Best Ever Potato Salad

Potato salad falls into the same camp for me as egg salad. It’s a mayonnaise-based salad that I have long disliked because of how over the top mayonnaise-y it typically is. Until this recipe. It was a life changing experience and I neeeeeed to share it with you. This recipe comes from a friend’s grandmother and on the recipe card she gave me it is titled “Best Ever Potato Salad”. A bold statement and one that always gives me pause, but it is absolutely, 100% warranted in this case. First of all, I tend to trust old-school family recipes over others, second, the grandma was confident enough to call it the best, and lastly, it has a secret ingredient that takes it over the top. So I am totally comfortable in telling you that it is, indeed, the best ever.

The secret ingredient? Bacon drippings. Ahhhhhh.

Along with all of the great ingredients that give this salad a great depth of flavor and lots of texture, the dressing on this potato salad is what makes it insanely special. After frying up the bacon, you save a couple tablespoons of the bacon drippings and whisk in a modest amount of mayonnaise, some Dijon mustard, a bit of sugar and smidge of salt. It is ah-mazing. The flavor is robust, not terribly mayonnaise-y (huge bonus in my book), and a perfect accent to all of the flavors and textures in the salad.

I have served this to people who, like me, claim to hate potato salad because of how glumpy it can get with mayonnaise. I have also served it to people who claim that they only like their mom’s/grandma’s/aunt’s recipe and no others. All of these people? They have tripped over themselves raving about this potato salad, declaring it the best they’ve ever had.

So there you have it. The best potato salad, ever. You’ll want to keep this stashed away somewhere special for all of your summer parties and picnics! And be prepared for lots of recipe requests!

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Best Ever Potato Salad

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

4 cups cubed red potatoes
10 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
¾ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
1 stalk celery, diced
1 small onion, chopped
½ medium green pepper, chopped

Directions:

1. Boil the potatoes until they are fork tender. (If you're not sure how to boil the potatoes, this is a good resource.) Drain the potatoes and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a skillet over medium-low heat until crisp. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon drippings in the skillet.

3. Add the mayonnaise, mustard, sugar and salt to the reserved bacon drippings in the skillet and whisk to combine.

4. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, eggs, celery, onion and green pepper. Pour the dressing over the ingredients and gently stir to evenly coat. Stir in the bacon.

5. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.

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  1. Katrina on April 18, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Neat idea! I can’t try it because I’m vegetarian, but I know my boy would love this!

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    • brittney on January 9th, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      Make it vegetarian, i am also a ,vegetarian You could use veganaise instead of mayo smart bacon and tofu in replace of eggs.

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  2. Silvia on April 18, 2011 at 4:30 am

    I was just wondering, is there no substitute for mayonnaise? Maybe greek yoghurt?
    Thanks!

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    • Michelle on April 18th, 2011 at 10:20 am

      Hi Silvia, I’ve never made potato salad with Greek yogurt or any mayo replacements, but you’ve done it in other recipes you could give it a try here.

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    • Jo on April 22nd, 2011 at 2:38 pm

      Over “mayonnaisey” potato salad has always been a problem for me too – I do half mayonnaise and half sour cream. It retains the consistency pretty well but its not mayonnaise. :) I’ve never tried it with only sour cream but it seems like could work well!

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    • brittney on January 9th, 2013 at 10:56 pm

      Veganaise is a mayonnaise replacement

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  3. Ruth on April 18, 2011 at 5:26 am

    This really does look good. Bacon makes everything better!

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  4. Puppydogs on April 18, 2011 at 6:49 am

    This sounds so yummy! except for the green pepper. Can’t eat it, so I will try it with out the pepper.

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  5. Kim on April 18, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Bacon. Drippings. Oh yeah. This is soooo going on my Easter menu. I’ll put it next to my bacon mac & cheese and then everyone can pass out in a bacon coma.

