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momma's german potato salad

(3 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
melanie kenefsky
Castaic, CA

This dish was handed down by my great grandmother. I still make it for family and friends. At potlucks, I always get asked for the recipe. My family insists I make it for all holiday dinners but much to their chagrin I draw the line at Thanksgiving. Maybe as a surprise this year I will sneak it in. Hope you enjoy this as much as we do. It will leave your palate asking for more.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Melanie's potato salad is a cross between a traditional American recipe and a German potato salad. It's the best of both worlds! We love the flavor from the red onions and celery. The dressing is slightly sweet and tangy at the same there. Crisp bacon adds savoriness and flavor to the potato salad. This will be a very popular side dish at your next cookout.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(3 ratings)
yield 8 serving(s)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For momma's german potato salad

  • 6 lg
    or 12 small red skin potatoes, peeled (about a 3 lb bag)
  • 1 md
    red onion, chopped
  • 3 stick
    celery, chopped
  • 1
    capful white vinegar
  • 3/4 c
    mayonnaise (add more if too dry)
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    salt (add more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp
    pepper (add more to taste)
  • 1 lb
    bacon (fried crisp/cut up)

How To Make momma's german potato salad

Test Kitchen Tips
For us, we needed to add about 1/2 cup extra mayonnaise for the sauce to be creamy. Follow the instructions and adjust as needed.
  • Boiling cubed potatoes.
    Peel and cut potatoes into bite-size pieces. Boil until tender but not mushy (about 15 minutes depending on the size of chunks you cut).
  • Red onion and celery added to cooked potatoes.
    Drain potatoes and place in a mixing bowl. Mix in diced red onion and celery.
  • Mayo, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper added to the bowl.
    Add mayo, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  • Mixing ingredients together.
    Taste test to adjust spices. Add more mayo if it's too dry.
  • Stirring in crumbled bacon.
    Stir in crumbled bacon.
  • A small bowl of Momma's German Potato Salad.
    Put into a nice serving dish and sprinkle with paprika.