Potato Salad With Bacon & Lemon Vinaigrette

Potato Salad With Bacon & Lemon Vinaigrette

This version of the perennial summer favorite is based on a traditional German recipe. It uses a tart vinaigrette rather than a mayonnaise-based dressing, and adds the crunch of bacon. Our version, naturally, tosses in lemon, along with a spicy kiss of Cayenne.
Course Appetizer, Appetizers, Salads, Side Dish
Cuisine American, German


  • 2 pounds potatoes
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 lemon zest & juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste


  • Dice the bacon, and fry in a skillet as you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  • When the bacon pieces are cooked to your desired level of crispness, drain the fat on kitchen paper, and set aside until the potatoes and vinaigrette are ready.
  • Wash the potatoes, and cut them into either quarters (if they are larger) or halves (if they are baby potatoes).
  • Place them in a saucepan and cover with water. Add a pinch of salt, and bring to a boil.
  • Cook until fork tender, but still largely firm, or about 20 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the pieces.
  • Drain and rinse. If they are particularly fragile, you’ll want to let them cool for about 10 minutes before continuing.
  • Place the potatoes in a large bowl, and sprinkle with the lemon zest, stirring gently to distribute.
  • Add the bacon pieces.
  • In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, Dijon mustard and Cayenne pepper. Beat together until well combined.
  • Season with salt to taste.
  • Pour over the potatoes and bacon, tossing lightly to combine.
  • Season with black pepper to taste.
  • Serve warm, or cover with plastic wrap, and let it cool in the fridge for about an hour to serve cold.


Note: Choose firm potatoes, ideally fresh – not baking potatoes.
Keyword Lemons
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