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  6. The Food Hound on April 18, 2011 at 8:06 am

    I JUST posted on potato salad! Bacon totally does the trick, doesn’t it? I’m with you on mayonnaise-y salads… I love ‘em if I make ‘em the way I like ‘em! This looks awesome, and I love the celery addition. I made mine with BBQ seasoning for a new twist. YUM!

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  7. Debbie on April 18, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I am trying this tonight! I have been trying to pry my friend’s grandmother’s recipe for over a year, IT was the best potato salad I have ever and it did contain bacon! Thank you so much…my hubbie will be much appreciative!

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  8. Jenny Flake on April 18, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I absolutely love potato salad! Yours looks divine!! Bring on the crackers, I am ready!

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  9. Maria on April 18, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Great potato salad recipe!

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  10. susan@doughmesstic on April 18, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Of course it’s wonderful! Bacon drippings? Yes, please!

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  11. Kristy on April 18, 2011 at 10:42 am

    This sounds amazing. Bacon drippings give everything such a better flavour, I will have to try it for sure.

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  12. Marisa on April 18, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Hey, you had me at bacon drippings.

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  13. Dana Salvo on April 18, 2011 at 11:12 am

    This is fabulous! I love everything about this recipe. From the bacon to the fact that you left the potato skins on! I make a similar recipe and add cubed chicken yum!

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  14. HmarieK on April 18, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Bacon!! I love love love bacon! I am so glad you shared this :)

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  15. Barbara | VinoLuciStyle on April 18, 2011 at 11:53 am

    This is so similar to my best potato salad recipe and what I love the most? No pickle relish! Mine does mix some sour cream with the mayo so in answer to Sylvia’s question I wouldn’t hesitate to mix it up a bit with yogurt; especially Greek yogurt since it’s got such body.

    Makes me want to make some . Now.

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  16. Maris (In Good taste) on April 18, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Oh the secret is out! Hard to go wrong with bacon drippings! Can’t wait to try this!

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  17. Kelly on April 18, 2011 at 11:59 am

    This recipe looks great and, AS ALWAYS, your pictures are gorgeous!!

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  18. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen on April 18, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Sinful! And I LOVE it!! :)

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  19. hobby baker on April 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Oh yeah. Bacon drippings. They make just about anything better. With all deference to Benjamin Franklin, it is not beer, but bacon (and butter) that is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy.

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  20. Gwenevere on April 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Just yesterday I had a facebook conversation with a friend who let us all know that her daughters favorite FAT is bacon. I’ll be sending this recipe her way. It’s nice to see a recipe that uses the bacon grease…do you have other such recipes? it’s so flavorful that it’s kind of strange that you don’t see more recipes for it.

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    • Sandra Witherington on December 19th, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      If you aren’t too concerned about the fat content, Bacon is absolutely the best flavoring, for Potato salad and for Collards too. In the interest of health, you could substitute smoked turkey parts( leg or wings) in the collards. Remember to cook them long time befre the frost hits them. Afterwards 30 min to 1 hour will do.

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  21. Mindy@whiskibusiness.com on April 18, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I LOVE anything with bacon! My mom made pilaf and would brown the rice first in a tablespoon of bacon grease. SO good! I’m looking forward to making this salad for sure. Oh—love the pictures too.

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  22. Dave aka The Male Baker on April 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I don’t know if this is weird but what about artichoke in these as well?! Great photos and post.

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  23. Kate on April 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Heavenly! You had me sold at bacon drippings before I even saw the rest of the ingredients! My friend is having a bbq Friday night and was going to use Ina’s potato salad recipe. I think I must forward this along to her :-)

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  24. Aleida on April 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I’m intrigued. I swear by my grandmother’s potato salad recipe which is savory and sweet. I’ve never heard of using bacon in potato salad though so I’d like to give this a try and see how it goes. I don’t know if this will be able to beat out my grandma’s recipe though, it lacks our tasty spices and secret ingredient. I don’t keep actual measurements (I do it all by sight and taste) or I would send it over for you to try out.

