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Summer of Salads: German Potato Salad
Summer of Salads: German Potato Salad

One of the reasons I look forward to Summer is the remarkable seasonal fare that comes along with the warm weather, from barbecue to ceviche to tropical Popsicles and everything in between. Since Party and I have had such a blast putting together Summer recipes (we instated an ice cream sandwich series in years past), we've decided to bring you a brand new series: Summer of salads.

From a crunchy classic Caesar to a Calabrian tuna panzanella, this season is sure to be all about refreshing salads that will keep you going even when the mercury rises. Traditional German potato salad is one of my favorites. Since it's made with a vinegar-based sauce, it's not as creamy as American potato salad, but what it lacks in creaminess it more than makes up for in tang from the vinegar and smokiness from bacon bits. It also stands up to the heat better than classic potato salad. To make this for a Summer grillout or picnic,

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German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad

Ingredients

  1. 3 pounds new potatoes
  2. 1 yellow onion, quartered
  3. 1/2 pound bacon, diced
  4. 1 large red onion, diced
  5. 3/4 cup cider vinegar
  6. 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  7. 1/4 cup canola oil
  8. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  9. 8 green onions, thinly sliced
  10. 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions

  1. Place potatoes in a large pot with the onion and cover with cold water. Cook on high until tender. Drain, discard the onion, and cut the potatoes into cubes when cool enough to handle. Place the potatoes in a large bowl and cover to keep warm.
  2. In a large sauté pan, add the bacon and cook until crisp. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper-towel-lined plate. Add the onions to the rendered bacon fat and cook until soft, about 3 to 4 minutes. Carefully add the vinegar and mustard seeds and cook for 2 more minutes. Whisk in the canola oil and season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the hot dressing and the bacon pieces to the potatoes and toss gently to coat. Fold in the green onions and parsley. Season again with salt and pepper, to taste.

Serves 8 as a side dish.

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Comments
Calster
Calster
I made this for a barbecue last night--it was delicious! I used Yukon Gold instead of new potatoes because I have a giant bag of them, and the new potatoes definitely would have held up better, but the flavors were still perfect. Thanks for sharing!
CoconutPie
CoconutPie
I've been looking for a German potato salad recipe. This sounds perfect! I'm bookmarking it.
x3Lorelei
x3Lorelei
I'm lucky to get to eat the best German potato salad, b/c I'm German! It's not quite like this though.
Food
Food
pharm_chick, that is a great idea!
bluebellknoll
bluebellknoll
This is good stuff.
pharm_chick
pharm_chick
maybe ill try this with turkey bacon! it looks yummy!
Spectra
Spectra
I make a really good German potato salad that's similar to this, but I use the really thick-cut hunks of bacon that render down into cubes/hunks. It adds a nice texture to the salad. I don't usually use mustard seeds in mine, but I might just start doing that!
nancita
nancita
I am not a fan of creamy potato salads, so I would love to make this. Thanks!
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