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Skinny Bacon Potato Salad

Skinny Bacon Potato Salad


Skinny Bacon Potato Salad |

Remember that Perfectly Crispy Baked Bacon I posted last week. We ate about a pound of that with our hands & the other pound went into this potato salad.

Don’t let the word “skinny” fool you. This side dish has plenty of flavor kick. Just don’t eat the whole bowl of it…if you wanna keep it skinny that is.

Skinny Bacon Potato Salad |

You can serve this potato salad at any temperature. I prefer it warm, but my kids and hubs like it any which way.

Skinny Bacon Potato Salad |

It has a small amount of  mayo in it. Not gloppy, too thick kinda mayo. Be careful not to keep it out in the sun or heat for too long though.

Skinny Bacon Potato Salad |

 I used red new potatoes cause I like ’em nice and firm. They don’t fall apart & get all mushy like starchier spuds can.

Skinny Bacon Potato Salad |

This potato salad is great for picnics, BBQ’s and lunch boxes.

We had a super fun grill party with pals at my house last week & we served this along with rib eye, hamburgers, hot dogs & chicken.

It is apparent I am not vegan.

HOW TO: Perfectly Baked Bacon |

Did you see my post for Perfectly Baked Bacon last week? Check it out if you did not….a simple and safer way to cook it.

Bacon goes in just about everything I eat. If you want to make this lighter you can go with a veggie or turkey bacon.

Skinny Bacon Potato Salad |

Though really…not sure if you would be cutting too many calories if you did. As I don’t worry about that. Real bacon is always best for me!

At our grill party I also served Blissful Pear Martinis. Sips I can’t live without these days.

Blissful Pear Martini |

Soooooo, between the bacon & pear martinis I have quite the interesting meal plan.

Ahhhhh, you know better than that. I am very balanced in my eating habits.

Skinny Bacon Potato Salad |


Skinny Bacon Potato Salad

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 10-12 servings

Skinny Bacon Potato Salad


  • 3 pounds Red Potatoes, cleaned and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 pound Bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • 1/2 cup Italian Vinaigrette
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • chopped Green Onion
  • Garlic Salt
  • Pink or Black Cracked Pepper
  • Fresh Herbs ~ Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano


  • Bake or cook your bacon in a pan until crispy. Drain on paper towels and crumble.
  • Put potatoes in a large saucepan and fill with water (covering the potatoes). Bring to a boil and simmer, covered for about 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain. Place potatoes in a bowl filled with ice water to stop cooking. Drain again and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Toss potatoes with vinaigrette, mayonnaise, lemon juice, green onion, bacon and fresh herbs. Season with garlic salt and pepper to taste.

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28 Responses to Skinny Bacon Potato Salad

  1. Hi, Marla! Just saw your potato salad via “share” by Dara on G+ (I’ve been out of the loop due to family obligations — so glad I caught it the second time around!) Your lighter dressing recipe sounds marvelous. And bacon? Oh yeah!

  2. I have a similar recipe for a warm potato and bacon salad that we love. Although I eat a primarily vegetarian diet I cannot get over my LOVE for bacon! If I were at your grill party you would probably find me hovering over the potato salad bowl double fisting pear martinis…classy, right?! Awesome recipe, thanks for sharing.

  3. Loving this lighter version of potato salad for summer, Marla! Love using less starchy red potatoes with bacon. And, I like that you added extra lemon juice to the vinaigrette for some citrus kick as well as ample fresh herbs. As always, love the photography! xo

  4. As delish as it sounds and may taste….we do forget the skinny…and indulge. Especially with bacon. I love making german potato salad…no mayo…vinegar…acid cuts the fat…excellent for that summer party also..

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