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  25. The Mistress of Spices on April 18, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    You have this vegetarian drooling and actually wanting to try this…”best ever potato salad” is a bold claim but this sounds like it could be it! Maybe I’ll try it with veggie bacon. Thanks for the recipe!

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  26. Stefanie on April 18, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Have you ever tried warm German Potato salad? My hubby is like you and dislikes mayo – this is our go-to potato salad at our house! And it has meat so it makes a quick and easy ‘skillet’ dinner too!! :)

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  27. Devi @ Diddles and Dumplings on April 18, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    This recipe is EXACTLY what I was looking for!

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  28. The Farmers Wife on April 18, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Bacon, Potatoes… Yes Please!!! Looks amazing!

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  29. Tracy on April 18, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Okay, this looks incredible!! I love potato salad so I’m definitely going to try it!

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  30. Kooky Girl on April 18, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    The bacon’s not for me. I prefer mine tasting really fresh with lemon juice and fresh herbs, and chives and black pepper, with a mix of greek yoghurt, garlic and mayo. Maybe I could take my bacon on the side, just not mixed in with the salad. :o)

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  31. Tina From Pa on April 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    This sounds like my kind of Potato Salad.I’m not big on gloppy mayo salads, my 82 yr old Dad makes THE BEST GERMAN POTATO SALAD!!!!!!!!!! So I’m really spoiled,I have to make this soon!

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  32. Cookin' Canuck on April 18, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    This does indeed sound like a fabulous potato salad – you can’t go wrong with bacon drippings. Your photos are looking really good, Michelle!

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  33. Sarah @ The Pajama Chef on April 18, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    my husband might even like this potato salad! yum!

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  34. Martha in KS on April 18, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Bacon – YES!!! Have you tried sour cream-dill potato salad? It’s basically dill dip with potatoes. You might like it. I found your blog last week & you’re in my Favorites.

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  35. Alaska Food and Wine on April 18, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    You have once again proven my theory that anything – virtually anything – can be improved with the addition of bacon. Thanks for this perfect keeper recipe.

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  36. Fran {The Flavorful Fork} on April 18, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Bacon makes everything better, doesn’t it? :)

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  37. Erin on April 18, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I’ve only started liking potato salad in the past few years or so, and am picky about what I like, but this sounds like a great recipe! I will definitely have to try it.

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  38. Alexandra on April 18, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I, too, am not a fan of the mayonnaisse-laden potato salad, but this recipe sounds delish! Your blog and Annie’s from Annie’s Eats are my favorite food blogs. I used to click on the link from Annie’s blog to view yours, but now I’ve just bookmarked your page :)

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  39. Parsley Sage on April 18, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    I always give potato salad a pass because of the ick-may factor. Bleh. ‘Modest mayo’ still sounds a bit dodgy but the fact that it gets mixed with FRAPPING BACON DRIPPINGS means I’ll suck it up. Well done!

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  40. Tracey on April 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    You had me at bacon drippings :) I can’t wait to try this recipe this summer!

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  41. Brittany on April 19, 2011 at 6:04 am

    I love potato salad, (we only have it at Christmas time though), and this looks super delicious. Bacon all the way.

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  42. pink_dawn on April 19, 2011 at 8:33 am

    My mom makes it this way and its a huge hit!

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  43. Gastronome Tart on April 19, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I love potato salad! The ultimate comfort food. I will have to give this recipe a try!

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  44. Carri Ann on April 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Is the skillet hot when you add the mayo and fixings to the bacon grease?

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    • Michelle on April 19th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

      Hi Carri Ann, Yes, the skillet is still hot when I add the rest of the dressing ingredients to the bacon grease. I use cast iron, so it takes quite some time for it to cool off.

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  45. Joy on April 19, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I love love potato salad. This is a great recipe.

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  46. The Waspy Redhead on April 21, 2011 at 3:14 am

    Bacon drippings – you are an evil genius!

