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Creamy Potato Salad with Bacon

July 7, 2019 (Last Updated: August 18, 2022) by Chris Collins

This Creamy Potato Salad is made with Baby Potatoes and loaded with Bacon, Chives and Hard Boiled Egg. Potato Salads don’t come more irresistible than this!

overhead shot of bowl of potato salad with two silver forks resting on it

Baby Potato Salad

My go to potato to use in a potato salad is always the beautiful baby potato. I like to slice them up into 1/4″ rounds, just for something a little bit different. You could however just half, quarter or keep them whole. Just keep the skins on (extra flavour) and adjust the boiling times accordingly. You could also substitute any other waxy/starchy potato.

Boiled Potato Salad

In all cases you want to boil the potatoes until fork tender. My two top tips for boiling potatoes are:

  1. Salt – A heavy seasoning of salt in the water as they boil is essential. Whilst the dressing is nicely seasoned, this will merely be wrapping the potatoes. You want to season the potatoes themselves.
  2. Cold Water – To ensure the potatoes cook evenly, make sure you start with cold water and bring to a boil from there. If you pour boiling water straight in, the outsides are going to be overcooked before the centre is fork tender.

From there, you want to steam dry the spuds.

Do not rinse the potatoes! Allowing them to steam dry is essentially allowing moisture to escape the potatoes, which will leave them nice and fluffy. By rinsing them you’re merely adding un wanted moisture into the potatoes. Plus you’ll be washing away some of that starchy flavour.

 How to boil potatoes for a potato salad (quick summary)

  1. Slice them up into 1/4″ roundups.
  2. Pop them in cold water with a tsp of salt. Bring to boil for around 7-10mins or until fork tender.
  3. Drain in a colander and leave to completely steam dry.

How to boil potatoes for potato salad - 3 step by step photos

Creamy Potato Salad

For me, a potato salad ain’t a potato salad if it’s not wrapped in a creamy dressing. For the dressing I use mostly mayonnaise, with a dollop of sour cream just to sooth it out. Here’s the other essentials for the perfect potato salad:

  • Herbs – Here I use Parsley and Chives, both of which go perfectly with potatoes. I highly recommend using fresh herbs for a potato salad.
  • Hard Boiled Egg – When Egg Mayo and Potato Salad collides, beautiful things happen.
  • White Pepper – Gives a nice little bit of heat to the dressing.
  • Bacon – Do I even need to explain this!?
Ensure your potatoes are completely cool/room temp before you add the sauce. If the potatoes are still warm, they make the sauce go gloopy.

How to make a Potato Salad (quick summary)

  1. Add all of your dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Stir until evenly combined. Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  3. In a larger bowl, add your potato salad ingredients.
  4. Combine with dressing, then garnish with chives.

How to make potato salad - 4 step by step photos

Top Tip – Pop your potato salad in the fridge to allow the flavours to develop before serving. This will also give the potatoes chance to suck up some of that gorgeous sauce.

After another potato salad recipe? Check out my Warm Herbed Potato Salad and Cajun Potato Salad!

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this creamy potato salad shall we?!

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How to make Creamy Potato Salad with Bacon (Full Recipe & Video)

overhead shot of bowl of potato salad with two silver forks resting on it

Creamy Potato Salad with Bacon

This Creamy Potato Salad is made with Baby Potatoes and loaded with Bacon, Chives and Hard Boiled Egg. Potato Salads don't come more irresistible than this!!
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Servings (click & slide): 6 - 8 people
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Al Fresco Dining
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Resting: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Calories per serving: 451kcal
Cost per serving: £1.50 / $2

Equipment:

  • Large Pot & Colander (for boiling spuds)
  • Large Bowl (combining everything)
  • Small Bowl (for dressing)
  • Plastic Spatula or Spoon (for mixing)
  • Baking Tray or Pan & Tongs (for bacon)
  • Small Pot with Lid (for eggs)
  • Wire Rack (for dicing eggs - optional)
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board

