipe. I invite you to visit each blog and find out more about them. The journey is only a click away…

Join in the Sunday Supper conversation. Follow the hashtag #SundaySupper on twitter and tweet your own recipes and food photos with it. Check out the Pinterest board too.

What is your heritage? How do you celebrate it? I would love to know how your family preserves its history. Hopefully one way is around the family table.

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German Potato Salad

A recipe for German potato salad made with potatoes, eggs, bacon, onion, vinegar, mayonnaise, and mustard.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine German
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Renee


  • 8 small to medium-sized russet potatoes
  • 4 slices bacon regular slice thickness
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar plus more to taste
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs diced
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle cubes
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large pot, cover potatoes with about 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to continue to lightly boil until potatoes are cooked but not too soft. (About 25 to 30 minutes after it initially starts boiling). Check doneness with a fork or knife. Drain potatoes in a colander and run cold water over them to cool them down and make them easier to handle (they will be hot so be careful). Peel and cut potatoes into bite-sized chunks and place them in a large bowl or back in the pot.
  2. While the potatoes are boiling, cook the bacon in a skillet until brown and crispy. Remove bacon and chop into small pieces. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of bacon fat from the skillet. Add the diced onion to the skillet and saute until translucent. Pour the vinegar over the onions and cook for a few minutes to deglaze the skillet. Be sure to scrape the bottom of the skillet while deglazing.
  3. Pour the onions over the potato chunks. Add the diced eggs, pickle cubes, mustard, and 1/2 cup mayonnaise. Stir gently to combine without mashing or breaking up the potatoes. Add additional mayonnaise if needed. Add salt, pepper, or more vinegar to taste. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve immediately. Refrigerate leftovers.

Recipe Notes

A recipe for German potato salad made with potatoes, eggs, bacon, onion, vinegar, mayonnaise, and mustard.

Recipe Rating

Kathy Hellyer

Friday 11th of July 2014

I make the absolute best potato salad. My mom's recipe.


Saturday 12th of July 2014

Please send me the recipe Kathy (my email is on the about page). I like to try all kinds of potato salad.

Zack "Danger" Brown

Tuesday 8th of July 2014

You should check out my awesome kickstarter for potato salad. I probably owe you some of my internet money, since I stole your potato salad picture for my own use.

It's going to make me MILLIONS OF DOLLARS! I may be stealing your receipe too, but you won't care.

You should sue me.

Bill Brikiatis

Thursday 21st of June 2012

I think it's a great idea to have an event like this to celebrate your family heritage. I was surprised that fish would be included with German Potato salad. Would that be pickled fish? My heritage would be Greek and we still make roast lamb with potatoes frequently. Most of the other recipes have been lost.


Thursday 21st of June 2012

Yes, I believe my mom said my Oma would add pickled herring or some other typed of fish or pickled fish.

Kim Bee

Saturday 9th of June 2012

I love recipes like this. It's so cool to see our history linked to what we eat. Some of my best memories revolve around food. Great photo of your Oma!


Monday 11th of June 2012

Thanks Kim!

Lane @ Supper for a Steal

Wednesday 6th of June 2012

I love a good potato salad. Great job hosting this week!!


Thursday 7th of June 2012

Thanks Lane!