How to make potato egg and bacon salad

I’ve just reluctantly returned from a few weeks spent beach side at Lorne.  It’s only been a few hours but I’m already nostalgic for salty skin, sandy hair and nights spent on the deck having drinks and a BBQ.  

Potato Egg & Bacon Salad

In perfect timing for Summer BBQs this month’s Gourmet Traveller has a potato salad special. I’m a big believer that everyone should have a go to potato salad recipe and I thought I had mine nailed.  But after working my way through some of the magazine’s recipes I’ve got a new favourite – this potato salad with an egg and bacon vinigarette.  Of course I’ve made a few changes to make it simpler and easier to make (I’m lazy like that).  I’m pretty happy with the result, especially the way the fat from the bacon acts like a dressing.  It’s like a hungover breakfast but in salad form. Perfection! 

Adding the onion to the potatoes
Adding the onion to the potatoes

600gm chat potatoes, unpeeled, halved
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
90ml red wine vinegar
4 eggs
80ml olive oil
140gm bacon, cut into lardons
1 garlic clove, thinly chopped
1 cup roughly chopped flat leaf parsley 


 1.  Cook potatoes in a saucepan of cold salted water, bring to the boil over a high heat and cook until tender.  It will take about 30 mins.  Drain and set aside.  

2.  Add onion and 2 tbsp of vinegar to the potatoes while still hot.  Mix well and season to taste.  

3.  Cook eggs in a saucepan of boiling water until boiled (7-8 mins for medium boiled yolks).  Drain, cool under cold running water then peel and set aside.  

4.  Heat oil in a frying pan over a medium heat, add the bacon and fry until crisp (5 mins) then remove from the heat and stir in the garlic.  Once cool crumble in the egg.

5.  Add the bacon and egg mixture to the potatoes and mix well.  Top with the chopped parsley and serve.  


  1. There’s nothing like a really good potato salad. And have you noticed that there are heaps of not so good potato salads out there too? This one looks good 🙂

  2. I’d never made a potato salad until a few months ago… mine was so loaded with bacon fat and richness that I called it Heart Attack Potato Salad and it’s definitely not a dish I recommend people eat too often.
    I do your inclusion of raw red onion!

  3. Onions and bacon and potatoes together – oh my! 🙂 Fabulous!

  4. I always put an abundance of boiled eggs in my potato salads. Everyone’s favourite bit!

  5. Lorraine – Agreed. There’s nothing like a bad potato salad as well!

    Kavey – Heart attack potato salad – love your work.

    Sarah – What’s not to love?

    Helen – Certainly my favourite bit.

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