Whether it is for just a side with a beautiful piece of steak or for a family BBQ, nothing beats this delicious potato salad with egg and bacon.
And the best part is you can put anything you like in it, as it is such a versatile recipe.
My family loves when I make this. And if I haven’t made it in a while, my kids start to ask for it.
My children even eat my potato salad with egg and bacon on its own, and I am unable to go a Christmas without the extended family asking me to make it for Christmas day if we have salads with lunch or dinner.
And I am confident that you will love this salad just as much.
Which potatoes are best for a salad?
When you want to make a potato salad, you can use any potato, but there is a particular type that comes highly recommended. Waxy potatoes are perfect to put in any potato salad that you want to make. They hold their firm texture well, making them great to put up with all the tossing about in your Potato Salad with egg and bacon.
Yellow Finn, Yukon Gold, and red potatoes are just some of the waxy varieties needed for your salad.
These potatoes have a thin and smooth skin. They are quite low in starch but high in moisture, which helps them to hold their shape while boiling or baking them.
When you go looking for these types of potatoes in your local supermarket or greengrocer, you may not find anything that is called waxy potatoes. Instead, look for boiling or salad potatoes or the varieties that I mentioned above or in the list below.
But in saying all that, do not overthink the type of potatoes you are going to use.
Even though the potatoes mentioned above are best for the potato salad with egg and bacon recipe, it is not required.
Not everyone has access to the above or your budget may not accommodate for certain potatoes. So get what is best suited for you also.
I have on many occasions used just the standard brushed potatoes, I monitor them carefully till the potatoes are cooked through, but still firm for the salad. And they taste just as nice.
If you would like more information about the potato types and tips for cooking them, be sure to check out my blog post Now about Potatoes. And in case you may be wondering where I go to purchase my potatoes, I usually go to Coles Supermarket or my local green grocer.
Can you make potato salad the day before?
Of course, you can, and this is what makes this recipe so much easier. My opinion, potato salad with egg and bacon tastes much better when it has sat in the fridge overnight than when it has only just been made.
As long as you store your potato salad in an airtight container, you can make it the day before or even days before if needed.
Should you cut potatoes before boiling for the potato salad?
It would be best if you always cut your potatoes before boiling them for the potato salad.
I cut mine into 2 centimetre or 1-inch cubes or pieces, and keep them as evenly sized as possible to ensure they all cook through at the same time.
Should the potatoes cool before making potato salad?
It depends on the type of dressing you are going to be using on your potato salad.
If you are using a mayonnaise-based dressing like the one needed for my potato salad with egg and bacon, then yes you need the potatoes to cool for a minimum of 30 minutes.
Allowing potatoes to cool will stop the mayonnaise from becoming oily when you mix it through the salad.
If you are using a vinaigrette dressing, you need the potatoes to be warm still, so do not allow them to cool. It will enable the potatoes to absorb some of the vinaigrette and create more flavoursome spuds.
Can you boil potatoes a day ahead for potato salad?
If you want to get a jump start on making your potato salad the day before, but only want to get the potatoes cooked. You can do this and store them in the fridge overnight.
Be sure to let your potatoes cool completely, then put them in an air-tight container and place them in the fridge until the next day.
You can even do this with your eggs as well if you like.
How long can you keep a potato salad in the fridge?
If you are like me and like to make a more substantial amount than what the recipe makes, you can store your potato salad with egg and bacon in the fridge for up to five days.
Tips for storage:
- Keep in a well-sealed container.
- Throw any potato salad that has been out of the fridge longer than 2 hours.
How long do I boil eggs for potato salad with egg and bacon?
For this recipe, you need your eggs to be hard-boiled, but you do not want to overcook them either. For a nice fluffy texture in the centre, but cooked through follow these steps.
- Cover the eggs in cold water, about an inch above the eggs.
- Cook over high heat until they come to a full boil.
- Turn heat down to medium-high heat.
- Simmer for 6 to 7 minutes.
How to make potato salad with egg and bacon.
Simple Homemade Potato Salad with Egg and Bacon
- 10 Medium Potatoes
- 8 Eggs
- 1 cup Diced Rindless Bacon
- 1 cup Spring Onion
- 490 g Mayonnaise
- Peel and cut the potatoes into 2 cm pieces. Then boil in well-salted water until cooked. Be careful not to overcook them.
- While the potatoes are cooking, cook the eggs until they are hard-boiled. Drain and allow to cool in cold water until cool enough to hold and then peel.
- If you are not already using pre-diced bacon pieces. Cut your bacon into small pieces, making sure you remove all the rind. Saute the bacon pieces and put aside to cool.
- Once the potatoes are cooked through, drain and leave to cool down.
- Place the cooled potatoes into a large bowl. Cut eggs in half and then cut each half in quarters.
- Add the bacon pieces to the potatoes and eggs. Chop the spring onion sprigs (enough to fill 1 cup), then add to the bowl.
- Add the mayonnaise to the bowl and thoroughly mix through.