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Bacon Potato Salad Recipe

"My family requests this potato salad whenever we go on picnics. It’s a well-seasoned salad that gets a slight smoky flavor from the addition of bacon," says Charlotte McDaniel of Williamsville, Illinois.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min. + chilling YIELD:8 servings


  • 2-1/4 pounds red potatoes (about 8 medium)
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup mayonnaise


  • 1. Place potatoes in a Dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 20-25 minutes or until tender.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon to paper towels. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings.
  • 3. Drain potatoes. When cool enough to handle, peel and cut into cubes. Place in a large bowl. Add the onion, vinegar, celery seed, salt, pepper, bacon and reserved drippings; toss gently. Cool to room temperature. Fold in mayonnaise. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 355 calories, 27 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 529 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 6 g protein.

Reviews for Bacon Potato Salad

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Reviewed May. 31, 2015

"This was yummy! Took the advice of other reviewers and added some chopped celery instead of the celery seed, as well some chopped hard boiled eggs and some dijon mustard. Very delicious!"

Reviewed May. 26, 2014

"Everyone loved it and asked for the recipe"

Reviewed Apr. 21, 2014

"everyone loved it! I cooked potatoes the night before and did not bother peeling the potatoes."

Reviewed May. 27, 2013

"very good...I am making it again Memorial Day 2013."

Reviewed Aug. 15, 2011

"I'm not a big potato salad fan but my husband and I both love this. I add celery for some crunch but other than that my husband says "Don't change anything.""

Reviewed Jul. 15, 2011

"It is simple and tasty. It is now my favorite potato salad recipe."

Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"I made this and I believe it is my husband and my favorite potato salad. I did add hard boiled eggs though. It was very good. Thanks for sharing"

Reviewed Jul. 3, 2011

"If you're not into egg-style potato salads, this is great!"

Reviewed Jun. 30, 2011

"This is now my go-to favorite potatoe salad recipe. I always thought making potatoe salad was too time consuming, but not this one. When I cooked the potatoes and took them out of the water, they fell apart. I did not attempt to peel them and just smashed them up. So I kind of made smashed potatoe salad! Yum"

Reviewed Jun. 29, 2011

"The flavor was a little bland. I did use sour cream instead of mayo for about 1/3 of the dressing. About a teas. of dill weed and additional salt helped. Next time I will add chopped celery."

Reviewed Jun. 22, 2011

"Very good and very easy! Definite repeat!"

Reviewed May. 22, 2011

"I've found my go-to potato salad recipe with this one. Used double-smoked bacon, a couple of hard-boiled eggs, and added some celery. No leftovers!"

Reviewed Sep. 11, 2010

"A couple months ago I tried this recipe and it has now become my signature potato salad. Everywhere I take it, it receives rave reviews and I rarely go home with any! The key is to get the ingredients (except for the mayo) tossed together with the potatoes while they are still hot. Simple recipe, awesome taste! Oh, and it also works fine to use turkey bacon, even without the drippings."

Reviewed Aug. 3, 2010

"not only would i make this again but i have made it three times already it is great if you can peel a potatoe you can make this thanks TOH"

Reviewed May. 6, 2010

" Eggs and Dijon, for sure.

Reviewed May. 6, 2010

"I add celery, Dijon mustard and hard boiled eggs. Very Good"

Reviewed Jul. 1, 2009

"This potato salad is awesome! My husband does not like potato salad, but he loves this one.

Kim Agedal - LaFayette, NY"

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