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Best Potato Salad EVER (Everything gets better with bacon!)

Updated on December 3, 2012

This is not your mama's traditional potato salad... it's mine!

I used to not really like potato salad for 2 reasons: the mayo and the mustard. So, if you have a recipe that you think has a little too much of either in it, you are looking for some different flavor and you love our (my mom's and mine) secret ingredient, BACON, then you will love this potato salad.

My husband likes to put his potato salad under the gumbo (Click this link for the recipe for gumbo!)as a substitute for rice. Try it out! It is delightful!

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INGREDIENTS

Get your pen ready- Here is your grocery list!

  • 6 eggs (1 a person)
  • 6 potatoes (1 a person)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 6 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped (or more if you like)
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise (add until creamy)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp dill relish (add to taste)
  • A few FINELY diced celery stalks for added crunch (not necessary though)
  • Salt and pepper to taste (add last)


Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves about 6 people.

Instructions

  1. POTATOES First, wash your potatoes and peel MOST of the skin off of them. Next put them in a pot to boil until they are soft enough to easily stick a fork in them. Put them in a bowl and mash with a fork or potato masher. I like them to be as mashed as possible with few chunks- decide how you want them and change it up if you prefer. Put into large mixing bowl.
  2. EGGS Boil all 6 of your eggs and take the shells off of them (eggs will begin to float when boiled). You will only be using half of the egg whites and all of the egg yolks. Chop the 3 whites and set them aside. Take the egg yolks and put them in a small bowl. Begin adding olive oil, a little at a time, and stir until you almost have a creamy paste. Add to the potatoes.
  3. BACON I do my bacon in the microwave on paper towels (top and bottom) so that you can soak up some of the grease. Chop them up and add them to the mix.
  4. GREEN ONIONS Chop your green onions and toss some in- I normally just add a handful, mix then add more if it looks like you need a few more in there.
  5. TO TASTE Add the dill relish (about 1 tbsp at a time). Taste it to see if you need to add more.
  6. Next, add the mayonnaise, also about a tbsp at a time. You do not need much, just enough to give the potato salad a smoother consistency.
  7. Next, if you want to have a little crunch in each bite, finely dice the celery, toss is in a handful at a time until you have the right amount of crunch for your liking.
  8. Salt and pepper, I always add at the end and never add too much. You will be surprised at how little it really needs once the bacon and olive oil are in there.
  9. MIX IT UP Now all that is left to do is mix it up and eat!!
  10. ENJOY!!!!

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      Michal 5 years ago from Baton Rouge, LA

      Thanks, Suzie HQ! I am a mayo-minimalist when it comes to my potato salad and add the punch of flavor with the bacon and green onions! Let me know how it turns out and suggest any recommendations for what may make this recipe better (I won't tell my mom ;) )

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Yummy!! Big potato salad fan, sounds fab so will definitely give this a go!!! Thanks alot! voted up and more!

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      Michal 5 years ago from Baton Rouge, LA

      It is a little different than most salads in that in has no lettuce! but it is pretty delicious!

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      Michal 5 years ago from Baton Rouge, LA

      Livingabroad- while you may miss the food I am envious of your living abroad! I am sure you will get to taste many different foods while you are away- share some of those recipes with us! :)

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      livingabroad 5 years ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Mpoche4,

      Great recipe and so easy to make!

      I miss food like this as I'm living in Thailand. Making this will remind me a little a bit home so thanks! up, useful and SHARING.

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      Sajib 5 years ago from Bangladesh

      I like Salad most. I have tasted many of them but potato salad is something new to me. I have checked the ingredients and the process. Think, it will be a great experience to taste this salad.

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      Michal 5 years ago from Baton Rouge, LA

      No problem!! I hope it turns out well, vocalcoach!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Oh, of course - vegetarian bacon. In fact I almost bought some ,made out of soy. That's exactly what I will do and thanks!

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      Michal 5 years ago from Baton Rouge, LA

      Thank you wilderness!! Do you have a recipe for your version to share? I would love to test it out!

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      Dan Harmon 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      I like potato salad, especially German. This sounds like something that I need to try, though - thanks!

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      Michal 5 years ago from Baton Rouge, LA

      Thanks Glenn Stok!! I appreciate your feedback- I barely salt it anyway- between the relish and the bacon there is plenty of flavor!

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      Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I like to cook and your recipe looks really awesome. I'm planning on trying this in a few days. Got to pick up the ingredients. I'm planning on leaving out the salt. Like you said, the other ingredients give it all the taste anyway. Voted up.

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      Michal 5 years ago from Baton Rouge, LA

      me too!!! ha we have a lot in common in the kitchen!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Not yet. But will definately let you know! I have a great coleslaw as well!

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      Michal 5 years ago from Baton Rouge, LA

      Thanks Rusticliving! I would love to check out your recipe! Is it posted in a hub? And yes, this is certainly a recipe that sticks to your bones! I only make it when I do a gumbo, but all of my friends love it! It is definitely a dish that is always empty at the end of a party!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      mpoche4, I LOVE potato salad. That's my specialty dish I bring when invited to parties, etc. My own recipe is almost similar to yours (Minus the bacon and relish) Being from Hawaii, I have additional ingredients that I use. I love bacon, but it loves my hips more..haha! Wonder if Turkey Bacon would work. hmmmmm

      Voted up! BTW- I know it's a little late (and you have been here a little longer than I have..)however.. Welcome to Hubpages.. look forward to reading more of your hubs!

      Blessings

      ~Lisa

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      Michal 5 years ago from Baton Rouge, LA

      Thank you both vocalcoach and RTalloni for your comments. I am glad that you are getting some tips from my cooking experiences! Let me know if you have something else that I should try!

      Vocalcoach- try some vegetarian bacon maybe? Who knows it may be equally delicious and healthier!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      I was trying to decide what to do with some potatoes I have on hand...thanks!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I love green onion in my potatoe salad too. This recipe sounds delicious. I'm a vegetarian however, so will pass on the bacon. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Voted up!

      vocalcoach~