Recipe courtesy of Robert Irvine

Bacon-and-Egg Potato Salad

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Bacon and eggs are not just for breakfast — they make a wonderful combination in this creamy picnic salad. The boiled thin-skinned red potatoes have a dense and buttery texture and soak up the mayonnaise-based sauce nicely. Both the scallion and onion add a pleasant sharpness — if you want to temper the pungency, soak the red onion in ice cold water for about 10 minutes and then drain. Give the cooking bacon an occasional stir and use the leftover bacon drippings to flavor salad dressings or amp up frying oil for fried chicken.



  1. Put the potatoes in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and cook until fork-tender, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, saute the bacon in a skillet over low heat until crispy, about 12 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
  2. Put the eggs in a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat, cover and let stand 6 minutes. Drain and run under cold water to cool; peel and chop.
  3. Drain the potatoes (do not rinse), transfer to a baking sheet and let cool 6 to 8 minutes. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, mayonnaise, mustard, scallions, red onion, sugar, and salt and pepper to taste. Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl and add the bacon and hard-cooked eggs; fold in the mayonnaise mixture. Serve at room temperature.