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Southern-Style Potato Salad

Southern-Style Potato Salad

All eyes are on this southern-style potato salad made with bits of bacon and a tangy dressing! Who can can resist salty and savory bacon mixed with soft potatoes and a host of seasonings?! Bring this potato salad to a BBQ or simply serve as a side for an all-around favorite dish.

Most potato salads (like this one and this one) are made with a homemade mayonnaise dressing base. If you don’t prefer mayo, or are looking for a mayo-free version, this is your salad. In fact, French-style potato salads are often made without a mayonnaise base, and instead are made with an herby olive oil-balsamic dressing, like this one.

Even though this is a mayo-free potato salad, it’s important to keep it refrigerated because bacon needs to be kept cold. Be sure to choose a well-sourced bacon from a farmer’s market, local grocer or quality butcher shop. Serve with a bunless burger or chicken dish!

Southern-Style Potato Salad Recipe

Serves: 4Prep: 20 minCook: 30 min

Protein: 10g / %

Carbs: 47g / %

Fat: 24g / %

Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.


  • 6 to 8 russet or sweet potatoes, diced
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 tbsp. coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. chili flakes
  • 4 bacon slices, cooked and minced
  • 3 tbsp. fresh parsley, minced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. cooking fat
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Fast Prep Fast Cook Cooking: Stovetop Dairy-free Egg-free No Sweeteners Nut-free Shellfish-free Kid-friendly Budget-friendly

Potato Salad preparation


  1. Cook diced potatoes in boiling water until tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Drain the water and let potatoes cool.
  3. Melt cooking fat in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Add the sliced onions and cook until lightly caramelized, 10 to 12 minutes, then set aside.
  5. Add the coriander and cumin seeds to the skillet and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. In a bowl, combine the onions, grilled seeds, oregano, chili flakes, bacon, parsley, olive oil and red wine vinegar.
  7. Whisk together, and season to taste.
  8. Add the potatoes to the onion-bacon sauce and gently toss.
  9. Eat right away or serve cold.