Slow-Cooker German Potato Salad

Slow-Cooker German Potato Salad

5 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2014

This vinegary German-style potato salad recipe is a lighter alternative to typical mayonnaise-based potato salad. And, instead of boiling, the potatoes are simmered in the slow cooker. This healthy slow-cooker potato salad recipe tastes great when served warm or at room temperature. Fingerling potatoes make it especially pretty, but any type of yellow-flesh potato cut into 1-inch pieces will work.

Ingredients 16 servings

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  • 4 slices bacon
  • ⅓ cup cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 3 pounds fingerling potatoes, halved lengthwise (or quartered, if large)
  • 2 cups sliced celery
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh dill


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  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, turning occasionally, until crispy, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to cool, reserving the drippings. Crumble the cooled bacon and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Discard all but 2 tablespoons of the drippings. Off the heat, add vinegar to the pan. When it stops steaming, scrape up any browned bits. Whisk mustard and flour in a small bowl; add the vinegar mixture and whisk until combined. Whisk in salt and pepper.
  3. Combine potatoes, celery, onion and the dressing in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker; stir until the vegetables are well coated. Cover and cook on Low for 5 hours.
  4. To serve, stir in dill and the bacon.
  • Equipment: 5- to 6-quart slow cooker
  • For easy cleanup, try a slow-cooker liner. These heat-resistant, disposable liners fit neatly inside the insert and help prevent food from sticking to the bottom and sides of your slow cooker.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ½ cup
  • Per serving: 91 calories; 1 g fat(0 g sat); 1 g fiber; 17 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 22 mcg folate; 2 mg cholesterol; 1 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 69 IU vitamin A; 6 mg vitamin C; 19 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 172 mg sodium; 415 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1 starch

Reviews 5

September 07, 2015
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By: Roger Beshears
German Style Potato salad A keeper, just a bit of tweeking for my own taste Pros: Easy, pretty light, worked well as a side for beef dish; Wife loved them Cons: A little sharp tasting for me. may cut back on the vinegar a bit next time
July 24, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Potatoes never softened up I followed recipe as stated but couldn't find fingerling potatoes so used Yukon Gold instead. Maybe this was my problem but after 7 hours they were still as hard as a rock. When I Googled why aren't my potatoes cooking I found an answer that said that potatoes will never soften up when cooked in an acidic solution. So I guess it's because of the vinegar that they stayed hard. Wondering if everyone else who liked this recipe was ok with them being hard or if it was a difference between fingerling and Yukon gold that caused the problem.
May 07, 2014
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By: kimberlybethbryant
Tasty Potato Salad! I added more cooking time (on low and extra hour and half) and the potatoes were soft and the sauce was thicker and it tasted much better than at the 5 hour mark (I cooked it for 6 and a half hours). The extra cooking time also gave the onions more of a cabbage texture/taste which is nice. I also omitted the bacon and bacon fat as we like to eat a little healthier. I used two table spoons of extra virgin olive oil instead of the bacon fat. I also added many more spices while cooking, such as caraway seeds, more dill, parsley, garlic, more black pepper, paprika, and chipotle pepper. Pros: It was easy to make and very tasty! Cons: Bacon and Bacon fat -- I omitted both!
May 07, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
YUM! Followed the recipe exactly and it turned out really tasty. Next time I will add a little more vinegar for some extra tang. Pros: Easy prep, minimal ingredients, makes the house smell wonderful all day
April 28, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Great side dish! This was a really flavorful German potato salad recipe, and it was easy to prepare. Smelled great cooking in the crock pot all day, too! We got about 10 servings out of this (instead of the 16 listed) - 1/2 cup serving is a little too small for us! Made as directed, and it turned out great! Pros: Mostly hands-free recipe Cons: Very small serving size (1/2 cup - really?)
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