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  47. Erin on April 21, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    We have a very similar family recipe but we cut up sweet pickles instead of green peppers. It’s delish. And agree, it’s the bacon drippings that are the secret weapon.

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  48. Eat and Write on April 22, 2011 at 10:55 am

    You clearly know how to get to a southerner’s heart! Potato salad is always awesome around here :) I saved your recipe in my inspiration notebook so I can remember to try it ASAP: http://www.eatandwrite.com/2011/04/22/inspiration-notebook-recipes-to-try/

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  49. Esther on April 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    i’m actually pretty excited to try this, and i don’t even like potato salad! there’s been maybe one kind ever that i can tolerate. so thank you!

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  50. Wende on April 22, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    We love potato salad….especially with brisket. Can’t wait to give this a try….

    I shared your recipe on my Must Try Tuesday post…

    http://therickettchronicles.blogspot.com/2011/04/must-try-tuesday-april-19-2011.html

    Thanks for sharing!

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  51. Jackie on April 22, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    I just made this for a BBQ tomorrow afternoon – it is Delicious! If I didn’t tell people I was making it, I would be tempted to keep it all for myself.

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  52. Barbara on April 25, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Turned out so good! Thank you!

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  53. Kim on April 25, 2011 at 10:43 am

    So I ended up making this for Easter, with just some minor changes, and it was super YUMMY! Not overly dressed, perfect flavor. This will now be a regular go-to recipe for gatherings and picnics! Thanks for sharing!

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  54. Katie on April 27, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Bacon is a perfect addition to potato salad! I knew when I read your recipe it would be wonderful and it did not disappoint! I did use more like 5-6 cups potatoes, double the celery (we liek a lot) and a little less mayo but kept the mustard and bacon grease the same. it was great and will be my new go to. Thanks for another winner!

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  55. Susan on April 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I just made this potato salad for dinner tonight and, of course, I had to sample it. This is going to be a real winner. Can’t wait until my husband tastes it. Thank you for sharing.

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  56. RisaG on May 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Bacon drippings make everything wonderful. Don’t know what it is. They just do. This looks seriously good. Thanks for sharing.

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  57. Jen on May 21, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Just made this to take to a backyard BBQ party! Can’t wait to share it with everyone else. So yummy! Thanks for sharing.

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  58. Stephanie @ Confessions of a Trophy Wife on May 23, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    YUUUM! I made this for dinner yesterday evening as a side to some yummy burgers on the grill and it was VERY tasty. Possible the best potato salad ever ;)

    I actually munched on some right after I mixed everything together while it was still slightly warm/room temperature and I thought it was just as good as when it was chilled and the flavors had time to marry together. I wouldn’t have minded eating it as a side before chilling, but it was also tasty after 3 hours in the fridge, and still tasty the following day when I had leftovers for lunch! Thanks for a great recipe!

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  59. Dale on May 27, 2011 at 3:59 am

    As a suggestion before commenting on a receipe why not make it first. Your comment is not very useful otherwise. So if you made it (a few have) then speak up … let us know if had to tweek it or was it fine as is.

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    • Michelle on May 27th, 2011 at 11:10 am

      Everyone is welcome to comment on posts, whether they have made the recipe or not. This site is not just for recipe reviews, but also for discussions and general chit chat about the things we find delicious or want to try. Comment away, everyone!

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  60. LitashaB. from Guam on May 28, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe, we’ve made this 3 times already and everyone LOVES it! This is the only potato salad recipe allowed in our kitchen!!

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  61. Joan on June 5, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Great recipe!!!! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  62. Lisa~~ on June 9, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Thanks for posting this recipe I made it with just a few changes and my husband declared it the best potato salad ever! I have linked my post back to your site.
    http://cooklisacook.blogspot.com/2011/06/potato-salad-with-bacon.html
    Thanks again,
    Lisa~~

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  63. Vera on June 16, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    How do you feel about other kinds of potato salads?? german style/warm?? yum! My mom has been making “italian potato salad” for years and I love it!! Its with vinegar and oil, (you know I have a thing for tart vinegar tastes!!) I’ve been making coleslaw with vinegar and oil too…I, like you, hate gloppy mayo. Maybe you can lighten up egg salad too?!!?

