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You’re-Bacon-Me-Crazy Potato Salad

It isn't a summer cookout without potato salad, but the stuff from the deli just isn't our thing. I toyed with many recipes until I developed this one. Now if I even mention grilling or barbecuing, it's my family's top request for a side. —Paul Cogswell, League City, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 2-1/2 pounds small red potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 pound bacon strips, finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon or yellow mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed


  • Place potatoes in a 6-qt. stockpot; add water to cover. Add salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, until potatoes are tender, 12-15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels; reserve 4 tablespoons bacon drippings. Cook and stir onion in reserved drippings until browned, 6-8 minutes.
  • Reserve 1/4 cup cooked bacon for topping. Add onion, drippings, celery and remaining bacon to potatoes.
  • In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, mustard and seasonings. Pour over potato mixture; toss to coat. Refrigerate, covered, until chilled, 1 hour. Just before serving, sprinkle with reserved bacon.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 424 calories, 36g fat (7g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 1147mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • Judie
    Feb 25, 2020

    This was so wonderful I am taking the time to review this recipe. I made a fourth recipe for 2. My husband loved it, as did I. I LOVE potato salads and test different recipes frequently. This is among the best. Good to make when one is out of eggs. This goes together very quickly. Thanks for sharing. I'll make this again.

  • Chuck
    May 4, 2019

    Great recipe for potato salad. I have to admit, I almost didn't try it. I like my own potato salad the best, but decided to give yours a go. I'm glad I did. Made it just as you wrote it and it is perfect. Thanks Paul.

  • Kathy
    Dec 4, 2017

    Forgot to mention I added several chopped boiled eggs.

  • Kathy
    Dec 4, 2017

    Best ever potato salad!!!!!