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Quick Bacon Potato Salad Recipe

Quick Bacon Potato Salad Recipe

My family was tired of the same old potato salad at family functions, so I created this with the ingredients I had on hand. Now I'm always asked to bring it to potluck gatherings. —Tami Gallagher, Eagan, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:8 servings


  • 4 cups cubed red potatoes
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 7 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1/3 cups mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons prepared ranch salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 4 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, onion, bacon and parsley. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Pour over potato mixture; toss to coat. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until chilled. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 398 calories, 35g fat (6g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 524mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

Reviews for Quick Bacon Potato Salad

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sherrylzinke User ID: 8487996 237904
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2015


Violal User ID: 8543751 233050
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2015

"Just the way recipe said."

summyb User ID: 3917798 229594
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2015

"My friends and I absolutely loved this. When I read other reviews about too much mustard, I was careful to use only one tablespoon at first, but when I tasted it I definitely wanted the extra tablespoon. Delicious. I kind of missed the hard boiled eggs that are in a lot of potato salads, and will probably put those in next time. For me, the dressing amount was just right, and super creamy and delicious."

75Sally User ID: 8021903 228257
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2015

"I do not like traditional potato salad but I prepared this for a lobster supper for friends and family. It was a hit. And enjoyed by all. Will definitely do it again."

CYNTN37043 User ID: 4982896 122557
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2014

"This is delicious and a nice change from ordinary potato salad. This salad has been a hit at several potluck dinners."

dalajohnson User ID: 824065 163411
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2014

"very good, however i took out the vinegar and added balsamic dressing"

Shelbysmom User ID: 7875766 98108
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2014

"I made this for our 4th of July family party and it was a big hit. I followed other reviewer tips and used half mayo, half sour cream and lightened up on the vinegar and mustard. I think next time I will follow the recipe on the mustard and vinegar as I think the extra zip would be good. This was great though and will be my new go to potato salad recipe."

Amy the Midwife User ID: 2816815 183759
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2014

"I used half mayo and half sour cream for a more creamy dressing. I also used a bit less mustard, but it still seemed to be a bit acidic, so I added a little more sour cream."

lgrl8 User ID: 6067409 143801
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2014

"I used halved new potatoes and cut the mustard to 1 tablespoon...delicious!"

novelist User ID: 2731704 143800
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2014

"Tried this recipe for the first time today, and it is delicious. I was concerned that there was too much mayonnaise, but once it was chilled, the consistency was perfect. I love the tangy flavor the mayo mixture has after being combined with both the ranch dressing and mustard. I'll be making this again."

klehman05 User ID: 7659402 182050
Reviewed May. 30, 2014

"Delicious! Was a big hit at our family get together, will definitley be making this again soon"

NoodleNel User ID: 6393598 167618
Reviewed May. 4, 2014

"My daughter loves potato salad so I made it for 4th of July last year and she had two large helpings that night with our cookout dinner and then another helping for a snack later that night and more the next day. The family all loved it. It was so fresh and great combination of flavors. I have made it several more times for when we have hamburgers for dinner."

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 122519
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

"Turned out great. Not overly mayonnaise y."

millergirlie92 User ID: 5877888 165464
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2014

"Made this recipe for a BBQ and everyone loved it! Its the best i have ever made. You know its good when your mother in law asks for the recipe!"

druss User ID: 7375864 182037
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2013

"Great recipe. I added 2 hard boiled eggs, celery to give it a crunch, and I used half the amount of mayo (used miracle whip). Absolutely delicious though."

ddyoungdd User ID: 2915124 143795
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2013

"been making potato salad for over 50 years. this is the BEST recipe i have ever made. the only suggestion is make a few extra potatoes and add accordinly if too creamly"

germanycook User ID: 6411056 163410
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2013

"Forgot to add that I used apple cider vinegar, which made the dressing not so tart."

germanycook User ID: 6411056 122453
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2013

"Made this last night, and I was glad for other reviewers comments! Made the dressing with less mustard and vinegar, but I thought the amount of mayonnaise was all right because I added more potatoes, probably 5-6 cups. Then chilled the potatoes and dressing separately, this let the potatoes firm up and be able to be tossed without going mushy, and the dressing didn't absorb into the potatoes - it just coated them properly. There was no flavour sacrifice either, just let the whole thing chill again for an hour before serving. Such an awesome salad!"

lmostrom User ID: 1145192 210682
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2012

"This is absolutely AMAZING!!! I would definitely make this again!!"