Ingredients (check list):

  • 2lb / 1kg Baby Potatoes
  • 1/2lb / 250g Bacon
  • 3 Eggs,
  • 1 cup / 240g Full Fat Mayo
  • 1/4 cup / 60g Sour Cream
  • 1 heaped tbsp Fresh Chives, finely diced (plus extra to garnish)
  • 1 heaped tbsp Fresh Parsley, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 Lemon, juice only
  • 1/2 small Red Onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar, or to taste
  • 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp Salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp White Pepper, or to taste

Instructions:

  • Slice the potatoes into 1/4” rounds and place in a large pot of cold water with 1 tsp salt. Bring to a boil and cook for around 7-10mins or until fork tender. Don’t overcook them or they’ll turn to mush. Drain (don’t rinse) and leave to steam dry and completely cool to room temp (important!).
  • As the potatoes boil, cook the bacon using your preferred method and to your preferred texture. Leave to completely cool then dice. Hardboil the eggs using your preferred method, then peel and dice (or use the wire rack method shown in the video)
  • In a small bowl combine mayo, sour cream, dijon mustard, sugar, lemon juice, chives, parsley, white pepper and 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste).
  • In a larger bowl add the potatoes with the egg, bacon, red onion and sauce. Gently fold until completely coated.
  • I recommend popping it in the fridge in advance for the flavours to marry. Serve with an extra sprinkle of chives and enjoy!

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Hardboiled Eggs - I know everyone has their own method of hard-boiling eggs, but here's mine:
  • Add eggs to a pot and cover with cold water.
  • Bring to boil until the eggs start dancing, then immediately turn off the heat and pop the lid on.
  • Leave for exactly 10mins, then transfer eggs to a bowl of ice water (to stop the cooking process).
  • Once cool enough to handle, peel away the shell.
You can dice them once cool, or press them through a wire rack above the bowl as I do in the video.
b) Cooling - It's important to let your potatoes steam dry and definitely don't rinse them with cold water. I know it's tedious to wait for them to cool to room temp, but it ensures the excess heat from the potatoes doesn't warm the saucy and turn it greasy/gloopy. You'll also lose some flavour by rinsing them and they'll lose their fluffy interior.
c) Sugar Sub - Feel free to sub honey for sugar for a slightly different flavour dynamic. Goes nicely with the mustard in the dressing.
d) Salt - the 1st tsp in the water is a must (nothing worse than a bland potato, especially in a potato salad). The second 1/2 tsp just work to taste.
e) Calories - assuming 1.5 tsp salt and the whole thing divided by 8 people.

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Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Potato Salad with Bacon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 451 Calories from Fat 326
% Daily Value*
Fat 36.27g56%
Saturated Fat 4.696g23%
Trans Fat 0.052g
Polyunsaturated Fat 12.706g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.615g
Cholesterol 246mg82%
Sodium 672mg28%
Potassium 713mg20%
Carbohydrates 21.71g7%
Fiber 2.7g11%
Sugar 1.75g2%
Protein 9.88g20%
Vitamin A 600IU12%
Vitamin C 25.6mg31%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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28 Comments

  • Reply
    henry
    January 14, 2024 at 3:34 am

    I love this recipe and have made it many times over the years. Thank you.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      January 14, 2024 at 8:07 pm

      So great to hear, Henry! 🙂 C.

  • Reply
    Matt
    June 17, 2023 at 8:19 pm

    5 stars
    Made this today in preparation for tomorrow. I can already tell this will be a hit!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 18, 2023 at 9:57 am

      Hope it goes down well, Matt! 🙂 C.

  • Reply
    Leanne
    March 1, 2023 at 7:01 pm

    5 stars
    This is the best potato salad ever!! Definitely one for our bbq’s in the summer 🙂

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      March 2, 2023 at 10:28 am

      Ah that’s so great to hear! Thanks so much for the review 🙂 C.

