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A small white bowl filled with bacon potato salad garnished with crispy bacon.
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Blue Cheese and Bacon Potato Salad

The best potato salad BBQ side dish loaded with crispy bacon and blue cheese for summer cookouts, potlucks, and a great picnic food idea!
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Side Dishes & Vegetables
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make potato salad, potato salad, potato salad recipe
Servings: 16
Calories: 246kcal

Ingredients

Potato Salad

  • 5 pounds Yukon potatoes (peeled and cubed)
  • 8 strips bacon (crumbled)
  • ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 cups sliced green onions
  • 2 cups sliced celery
  • 2 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

Dressing

  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup blue cheese salad dressing
  • ¼ cup sour cream

Instructions

  • Cook bacon until crispy. Set aside. See notes for bacon cooking tips.
  • Bring a large pot of water to boil, make sure there is enough room for your peeled cubed potatoes. Boil potatoes about 20-25 minutes, until a piece is fork tender when pierced. Drain water from potatoes.
  • Next, Add all the dressing ingredients in a bowl; apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, sea salt, pepper, olive oil, blue cheese salad dressing, and sour cream, whisking after adding each one.
  • In the large bowl, re-whisk the dressing and in the bottom of the large bowl, then place the drained potatoes into the bowl.
  • Stir to combine. Next add crispy bacon pieces, crumbled blue cheese, chopped parsley, sliced green onions, chopped celery, and thyme leaves.
  • The warm potatoes will help melt the blue cheese and absorb the dressing. Toss well and store in a sealed container in fridge, gets even better by the next day so it's perfect to make ahead.

Notes

How To Get Crispy Bacon 

  • Try a pre-cooked bacon brand Since it is half cooked, it prepares easily without the mess and crisps up beautifully in the microwave on paper plates. (I use Costco Kirkland brand, but they are easy to find in the grocery store.)
  • Or bake bacon on a rack over a cookie sheet in the oven
  • Or saute bacon in a heavy skillet until crisp, this is messier but gets the job done.

Garnish

You can garnish with some additional crumbled bacon, sliced green onions, and a little parsley to make it really pretty and serve in a nice bowl. 

Swaps

You could swap out the bacon and or blue cheese and substitute ranch dressing for the blue cheese dressing and use a grated cheese like cheddar or one you like.

Nutrition

Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 496mg | Potassium: 729mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 586IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 2mg