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    • Michelle on June 17th, 2011 at 11:26 am

      Oh, I do love German-style potato salad! And I also love oil and vinegar coleslaw… hello Primanti’s :) I did an egg salad a couple of months ago, and I really like it – not TOO mayo-laden.

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  64. Carolyn on June 20, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Of course it’s yummy–bacon drippings and sugar–ha ha!! I personally do not like a potato salad with 100% mayo either. I always use half mayo and half sour cream or plain yogurt, not only for calorie-cutting reasons but as a matter of taste.

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  65. Susan on July 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    YES!!! This is “the best potato salad ever”, the name is not hyperbole. I’d been making one pretty close to this for years but this recipe, with the addition of bacon and sugar and no vinegar is perfect. I despise store bought and restaurant potato salads because they always are too heavy on something or completely lacking in something else.

    This is perfection.

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  66. Marisol on July 30, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Just tried your recipe. Loved it!! The bacon really made the difference. Definitely a recipe to keep. Thanks.

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  67. Patricia on August 1, 2011 at 8:13 am

    This really does look so good!! I’m putting it in my files and I’ll be trying it in the coming week. Thanks!

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  68. Barbara | Creative Culinary on August 1, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Well…I have to say I think I have the ‘best ever’ potato salad and no surprise; it’s got bacon and bacon drippings. But I also mix half sour cream and half mayo for the dressing…I always thought that was more the big ‘secret’ but you’re right. Bacon trumps sour cream any day!

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  69. Kim Crowder on August 1, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I have made this potato salad for years, but after I boil the potatoes, I salt and pepper them and place them under the broiler till crispy on the outside. YUMMMMM

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  70. Dee on August 5, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Good God, I am in my 50′s and I have NEVER made potato salad for all the reasons everyone mentioned. Mayonnaise, YUCH. But I have to bring a vegetarian salad to a party the day after tomorrow and the birthday girl requested potato salad. Can I leave out the bacon?? I know, I know…blasphemy, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Will it still taste good? Anything else I could add in its place? Thanks!

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    • Michelle on August 6th, 2011 at 11:53 pm

      Hi Dee, It will definitely still be good, just missing that “certain something”. I would replace the bacon drippings with a vegetable or canola oil for the dressing.

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  71. kim on August 6, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    WOW this is soooooooooo good :) Thanks for a great recipe!

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  72. Lin on August 26, 2011 at 3:53 am

    I can say one thing, people who do not like mayonnaise on potato salad must be eating potato salad with Miracle Whip or some other awful mayo. The only mayonnaise that should be used is Hellman’s or Best Food (same thing, but west of the Rockies Hellman’s is called Best Food). I hate potato salad or deviled eggs that have M.W. in them…gross! I will be trying this recipe with Hellman’s. :-)

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    • Michelle on August 26th, 2011 at 9:22 am

      That’s quite possible! I grew up in the 80′s and Miracle Whip was all the rage.You may have just cracked the case!

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  73. Gordon on September 14, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Looks really yummy, the bacon is what makes it really stand out in awesome taste probably.

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  74. Megan Bagwell on December 5, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I made this during the Thanksgiving holiday and it went so perfectly with leftover turkey sandwiches! This potato salad had EVERYONE raving…it really is the best ever! I made a lot, so we had leftovers for 3 days and it got yummier every day! I’m obsessed with the flavor combinations and textures. I have never been a huge potato salad lover–but I am NOW!

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  75. Christine on December 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I am DEFINITELY gonna try this recipe…

    Need some advice first…

    I am making it for a group of 20 people and no matter what recipe i am using…I plan on using 8-10 lbs. of potatoes…

    Any suggestions on how much to up the ingredients for this much?

