Potato Salad with Bacon

Potato and Bacon Salad

Potato salad – one of the best dishes served at a BBQ or a family gathering. It’s so simple to make, but is always everyone’s favourite. This potato salad recipe takes very little time to prepare and is the perfect accompaniment to most Western dishes!

What is this potato and bacon salad:

Nowadays, there are so many varieties of potato salad recipes. Some recipes contain meat, some contain vinegar, and others have ingredients somewhere in between. However, it is believed that potato salad originated in Germany, and has evolved through globalisation.

How to make this potato salad with bacon dish:

Besides potatoes, the main ingredients in my potato salad includes mayonnaise and salad cream. Like many aspects of my multicultural lifestyle, I like using ingredients that are from different countries. My favourite mayonnaise to use is the Thomy mayonnaise – it’s a Swiss brand but it just beats all other English mayonnaise I’ve tried. The salad cream however is a Heinz brand that you unfortunately cannot buy in Switzerland. As far as I know, both products can be bought at Morrisons in the UK. But, any mayonnaise and salad cream brand will still do the trick.

Other ingredients in my potato salad recipe include bacon bits, onions and garlic. I’ve seen some recipes use uncooked red onions in their potato salad. I personally prefer using brown onion, but I do cook it with bacon bits and garlic before I add it to the potatoes. I also like adding chives or spring onions to the dish – but that’s just a personal preference and is not a necessity.

ingredients to make potato salad with bacon
All the ingredients needed to make this potato salad with Bacon recipe

Why you should try this potato salad recipe:

This potato salad is honestly like no other. It’s so simple to make and it really tastes amazing. I find it has been popular among children – it’s different to mash potatoes or fries, yet tastes just as good. 

It’s also the perfect side dish for almost any Western dish – and it’s perfect if you’re planning on hosting a BBQ anytime soon. 

What to serve with this potato salad with bacon dish:

As I said, potato salad is viewed as more a side dish than a main dish. You can use it to accompany meat dishes, such as chicken, pork, or sausages. It also tastes delicious accompanying baked salmon or even vegetables. 

How difficult is it to make this potato salad?

This dish is so easy to make! It will take you 25 minutes to boil and cook the potatoes, and in the meantime, you’ll be able to prepare, cook and drain the bacon, onions and garlic. You can have this dish ready on the table within 30 minutes if you prefer the potato salad warm. 

Is potato salad healthy?

This potato salad is not the healthiest side dish you can make. You can choose to put less salad cream or mayonnaise to the dish to make it slightly healthier. Alternatively, you could also add some boiled egg to the dish to substitute the mayonnaise. 

How to store potato salad:

You’ll want to let the potatoes cool slightly before adding the rest of the ingredients. To store, you can simple place the potato salad in an airtight container, or cover with cling film before placing it in the fridge. You can store the potato salad in the fridge for a maximum of 3-4 days.

Can potato salad be frozen? 

This potato salad recipe is best served fresh. If you choose to freeze this potato salad, the consistency of the salad could change.

Hints and Tips:

  • You want the potatoes to be nice and soft on the outside, but still hard enough so it doesn’t turn into mash when you mix in the rest of the ingredients. 

  • I’d recommend draining the bacon, onion and garlic mixture to remove any excess oil. 

  • You should let the cooked potatoes drain and cool for at least 10 minutes.

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Potato Salad with Bacon

Recipe by YvonneDifficulty: Easy


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  • 4-5 medium sized all-purpose potatoes

  • 200-300g bacon bits (or 4 bacon strips finely chopped)

  • 1 medium onion

  • 3 garlic cloves

  • 4-5 tbsp mayonnaise

  • 3-4 tbsp salad cream


  • Peel the potatoes and chop them into smaller cubes (around 2-3 cm).
  • Boil the potato cubes for 20-25 minutes or until soft.
  • Peel and chop the onion (around 1cm pieces).
  • Peel the garlic cloves and finely chop them into smaller pieces.
  • Drain the potatoes and let them cool for 20 minutes.
  • Fry the onion, bacon bits and garlic for around 3-5 minutes or until cooked. Drain the content to remove excess oil.
  • Once the potatoes are cool, place them in a large bowl. Add the bacon, onion and garlic to the bowl.
  • Add the mayonnaise and salad cream to the bowl and mix thoroughly. Add additional mayonnaise or salad cream if necessary. Enjoy 🙂

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