Potato Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

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Skip the cold side dishes and wow the crowds with this fast and fresh recipe for Potato Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing.

White bowl with Potato Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing next to small white bowl filled with fresh chives and wooden serving spoon and fork.

Step aside, all you chilly, starchy side dishes. It’s no longer cool to be … cool. Because there’s a new recipe in town and it is h-o-t hot. As in, Potato Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing HOT.

There’s no mayonnaise. There’s no sour cream. There’s no cool and creamy dressing that leaves this dish destined for the bottom of your fridge or cooler, where it’ll remain until someone finally declares, “There’s no potato salad?!”

Large sauté pan with diced onions and whole grain mustard with apple cider vinegar being poured from glass measuring cup.

So here we are in all our warm bacon dressing glory. It’s certainly savory, but that’s not all. It gets a little tang courtesy of some whole grain mustard and a bit-o-bite via a solid splash of apple cider vinegar. Cook it all together with sweet yellow onions and we’ve got a flavor trifecta that will knock your socks, shoes and speedos off.

Glass bowl with quartered red potatoes and cooked bacon with warm bacon dressing being poured on top.

So whether you’re in need of a summertime potluck dish that will leave guests begging for the recipe, or you’re simply tired of potatoes covered in two types of cheese and butter (Does this actually happen to people?), allow me to introduce you to your new starchy, super-hot BFF. Take it away, Potato Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing!

White bowl with Potato Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing garnished with fresh chives with small white bowl filled with fresh chives and wooden serving utensils in background.

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Potato Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

Skip the cold side dishes and wow the crowds with this fast and fresh recipe for Potato Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing.
Author: Kelly Senyei
5 from 18 votes
White bowl with Potato Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing next to small white bowl filled with fresh chives and wooden serving spoon and fork.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 2 pounds small red potatoes, unpeeled
  • 8 slices uncooked bacon, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups diced yellow onions
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh chives


  • Boil the potatoes in a large pot of water until they are fork-tender, about 15 minutes. Drain the potatoes then allow them to cool completely. Cut the potatoes into quarters then add them to a large bowl. 
  • Add the bacon to a large sauté pan set over medium heat. Cook the bacon until it is crispy and all of the fat has rendered off. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a plate, leaving 3 tablespoons of the drippings in the pan.
  • Add the diced onions to the pan and cook, stirring, until the onions are translucent. Stir in the apple cider vinegar, whole grain mustard, sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper and ½ cup water. Simmer the mixture for 3 minutes until it has reduced to 1 cup. 
  • Pour the dressing over the potatoes, add the cooked bacon and toss to combine. Stir in the chives and serve warm. 
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Calories: 212kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Sodium: 200mg, Potassium: 614mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 50IU, Vitamin C: 12.4mg, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 1.1mg


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  1. Delicious.My mom did the same recipe but added (cooked) green beans. I also mix chopped ( raw) Belgium endive.Take me a few years back.

  2. 5 stars
    I made the for the 4th and it was outstanding. I did sub pure maple syrup for the sugar ( and x3 the recipe) – it all turned out so nicely. Served at room temp and enjoying it now for my left over lunch.

  3. This recipe looks awesome. I chose to prepare a potato salad for a New Year’s Eve gathering and I think this would be perfect. However, I would have to make it ahead of time and would have little opportunity to do any of the prep after arriving at the event. Would this stand up to being prepped several hours ahead? Suggestions for re-heating before serving? Thanks so much. I will definitely let you know how it goes!

    1. Absolutely, Ron! The flavors really intensify as it sits. It can be microwaved before serving, or I’d even suggest just keeping it at room temp.

  4. I tried the potato salad recipe and oh my it was fantastic. My son ,who is a picky eater loved it. He told me you have to make it again. Thank you…

  5. 5 stars
    I made this for the first time on Friday evening with pork schnitzel and it was amazing!!! I only had a 1.5# bag of baby gold potatoes, but I followed the rest of your recipe to the letter. I like that the potatoes are quartered instead of sliced. When I poured the hot dressing over the potatoes, I thought there was too much because of being short on the volume of potatoes, but it worked out great…I used the extra to spoon over the pork schnitzel! My husband and son raved about it, and there was only about 1 small serving left over after the 3 of us were finished with our meal (they both had seconds). I posted pics on my fb page and have been asked for the recipe lol! We will definitely be making this again!

  6. 5 stars
    This is very tasty warm salad. I also sauteed celery with the onion based on our family’s personal taste and everyone liked it.

  7. 5 stars
    I’m not one for following recipes to the letter, instead using them loosely as a guideline, but I did follow this recipe. I wanted to try it as-is, first. It was wonderful! The only thing I did add was a little Lawry’s seasoning salt & seasoned pepper to the dressing. My husband & I loved this different take on potato salad & will definitely be making it again!

  8. 5 stars
    Loved this. Made it for a casual dinner party and it was a hit. I was a bit worried it would be too much sugar but I made it as written and I thought it was a perfect balance. Definitely going to be in my regular rotation of recipes.

  9. 5 stars
    I made this for Memorial Day yesterday for the first time. It was delicious and I will be making this on a regular basis for sure!!! P.s., My kids loved it too and they’re picky eaters. Thanks for this yummy recipe.

  10. I am going to try this. I make a mean mayo based potato salad that my family and friends LOVE! My husband is partial to the german style and I have not been successful in making I….will try this tomorrow

  11. 5 stars
    I cannot think of any better dressing than Hot Bacon, unless you combine with Honey Mustard! I am a Texan and when Houston’s restaurant surprised us all in the 80’s with this dressing combination for their salads! Just trust me, we couldn’t get enough! I only like potatoes, but with this dressing I am assured I will love your potato salad! TY

    1. There’s just something about a warm bacon dressing that makes people weak in the knees!

  12. 5 stars
    This is basically how “German Potato Salad” from my region in Bavaria is made. The only addition is some beef stock (not water) and herbs BUT then it is refrigerated for several hours (best overnight) to allow potatoes to absorb dressing and flavors to meld. It is also brought to room temperature before being served.

  13. I haven’t tried your recipe yet, but I was raised on this kind of potato salad. In my city of Milwaukee, having a large German population, this is called German potato salad. This was the only potato salad my mom ever made and I make 10 batches of this to 1 mayo type.