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Bacon Potato Salad

"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
  • 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


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

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  • chris
    Aug 15, 2019

    Delicious. I also added celery, Dijon and eggs. Loved the flavor of the bacon. My new favorite potato salad.

  • khershey
    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
    May 26, 2014

    Everyone loved it and asked for the recipe

  • Mimi Jane
    Apr 21, 2014

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

  • rodpauley
    May 27, 2013

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

  • BarbaraT5
    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
    Jul 15, 2011

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

  • dowbow
    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
    Jul 3, 2011

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

  • lenge
    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