German Potato Salad With Pork Roast and Sauerkraut

Enjoy German Potato Salad with Pork Roast and Sauerkraut any time of year!
Enjoy German Potato Salad with Pork Roast and Sauerkraut
When we think of German food, we usually think of fall and Oktoberfest. But German food is perfectly delicious year 'round and is a great choice for summer, too, especially with this German Potato Salad recipe that's made in the microwave.

A friend of the family gave me this recipe many years ago. It's quite simple and very tasty, and authentic enough to please my ethnic food-loving husband. Add sauerkraut and brats on a bun or smoked sausage and you have a flavorful meal that will satisfy any hearty appetite.

German Potato Salad goes great with pork roast and sauerkraut, one of our favorite dishes. I use the slow cooker for that so, once again, the kitchen doesn't get too hot. I've included a simple pork roast recipe below.

What Makes Potato Salad "German"? 

Short answer, it's warm and it has a slightly sour vinaigrette dressing. And it contains bacon. According to this Wikipedia article, what we think of as German potato salad is generally served in southern Germany, while potato salad served in northern Germany more closely resembles our traditional, creamy American potato salad.

Here's the recipe:

German Potato Salad in the Microwave 


2 medium potatoes
6 slices bacon
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp sugar (or a little less)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup vinegar
1 tsp celery seed

Pierce, then "bake" potatoes in the microwave until just done (about 8 minutes). Cool slightly, peel, and slice.

Cut bacon in small pieces. Cook in glass dish for 5 minutes on high. Stir halfway through cooking time. Stir in onion. Cook for 2 minutes on high.

Stir in flour, sugar, and salt. Mix thoroughly. Slowly stir in vinegar. Cook in microwave for 3 minutes. Stir every minute.

Stir in potatoes and celery seed. Toss lightly and serve.

TIP: While the potatoes "bake" in the microwave, cut up the bacon, chop the onion, and measure out the other ingredients to have ready as the recipe cooks up quickly.

German potato salad is great served with bratwurst or other German-style sausage. We love it with pork roast (recipe below). Add sauerkraut to the menu for an Oktoberfest treat any time of year!

Bonus Recipe: Slow-Cooker Pork Roast and Sauerkraut 

Choose a lean sirloin pork roast (very economical and perfect for the Crockpot). Place in slow cooker. Top with 1 to 2 cans sauerkraut. Cook until done, 3-4 hours on high, 4-6 hours on low. Slice or "pull" the pork. Serve with German Potato Salad on the side.


  1. Oh WOW! I'm bookmarking this, as before this recipe German Potato Salad for me was so labor intensive I didn't attempt it often. This sounds wonderful, simple and I can't wait to try it. Sharing this on Pinterest, G+, and FB.

    1. Thank you so much, Nancy! Just have all the ingredients ready before you start. It goes so fast, you stir in ingredients faster than you can prepare them! It really is a good recipe. Hope you enjoy it!

  2. Now that's what I call wonderful. You had me at the bacon!!

    1. LOL! It certainly wouldn't be the same without the bacon, Sam! Hope you give the recipe a try.

  3. Bacon in potato salad? That's a first for me but I know no one would complain about that addition!

    I like to use leftover potatoes for my potato salad.

    1. Oh yes, bacon! Definitely needed for German potato salad. I love the idea of using leftover (even planned leftover) potatoes in this. Great idea. Thanks, Brenda!

  4. I'm second generation German and Bohemian. Nothing better than pork roast, sauerkraut, and hot German potato salad. I wish I could make sauerkraut like my Bohemian grandmother. I ate sauerkraut for breakfast many times as a kid.

  5. Donna, that sounds like some good eating! We really like German food, too. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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