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    • Michelle on December 14th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

      Hi Christine, I have never actually weighed the potatoes (eek!) but I would say you’ll probably want to triple the other ingredients.

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  76. Christine on December 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Also…I was contemplating roasting my potatoes this time as opposed to the traditional boiling the potatoes…

    What do we think about this?

    Same ingredients…just roasted potatoes instead of boiled….

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    • Jason Baker on January 12th, 2013 at 8:10 am

      I think its a great idea but I would only use the bacon and maybe the eggs and onion. Myself personally I wouldn’t use the celery or the green pepper. But I think it would be an awesome idea. If you have already done it can you post and let us know how it went.

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  77. morri on November 22, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I made a big bowl of this salad yesterday! I’m not a big fan of hard-boiled eggs in my salad, so I only added two. On the other hand, I’m a total, die-hard veggie girl, so I added twice as much bell pepper and four times as much celery. The result? Wonderful, wonderful crunchy texture. I only added about 2-3 tbsp of mayo, substituting the rest with Balkan yoghurt – that’s pretty much my standard approach to any salad. I also thought the salad would benefit from a bit of spice, so I added lots of freshly ground black pepper. The result? Awesomeness :)

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  78. Corve DaCosta on December 9, 2012 at 10:33 am

    just heard about this recipe

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  79. Marnie on December 20, 2012 at 4:10 am

    Can you please explain to a ‘Kiwi’ girl what bacon drippings are please? Is it just the fat that comes off the bacon in the pan? Thanks :)

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    • Michelle on December 20th, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      Hi Marnie, You are spot-on! The bacon drippings is just the bacon grease in the pan.

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  80. Jason Baker on January 12, 2013 at 8:16 am

    I only just came across this recipe. The best part is I make my own mayonnaise from bacon drippings. I always collect the fat as we have bacon in our house every Sunday morning. There is usually around 8 people over for breakfast. I read about the advantages of bacon fat and have been using it ever since. I used my mayonnaise and of course I still put in the extra bacon dripping it was perfect. Everyone loved it. They couldn’t believe the difference the bacon fat made. This one has been printed of and placed in my salad folder in the kitchen. Thank you for posting it.

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  81. Natalie on February 8, 2013 at 1:36 am

    What a hit! This is my new go to potato salad recipe! Thank you

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  82. Pat on February 23, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    This is the best potato salad ever. How do I know? Because it’s the recipe that my mother and grandmother used! The ingredient amounts are slightly different, and they were for them too, depending on the number of people they were seving an their individual likes and dislikes. I never had a specific recipe for this as Mom ad Grandma just knew how much of everything to put together depending on the no. of people to feed. In those days, you learned how to cook by being the “assistant” to your mother and grandmother. Those are very good memories.

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  83. Erica on March 1, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    What kind of onion are we supposed to use with this recipe? Red or yellow?

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    • Michelle on March 2nd, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      Hi Erica, Yellow onion.

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  84. Ma on March 3, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    This is now my “keeper” recipe! I might have added a tad more bacon grease, but honestly I didn’t vear from the recipe at all and it came out really good! THANK YOU!!!

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  85. ettu on March 22, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Just about the kind I make, except instead of sugar, I use a little sweet relish. Also use a little sweet relish in my deviled eggs………super good.

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  86. Karen Betts on March 24, 2013 at 7:29 am

    I plan on making this soon…it sounds delectable! My only question is….If you mix all the dressing ingredients in the frying pan, does the finished dressing look a little gritty and darkened from the fried bacon particles in the pan? Not that it’s going to stop me from making it…just wanted to know. Thanks! :)

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    • Michelle on March 28th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      Hi Karen, You will see some bits from the bacon grease but it definitely doesn’t make the dish look “dirty”. Enjoy!!

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  87. TenTen on April 1, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Hi! I hope you don’t mind, I included this link to my blog. I don’t know your name, or at least I wasn’t able to get your name. I was inspired to share it with minor revisions on your recipe and it worked for me. Thanks!

