Warm Bacon Potato Salad

A couple of years ago, my husband, Scott, asked me to make a potato salad. He’s not a man who asks very often for something so specific, 95% of his requests center around the one-syllable, “meat” so I took his request pretty seriously.

I’ve always considered potato salad one of those “filler sides” that come with your lunch order at a deli – it’s cheap, easy to make and generally all taste the same. The gloppy, mayo-heavy version that comes in a plastic tub is nothing to brag about, nothing to complain about, it’s just there next to your sandwich.

So I set out to make a version of potato salad that would be show-stopping memorable and that I actually couldΒ brag about. The first step was to do away with boiled potatoes, which have very little taste (except when mashed with loads of butter and drenched in gravy — but that’s an entirely different recipe), and instead roast them, which gave them a deeper, nuttier taste and a crisp-brown crust on the sides.

I definitely wanted to pair them with loads of warm chopped bacon, this was going to be a potato salad served warm with salty bacon that had just come from the skillet.

Instead of mayonnaise, I went lighter and made a tangy vinaigrette out of red wine vinegar, mustard and the bacon drippings. Toss it all together at the last minute, right before serving.

Bingo! It was all sorts of perfect, my husband had thirds of the warm potato salad and nearly forgot about the “meat” on his plate. So much for the salad being merely a side, it’s been one of my most requested dishes by my family and friends. You know you’ve got a winner when people rotate their dinner plates so that the warm potato salad stands closest, right in front.

Warm Bacon Potato Salad Ingredients

Here’s what you will need for the salad:


How to make Warm Bacon Potato Salad

Toss the potatoes with olive oil then spread them onto a baking sheet, making sure they are all in one layer. Then roast, in the oven, for about 25 minutes.

When done, the potatoes should be golden brown and a fork or knife will be able to pierce them easily.

Over medium heat, add bacon and cook for about 2 minutes. Then, add in the garlic and red onion.

Saute for another few minutes until the bacon is nice and crisp.

Now, make the vinaigrette. Whisk together the vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper, and then add the bacon, onions and garlic, including all the drippings. Toss the vinaigrette with the roasted potatoes and a few green onions and serve warm.


Warm Bacon Potato Salad

Servings: serves 4-6 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes


2 pounds red potatoes, quartered
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces bacon, cut into 1" pieces
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon grainy mustard
salt and pepper
1 stalk green onion, chopped


1. Preheat the oven to 375F. On a baking sheet, toss the potatoes with the olive oil. Roast for 25 minutes or until tip of knife pierces potato easily.
2. Heat a skillet on medium heat. Add the bacon and cook for 2 minutes. Then add in the garlic and the red onion. Saute for an additional 3 minutes until the bacon is crisp.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the red wine vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Stir in the bacon, garlic and onions, including all of the bacon drippings. Add in the roasted potatoes and the green onions. Toss gently and serve immediately.

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Comments 52

  1. Lindsay Lehfeld

    Oh my goodness, this looks out of this world DELICIOUS! I always love making salads with bacon, and this is going to the top of my list to try. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kim in MD

    OMG, Jaden…this has my name written all over it! πŸ™‚ I have never been a fan of potato salads with mayo. I make a grilled potato salad with Southwest flavors (chipotles in adobo, cilantro and vinaigrette) that I just love, but your potato salad with bacon? HEAVEN! I am going to make this on Saturday. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Linda Szymoniak

    Looks like a nice alternative to German Potato Salad. I’ll definitely be trying this one!

  4. Elizabeth @Mango_Queen

    Oh Jaden, I love potato salad this way! Warm and filling. As an Asian, I’ve always had sides that were “warm”, whether a soup or vegetable. This is perfect for the colder days of fall. Thanks for sharing! Have fun in TN ! Wish I were closer!

  5. Vickie from Middletown, DE

    Oh wow! This is going to be a new family favorite. Served at brunch with a quiche and you’ve got a great new twist on eggs, bacon & hash browns. Quite a clever recipe!

  6. Nycole

    I make something similar but I add crumbled blue cheese to the hot potatoes which creates a tangy creaminess.

  7. Chris

    Saving this one to try right now. I have a warm bacon/honey vinaigrette that we love for green salads but I never through about using it like this. Excellent idea.

    It was a pleasure meeting you and Scott this weekend. You guys (the whole team) inspired and educated me. Thanks!

  8. Debbie

    we had this for dinner. it’s sooooooooo good!!! I used the lower sodium bacon and I drained all the fat. Thank you!

  9. joey

    Oh! I actually love potato salad…well, mostly because I love potatoes. This looks beyond divine!! Potato salad plus bacon…plus roasted potatoes not boiled! Give me a big bowl of this an a spoon please πŸ™‚

  10. zipcarissa

    This looks great! I do not really like potato salads with lots of mayonnaise, so this is definitely a recipe I am going to try!

  11. Ali

    Wow!! the potatoes look so good. so simple to make and so comforting and delicious it turned out. I’ll definitely make the potato salad fr my family come this sunday.

  12. Taylor

    we love german potato salad at my house, but never use roasted potatoes, seems like a great idea.

  13. Michelle

    If you have any left over could you just eat it cold or warm it back up?
    I like that it doesn’t have mayonaise. My regular potato salad recipe has mayo and I have been looking for one that doesn’t that sounds really good. This is it πŸ™‚

  14. Mikael

    Hello Jaden!This recepie looks so delicious and i think it will be perfect for our son,he dosen`t normally like potatoes,so i will give this one a try!and btw i really like your photos!

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  16. QlinArt

    Who doesn’t like potatoes? Not anyone I know! Looks amazing. They’re amazing side dishes and so gratifying. Question, do you actually remember all if your recipes? Been a reader of your blog since you started back in 2007 since we both focused mainly on Asian cuisine, I see you’ve evolved immensely, and so have I! Great to see what life has in store for us. Feel free to take a peek at some of my recipes if you have a moment. I would live to chat with you about your culinary journey from blog to TV appearances and more! Would you grant me an interview? πŸ˜€

  17. cooking&eating lover

    I’ve tried this. And it was so easy! Instead of the stated vinaigrette, I have used balsamic vinegar, and it tasted great!
    More easy recipes please!

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  22. Mary

    I had this exact same thought in mind so went searching for a “warm potato salad with bacon” recipe. You’ve convinced me it’s the perfect thing to add to my Easter brunch. Thanks!

  23. Kayla

    I just made this and I have to say- it was amazing! It’s a huge hit with the family, even my 3 year old niece LOVES it! And she doesn’t ever eat anything other than pp&j!!

  24. Tricia

    Can’t wait to try this. I used to get hot potato salad in Germany and this looks so close.

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  27. Emma

    Totally delicious! We had this with simple baked salmon and steamed broccoli and it was totally up to being the star of the show. Good work!!

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