Best Ever Potato Salad

Best ever? Those two words always make me give a little (feminine) snort. And to be honest, I didn't believe that title either and hesitated to use it too, until I made it and took it to my Garden Club's end-of-year luncheon. That's a discerning group, all ages, all probably having their own mother's or grandmother's "Best Ever" potato salad recipes. And it's mayonnaise-based, which, while delicious, is, let's face it, fattening and a tad dated to boot.

Need I say they loved it? I thought I made too much (we do a pot luck), but there was only a spoonful or so left. So, I'm passing on Brown Eyed Baker's "best ever" recipe. You can't go wrong with bacon and that's the secret ingredient here, not only in the salad, but in the dressing too. Naughty, naughty.

And all right, so I cheated and took  some of my favorite and completely awesome store-bought mini pastries from the Ft. Lauderdale French Bakery for dessert. Hah! Might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb.

Best Ever Potato Salad
From Brown Eyed Baker

 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

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

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.

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

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


  1. Bacon and potatoes...they are soul mates, ain't they?! This looks very delicious, Barbara.

  2. Love potato salads..there can be many est evers:) Like best ever days..:)

  3. It's finally potato salad time around here and this looks and sounds delicious!


  4. Look delicious!
    I feel hungry when I read the ingredients!

  5. This sounds sinfully delicious!

  6. It certainly sounds like the best-ever salad!

  7. Pinned, and if the Knight will bring home potatoes, some will go in the fridge for tomorrow. The Knight loves mayo-based dressing, but I prefer a light oil and dill combo from a not-quite local bbq joint, even though I cannot reproduce it.

  8. Hi Barbara,

    The potato salad sounds delicious and will have to try bacon next time I make my salad.
    Hope you are doing well after the surgery.
    Enjoy the weekend

  9. It looks and sounds delicious!



  10. Barbara,
    I just love potato salad, and this one looks delicious. It's perfect for a picnic for father's day or the fourth of July. I know how much you love to cook, and I think you will enjoy some of the interesting and different dishes the girls tried on their trip to New Orleans, which Nel posted today.

    Have a peaceful Sunday.


  11. I can't have a BBQ without having potato salad. This one sounds good…as they say, everything is better with bacon. :)

  12. I'm quite sure that everything is better with bacon Barbara.

  13. I want to have you come to my next luncheon :) This sounds wonderful with the bacon. I happen to know several bacon lovers in the family - including myself!

  14. I believe it. All those chunky potatoes...a great bite with bacon and all...

    ela h.
    Gray Apron

  15. Looks delicious. Bacon makes everything better and it goes to show why there wasn't but a tiny spoonful left.

  16. How can I resist? I have to try it, potato salad is one of the joys of summer!

  17. Of course it's the best ever with these ingredients - wonderful!

  18. Hi Barbara!

    Oh how adore Potato Salad! I can't wait until I'm able to make some. Don't you worry, I won't forget the bacon!!!

    Thanks for sharing, Barbara...

  19. No wonder this potato salad was savaged at the potluck lunch, it looks amazing!

  20. excellent. my boyfriend is a potato salad connoisseur and he would approve of this. :)

  21. You can't go wrong with bacon can you? No wonder why there were no leftovers!

  22. It looks very good!


  23. This sounds fantastic, Barbara. I'll have to give it a try. Hugs and blessings...Mary

  24. love potato salad! I'm giving this one a whirl this weekend...

  25. Oh dear, I have a real weakness for a good potato salad. This is similar to one my mother used to make , but she never added bacon. I can't resist trying this recipe.

  26. No doubt, 10 slices of bacon (and drippings!) played a Big role in making it the best ever!

  27. I'm always looking for new ideas to serve my book group. These would be terrific!

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