Get ready to experience the comforting flavors of a classic German dish with a twist. This German Style Potato Salad with Vinegar Dressing and Crispy Bacon is a crowd-pleasing side dish that will elevate any meal. The combination of tender potatoes, tangy vinegar dressing, and the irresistible crunch of crispy bacon creates a harmony of flavors and textures that will leave your taste buds craving more. Whether you're serving it at a BBQ, picnic, or family gathering, this homemade potato salad is sure to impress. Follow this easy-to-follow recipe to recreate this traditional German favorite in your own kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds (900g) potatoes (preferably waxy variety), peeled and cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked until crispy and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (plus more for garnish)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the potato cubes in a large pot and cover with water. Add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook the potatoes until tender when pierced with a fork, about 10-12 minutes. Drain the potatoes and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cooked and crumbled bacon, chopped red onion, and chopped parsley. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, olive oil, salt, and pepper until well combined.
  4. Pour the vinegar dressing over the warm potatoes and gently toss to coat. The warm potatoes will absorb the flavors of the dressing.
  5. Add the bacon, red onion, and parsley mixture to the dressed potatoes. Gently toss to combine all the ingredients.
  6. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.
  7. Allow the potato salad to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes to let the flavors meld together.
  8. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve the German Style Potato Salad either warm or at room temperature.

Tips

  • For added flavor, try using smoked bacon or adding a dash of smoked paprika to the dressing.
  • You can customize the salad by adding diced pickles, chopped chives, or a spoonful of whole grain mustard.
  • If you prefer a creamier potato salad, mix in a few tablespoons of mayonnaise or sour cream.

Variations

  • Add some tangy-sweetness by tossing in a handful of sliced radishes or diced apples.
  • For a vegetarian version, omit the bacon and add roasted sunflower seeds or toasted almonds for a crunchy element.

Conclusion

Delight your taste buds with the irresistible combination of flavors in this German Style Potato Salad with Vinegar Dressing and Crispy Bacon. The tender potatoes, tangy vinegar dressing, and smoky bacon create a harmonious balance that will elevate any meal. Whether you're serving it at a BBQ, picnic, or alongside a hearty main course, this homemade potato salad is sure to be a hit. Customize it with your favorite additions and savor each forkful of

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