  • Reply
    Tracey Bolton
    July 28, 2022 at 3:35 pm

    5 stars
    I made the creamy potato salad with bacon…
    It’s lovely …I will always make my potato salad like this from now on…10/10

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      July 28, 2022 at 6:43 pm

      So awesome to hear, Tracey! Thanks for the review 🙂 C.

  • Reply
    Tim
    September 20, 2021 at 2:44 am

    5 stars
    We made this for our son’s first birthday party, and it was the favorite dish. We used full-sized red potatoes and green onions instead of chives, and my wife (who actually made it) said that she would omit the egg yolks next time as she thought it took away a bit of the kick. (Personally, I liked it exactly as it was.) Great dish!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      September 20, 2021 at 1:46 pm

      Great to hear it went down well and happy belated birthday to your son! C.

  • Reply
    Steve S.
    September 6, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    Chris,

    I made this potato salad and it was very good. May I ask a question about a possible mismatch between the Ingredients and the Instructions, please. The Ingredients call for a lemon that is “finely diced” but the instructions say to add lemon “juice.” Can you clarify? (I used the juice of a half lemon, and it seemed to work well.) Thank you.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      September 6, 2021 at 6:13 pm

      Hi Steve, thanks for spotting that! You were right to only use the juice 🙂 Chris.

  • Reply
    Emilie masi
    August 22, 2021 at 3:09 am

    5 stars
    Trying this today looks delicious

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      August 25, 2021 at 12:06 pm

      Hope it goes down well 🙂

  • Reply
    Kelley Kershner
    May 31, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    5 stars
    Superb! I added some pickle juice and substituted spicy brown mustard and it’s got a little texas vinegar zig. Thanks a bunch for the tips!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 2, 2021 at 12:09 pm

      Sounds delish! I’ll have to give it a go with pickle juice & spicy brown mustard. Thanks for the review, Kelley! 🙂

  • Reply
    Callie Christensen
    July 3, 2020 at 11:13 pm

    5 stars
    I realize this was posted a while ago, and I never comment on anything, but I had to thank you for this recipe! It is AMAZING. I have been looking for the perfect potato salad for years and I am so excited that I finally found it! I just made it for our 4th of July barbecue tomorrow and I wanted to eat it all up today when I tasted it. And I haven’t even added the bacon yet! Haha! Seriously, so, so good!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      July 4, 2020 at 1:04 pm

      Oh that’s awesome to hear! Thanks so much for popping back and leaving a comment, I know you mentioned you never normally do 🙂 Have a fantastic 4th of July! Chris x

  • Reply
    Shivani Raja
    July 7, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    5 stars
    This looks delightfully creamy! I’m definitely team potato skins too 🙂

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      July 8, 2019 at 9:17 pm

      Team potato skin all the way! 🙂

  • Reply
    MARISA
    July 7, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    5 stars
    Where’s my heart eyes emoji when I need it?! This is amazingly creamy and delicious!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      July 8, 2019 at 9:17 pm

      Thanks Marisa 🙂

  • Reply
    Natalie
    July 7, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    5 stars
    Looks so delicious! I love potato salad! Such a great recipe for BBQ season ♥

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      July 8, 2019 at 9:17 pm

      Thanks Natalie 🙂

  • Reply
    Pam Greer
    July 7, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    5 stars
    Okay, I can’t believe I’ve never put bacon into potato salad! I should just always check your blog before I make anything and find out if it needs bacon 🙂

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      July 8, 2019 at 9:16 pm

      Hahah, love it!!!

  • Reply
    Jas @ All that's Jas
    July 7, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    5 stars
    Anything with potatoes, I’m in. This is the perfect salad for summer and I’m loving the addition of bacon. Makes everything better! 🙂

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      July 8, 2019 at 9:16 pm

      It sure does! 🙂

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