Baseballmom024 User ID: 1519508 113889
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2012

"This recipe was awesome! I made it to take to the neighbors for a BBQ, everyone loved it!!! Made it two days in a row! Thank you!"

fha037 User ID: 4171817 179563
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2012

"Great potato salad but you can cut the sauce in half, especially if you double or more the potatoes."

KScales User ID: 3262967 113887
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2012

"I made this last weekend and thought it was very good. However, unless you like a really creamy potato salad, the mayonnaise could be cut back to 1 cup. I also thought the mustard was a bit high."

ilka896 User ID: 6549264 163387
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2012

"Mine came out a little too assertive on the taste. The vinegar was very strong next time I would say to use less."

tammyjones1967 User ID: 4313072 113883
Reviewed May. 29, 2012

"This was really easy and most importantly good. Everyone loved it!"

MizzesRae User ID: 6489493 180278
Reviewed May. 29, 2012

"I love a good potato salad and this one is Excellent!! Can't wait for my husband to try it but that means I have to share it!"

jbug827 User ID: 1013132 113829
Reviewed May. 20, 2012

"My whole family really enjoyed this! My kids don't usually eat potato salad and both had seconds of this. It definitely makes a lot of dressing; I could have done with less, but my husband insists it was perfect!"

DioneJ User ID: 6208049 181317
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2011

"Love it! What a great idea to add bacon to potato salad. My friends and I think this is delicious!"

Kkey49 User ID: 6188621 143793
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2011

"My future son-in-law made this for a family dinner this weekend and it was absolutely delicious! 5 stars for sure."

scrapo User ID: 2908723 143792
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2011

"Very Delicious! We think it tastes better after sitting for awhile in the fridge...either a few hours or overnight."

lollypoppy User ID: 5107159 181316
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2011

"Great salad I did add celery.yellow & green bell peppers also put in some sour cream and used honey mustard...this is a keeper thanks:)"

cookbookmom User ID: 807408 112530
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2010

"The flavors of this potato salad really mellow if left in the fridge overnight--otherwise I find the mustard and ranch a little strong and unblended. Otherwise, fabulous."

DawnSchultz1 User ID: 736709 112529
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2010

"This is wonderful! With the vinegar and bacon it has a German Potato Salad Flare. Will definitely make again! Thank you Tami!"

MrsB58 User ID: 4109292 183703
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2010

"Made this salad for a BBQ and everyone loved it. Will be making it again. Delicious."

angelsbelle User ID: 5331750 143791
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2010

"Wonderful and easy. Family loved this recipe."

only cook User ID: 5300111 113825
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2010

"My husband is a very Good cook but my son said this was better than his!!!"

twen1977 User ID: 4667789 165455
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2010

"This is one of the best potato salad recipes I have ever tried. The only thing I didn't like was the intense mustard taste so I halved the amount. It also makes a lot of dressing the way it is written so I also added some more potatoes to compensate. I have gotten rave reviews every time I have made it."

lightedway User ID: 4228023 180239
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2010

"I surely will be making this again. With plenty of herbs in my garden I substituted the onions for fresh chives. I refrigerated the potatoes after boiling to cool. When I put the salad together I combined all the ingredients except the potatoes. While the potatoes were still cold from the fridge I cut them and folded them into the bowl. I served it immediately and it was a huge hit. It still tasted great the next day however I thought it was better served immediately. It is very pretty as well."

sisterstella User ID: 1175344 122452
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2010

"Made for 4th of July and everyone raved how good the potato salad was....gladly make it again. Thanks Taste of Home"

shawnie11 User ID: 5089668 183702
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2010

"ive been making this for years, only difference i make, is i bake the potatoes ln micro wave"

TKCloughfam User ID: 3077254 112528
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2010

"This has got to be the most amazing Potato Salad Recipe I have ever tasted. This recipe makes you say YUM...It is a creamy salad so you could add more potatoes or cut back the mao. I have served this twice and people just say YUM.... thanks for sharing something different for this summer"

eva clifton User ID: 614144 113822
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2010

"I am putting this recipe in "My Family Recipes" ,I have been writing for the women

in our family. Simply delicious. Thank you
so much for sharing with us."

adj021 User ID: 2468597 182036
Reviewed May. 2, 2010

"My husband HATES potato salad but he liked this recipe. I think it tastes similar to deviled eggs, we devoured it."

Lopi User ID: 169672 182025
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2009

"This is the potato salad recipe I'll be serving from now on :-)"

sheilamaymartin User ID: 142821 167616
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2009

"My family loved this. I substituted bacon bits for the 7 bacon strips. I only used a cup of mayo and it still made way too much dressing for my taste. Next time I will halve the dressing ingredients."

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