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  88. Valentino on May 9, 2013 at 3:54 am

    THIS IS SIMPLY THE BEST POTATO SALAD EVER! I thank you from the bottom of my heart mami! I thank you for sharing all of this love, with all of us, to share with all of our other friends!!! When I was a kid I used to go with a friend, over to one of his friends house and his wife would make a salad similar. Now that I am much older and I have friends over to my house I have been fantasizing about a potato salad with bacon in it! So I came across you and your GREAT site via google. I made this recipe 3 days ago at my bbq and all in attendances wanted this recipe… I was a little hurt though, I thought all would want my ribs recipe… Few did, however nothing like this one! I double what your recipe called for and added some black pepper with a dash more salt… This recipe has truly been a dream come true for me! I deeply thank you for sharing this with your NEW friends in Seattle.

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  89. Andi on May 13, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I have this in my fridge right now, chilling for tonight’s dinner. I tasted a bit, still warm, and OHMAHGAWD it is so good! I left out the green pepper as my husband doesn’t like them, and only used two hard-boiled eggs because I forgot to buy eggs (who does that?).
    Can’t wait for dinner tonight!

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  90. Lori p on May 27, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Damn. Now my mom’s secret ingredient is out of the bag too! LOVE the bacon drippings. And while we’re at it, my mom does a combo mayo, buttermilk…shakes it up with salt, pepper and bacon drippings. It’s never too mayonnaise-y. Sometimes when she’s feeling kooky, she’ll add sliced black olives. That’s good too. She is truly potato salad queen.

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  91. Syble Blocker on June 16, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    I tried this recipe yesterday, only I didn’t have red potatoes, I used Irish instead.Took off the skin,as we don’t like them.
    Didn’t have dijour mustard ,so used reg,I also diced up a small spear of Kosker pickle ,other wise it was fantastic, we both loved it, I am serving tonight with fried chicken YUMMY!!

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  92. Shawna on June 20, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I was looking online yesterday for a potato salad recipe to make with ingredients I already had. Found this and when I served it to my hubby and son they both said “this is THE BEST potato salad I’ve ever had”! Delish!!!! I cant wait to bring this to my sister in laws next family dinner. I have always thought she made the best potato salad, but this has even got hers beat, hands down. Thanks! :-)

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  93. Rachel on July 3, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I just made this last night. It is sooooo…. good! I’m not a potato salad person but now I am. I made it for a cookout tomorrow but ended up bring a pile of it in to work for lunch. I’m officially converted. I’ve already forward on the recipe to two co-workers. Thank you!!!

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  94. Diane M. on July 10, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Just made this, with organic potatoes, grass fed bacon, free range eggs…. I had no celery so I used capers and scallions, yellow and red peppers. Made the dressing as is with a little less mayo. Should have reduced the salt, it’s a little too salty with the bacon. And I added black pepper. Once it’s chilled we’ll do the real taste test. I can see this as my go to P-salad recipe!

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  95. Fran@fransfavs.com on July 15, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I don’t normally put mustard in my potato salad, but this was wonderful! http://www.fransfavs.com/2013/07/best-ever-potato-salad/#more-6379

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  96. Corine on July 25, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing your recipe. The potato salad was awesome!

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  97. Greta on August 19, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Yay! This recipe is fantastic, I just finished making it! Thanks for sharing!

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  98. Lauren on August 22, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Was delicious!!! Although replaced onion with spring onions (scallions) and ditched the green pepper – it doesn’t belong there – too overpowering. I also added fresh parsley… Will definitely be doing this again.

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  99. Michelle P on November 25, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Only made half of this recipe and I didn’t include green pepper and celery because I didn’t have them. It still turned out great. Very delicious!

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  100. Tim on December 3, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Just came across this and decided to give it a go.I did the potatoes sous vide and the texture was amazing.Totally different.Will be using this in future.Every body raved about it.

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