We love a good potato salad with bacon and cheese in a creamy dressing.

This version of a classic potato salad has a tangy sour cream Dijon dressing and a generous dose of cheddar cheese with lots of crispy bacon! So good!

Serve warm or cold and watch it disappear!

Potato Salad with Bacon in a bowl

Potluck Perfect Side Dish

  • Packed with flavor, we make this easy potato salad with bacon and cheddar…. and lots of it!
  • This crowd-pleasing favorite is lightened up a little bit by using extra sour cream and tangy notes of vinegar and mustard.
  • Quick and easy to prepare, bacon potato salad will a your summer go-to for picnics and parties!
  • Just like German potato salad, this salad can be served warm or similar to a deviled egg potato salad, chilled!
  • It is best made ahead of time makes excellent leftovers as the flavors blend.
ingredients to make Potato Salad with Bacon

Ingredients in Potato Salad

Potatoes – The best potatoes are thin-skinned potatoes like Yukon gold or red potatoes. Save a little time and leave the potatoes unpeeled for a more rustic look! Baking potatoes (like Russet) are more grainy and tend to fall apart.

Bacon We LOVE crispy bacon and it’s amazing in this recipe. Cook up a batch of bacon (we like to cook it in the oven) for the best results. Pre-cooked bacon or real bacon bits can also be used but the real-deal is best in this recipe! Chop it finely before adding to the salad to ensure you get bacon in every bite!

Add-Ins Celery and green onions bring color and crunch! Try adding peas, radishes, and even sliced water chestnuts!

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Sour Cream Potato Salad Dressing

Our usual potato salad uses a mayonnaise based dressing but this version has extra sour cream for some tang! You can swap it out for your favorite dressing.

  • Sour cream with a bit of mayonnaise make up the base of this recipe. Swap the sour cream for Greek yogurt if you’d like!
  • Vinegar adds tang while Dijon mustard give this dressing a bit of zing. Stir a bit of homemade ranch dressing for even more flavor.

How to Make Potato Salad with Bacon

A little bit of bacon tossed into this cream and flavorful salad, stands this apart from other potato salads.

  1. Cook bacon and cool. Boil chopped potatoes, and drain well.
  2. Prepare the dressing (per the recipe below).
  3. Toss potatoes and dressing in a large bowl, and add the remaining ingredients.
  4. Garnish with sprigs of dill and serve warm or chilled.
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Storing Potato Salad

Keep leftover potato salad with bacon in a covered container for up to 4 days and reheat in the microwave. It’s not recommended to freeze potato salads with dressings made with mayonnaise and sour cream since the texture and flavor won’t be the same as fresh.

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Potato Salad with Bacon

Super easy delicious potato salad with bacon is made with potatoes, cheddar cheese, bacon, and a homemade dressing!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 16 servings

Ingredients  

  • 6 cups yellow or red potatoes cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 green onions diced
  • 1 cup celery finely diced
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 8 slices bacon cooked and crumbled or chopped, or ½ cup real bacon bits
  • parsley and dill for garnish

Dressing

  • ¾ cup sour cream not low fat
  • cup mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fresh dill or ½ teaspoon dried, optional
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tablespoons bacon fat* OPTIONAL SEE NOTE

Instructions 

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add chopped potatoes and boil 10-12 minutes or until fork tender.
  • Whisk dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Add ½ teaspoon salt & ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  • Once potatoes are cooked, drain well and place in a large bowl. Add dressing. Toss to combine.
  • Add celery, green onions, cheese, and crumbled bacon. Mix well. Garnish with herbs if desired.
  • Serve warm.

Notes

This potato salad can be served warm or chilled. If serving chilled, cool the potatoes before adding the dressing.
If cooking raw bacon for this recipe, reserve a couple of tablespoons of bacon fat and drizzle it into the dressing for extra flavor.
If using purchased “real bacon bits” crisp them in a pan on the stove or in the microwave for a minute and let cool. 
Greek yogurt can be used in place of sour cream.
 
5 from 8 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 207 | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 374mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 364IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American

Inspired by The Lady’s Warm Potato Salad

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  1. This looks fantastic and I have a question. The recipe states that there are 705 calories and 4 servings. Is each serving 705 calories or is this for the entire recipe? THANKS I LOVE your web site!!!

    1. Thank you Vicki!! Apologies for the confusion, the servings stated 4 however this recipe makes about 8 cups of potato salad so it should state 16 servings (1/2 cup each). I have updated the nutritional value to reflect the correct information.