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Bacon Potato Salad

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It’s finally warming up around here and that means summer is on it’s way. What does every barbecue, picnic, or potluck need? Bacon Potato Salad of course!! If you answered Potato Salad, you are half correct. My version takes traditional potato salad to a whole new level. Believe it or not, it is even Princess Cassi approved, and she hates bacon!!

This Bacon Potato Salad is guaranteed to become your family's new favorite side dish! cookingwithcurls.com

A crazy thing happened while Princess Cassi was in Europe, she was forced to eat a variety of different foods. I tried to get her to try things like fish, Mexican food, bacon, but nooooooo, she didn’t like it. Somehow these “moms” in Belgium were able to force convince her to broaden her horizons and give peace a chance. Wait, that last part is not quite right. 😉

She actually asked me to make this Bacon Potato Salad for a barbecue after she got home last summer. Everything was going great, until she saw “how” I make this potato salad. I’ll explain later, I don’t want anyone running away in horror!

How to make Bacon Potato Salad:

I start by boiling my potatoes and eggs together until the potatoes are fork tender…..

Bacon Potato Salad boil cookingwithcurls.com

While the potatoes and eggs are cooking, I cook my bacon to crispy, but not crunchy…..

Bacon Potato Salad bacon pan cookingwithcurls.com

In case you’re wondering, 425 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes depending on thickness of your bacon. 😉  Drain your potatoes and eggs…..

Bacon Potato Salad drain cookingwithcurls.com

then set them aside to cool. Trust me, you do not want to try and cut hot potatoes…it hurts! Drain bacon on paper towels, and reserve the bacon grease for later…..

Bacon Potato Salad bacon grease cookingwithcurls.com

Don’t give me that look, just do it! This is the secret ingredient that makes it so delicious. Dice the potatoes and eggs…..

Bacon Potato Salad diced potatoes cookingwithcurls.com

In a large bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, mustard, and 2 Tablespoons of the reserved grease/fat, whatever you want to call it. If you are higher than a kite a walking zombie while taking Sudafed,  go ahead and mix everything together all at once…..

Bacon Potato Salad mayo cookingwithcurls.com

I probably should not be allowed to play with sharp knives right now. 😉  Either way, your Bacon Potato Salad will end up looking like this…..

Bacon Potato Salad mix cookingwithcurls.com

Cover and chill until ready to serve…..

This delicious Bacon Potato Salad is the perfect side dish cookingwithcurls.com


Short on time, check out my Instant Pot Bacon Potato Salad! Same great taste, just a different way to cook the ingredients. 🙂

This Instant Pot Bacon Potato Salad will be a hit at all of this summer's potlucks and barbecues | cookingwithcurls.com

Both versions of Bacon Potato Salad are Paleo and Whole30 compliant when you use Whole30 Mayonnaise, mustard and Whole30 bacon. 🙂

Here are a couple more salads that would be perfect at your next picnic or BBQ:


This Bacon Potato Salad is guaranteed to become your family's new favorite side dish! cookingwithcurls.com

Bacon Potato Salad

No picnic or pot luck would be complete without this delicious Bacon Potato Salad on the table!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: potato, salad, bacon, recipe, potluck, picnic, side dish
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 338kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 1 ½ pounds small red or gold potatoes, skin on (boiled and quartered)
  • 2 large eggs (hard boiled - diced)
  • 5 slices uncured bacon (cooked and chopped, reserve grease*)
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon country-style Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons reserved bacon grease
  • 3 green onions (chopped)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh Italian parsley (chopped)
  • black pepper (to taste)


  • Boil eggs and potatoes until potatoes are fork tender. Drain and set aside to cool.
  • Cook bacon until crispy. Drain on a paper towel. Chop or crumble and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, mustard, and reserved bacon grease.
  • Cut the potatoes into quarters, dice the eggs, and add to the bowl. Add the green onions, Italian parsley, and black pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Cover and chill until ready to serve.


To make Whole30 & Paleo compliant:
Use compliant mayonnaise, bacon, and mustard.


Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 311mg | Potassium: 544mg | Fiber: 3g | Vitamin A: 220IU | Vitamin C: 14.9mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 4.2mg

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  1. Holy crap. I came over here to make your sweet potato fries, and I saw this when your site opened up. This is so, so similar to the tater salad I make, but I’ve always felt mine was missing just a little bit of something… It must be the bacon grease and the dijon! The only other thing I do much differently is I roast the potatoes instead of boiling. I’m definitely trying it this way next time! YUM!


    (Now I’m off to make the SW sweet potato fries. 🙂 )

    1. Ah ha, my evil plot is working. 😉 I have never tried roasting the potatoes, I might have to give that a try next time. You definitely want to add the bacon grease and dijon, Andi. It makes all the difference in the world, well at least my world!

  2. I wasn’t a fan of potato salad growing up, but now, I love it! This sounds delish – and I actually love that you added a bit of the bacon grease back into the salad! It’s like liquid gold in my book! I am super excited for the giveaway!! yay!!

  3. Whoa, this potato salad looks awesome, Lisa! Bacon does take potato salad to a whole better level. Once you go bacon, you can’t go back, right!?
    Pinning this and sharing on FB. Have a great week, Lisa!

  4. I’ve been craving potato salad lately and this looks like just the recipe with that bacon! The bacon grease adds so much flavor…why use oil? haha Seriously, this looks like good stuff! Pinning. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Marcie. I will find an excuse to put bacon in just about anything! 😉 I have chickened out of putting it in chocolate chip cookies, but you just never know!

  5. Wow does this look amazing and it’s a great summertime recipe. I found you over at the Cast Party Wednesday link party. Have a wonderful day!!

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