Bacon Potato Salad Recipe

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"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.
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 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

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 355 calories, 27g fat (5g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 529mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.


  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.
Originally published as Bacon Potato Salad in Simple & Delicious May/June 2008, p46

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khershey User ID: 452857 227230
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!"

Karen23464 User ID: 5532000 110809
Reviewed May. 26, 2014

"Everyone loved it and asked for the recipe"

Mimi Jane User ID: 5655100 209510
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2014

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

rodpauley User ID: 4736000 139951
Reviewed May. 27, 2013

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

BarbaraT5 User ID: 6153752 172363
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.""

maqueli User ID: 6101030 155282
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2011

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

dowbow User ID: 5828468 139946
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"

BInzeo User ID: 6072687 158796
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2011

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

lenge User ID: 5933232 170888
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"

Holmescsh User ID: 2528368 110743
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."

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