4th of July Side Dish: Bacon and Red Potato Salad

I love a good potato salad.  The issue is that there are so many potato salad recipes out there that I don't like.  They have too much mayo, not enough onions, or they have mushy potatoes.  Through a little trail and error, I have found the perfect potato salad for me!

The key to this fabulous side dish (which would be excellent at a summer potluck or 4th of July gathering) is that it uses red potatoes, red onions, green onions, eggs, and BACON!

Here are the simple directions.  I was able to find all of the ingredients at my local Walmart; you will need:
  • 8 medium red potatoes
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • 3 sliced crisp bacon, crumbled
  • 1 cup mayo (not salad dressing)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • paprika for color
Mix the mayo, vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt, pepper, and paprika in a bowl until smooth.  Stir in both kinds of onions and chill while preparing the potatoes.

Cut the potatoes in half, leaving skins on, and boil them in a pot of water with the two eggs.  The potatoes are done when you can stick a knife through them, but they are not mealy or crumbly (a sign of being overcooked.)  When done, drain, rinse with cool water and place in the fridge for 30 minutes, or until cool.

Cut the cooled, cooked potatoes into chunks.

Mix into the chilled sauce and onion mixture.  Peel and dice the eggs, and add them with the bacon into the salad.

Mix well and chill an additional 30 minutes before serving.

Here's a tip:  If you are using fresh eggs, or find that the shells are hard to peel from your eggs, cool them immediately in an ice water bath after cooking!

This is such a delicious dish.  For even more flavor, you can also add diced, ripened avocados!

Do you have a favorite potato salad recipe?  Give it a little holiday kick by adding different mix-ins, fresh garden ingredients, or a variety of potatoes.  You can choose an assortment of potatoes that can make any dish bright and colorful (like red, yellow, and sometimes -- even purple!)