Whole 30-Compliant German Potato Salad with Red Potatoes

This Whole 30-compliant German potato salad is full of flavor and is very easy to make. I know many people rejoiced when potatoes were added to the Whole 30-approved foods list. I certainly did! Use Idaho® red potatoes such as Cal Red or Ida Rose, Whole 30-compliant bacon, and you will be all set to enjoy this hearty, warming salad.


  • 1½ pounds Idaho® red-skinned potatoes, scrubbed
  • 3 quarts water
  • 5 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 8 ounces Whole 30-compliant bacon
  • 6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, divided
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • 1½ tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fresh or freeze-dried garlic
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • ¼ cup flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped


  1. Place the potatoes in a pot with the water with 4½ teaspoons of salt.
  2. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are easily pierced all the way through, about 10-13 minutes depending on size.
  3. While the potatoes are cooking, chop the bacon into ½˝ pieces and cook over medium heat until crisp.
  4. Remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Strain the bacon fat and measure out ¼ cup, reserving the rest for another use.
  5. Drain potatoes. Holding each with tongs, or a heatproof glove, slice into ½” rounds. Return to the pot.
  6. Drizzle 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar over the potatoes and put the lid on to let them steam and absorb the vinegar
  7. In the skillet you cooked the bacon in, reheat the bacon fat over medium heat until hot.
  8. Stir in the onions and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  9. Add the mustard, garlic, the rest of the apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper. Cook for 2 more minutes.
  10. Remove the lid from the potatoes and pour the dressing over the top, using a spatula to gently stir and coat the potatoes. Let sit for 2 minutes to soak in.
  11. Stir in the chopped parsley and bacon.
  12. Serve immediately or let cool to room temperature.


Tips: Pouring some of the apple cider vinegar into the potatoes when they are still hot allows the vinegar to really soak in and flavor the potatoes all the way through.

There are now many different brands of bacon that are Whole 30-compliant, so check your labels and do a little research online.

Store leftovers in the refrigerator for 4 days. Reheat in the microwave or over medium heat on the stovetop.

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Yield: 4-6

Jenni Field
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