Crispy Potato Salad Recipe


Potato salad is a beloved dish enjoyed by many across the globe, but have you ever tried a version that is both crispy and creamy? This Crispy Potato Salad combines the delightful crunch of roasted potatoes with the creamy richness of a tangy yogurt-mayo dressing, enhanced with crispy bacon and fresh herbs. Perfect for summer barbecues, potlucks, or as a delicious side dish to any meal, this recipe will elevate your culinary repertoire and impress your guests.

History of Potato Salad

Potato salad has a long and varied history, tracing its roots back to Europe and making its way to the Americas. Traditional German potato salads often feature a tangy vinegar-based dressing, while American versions typically incorporate mayonnaise. This Crispy Potato Salad merges these traditions by offering a balance of tangy and creamy, with the added twist of crispy roasted potatoes for an unforgettable texture and flavor.


For the Salad:

  • 2.2 pounds potatoes – Choose a waxy variety like Yukon Gold or Red Bliss for the best texture.
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil – For roasting the potatoes to crispy perfection.
  • Salt and pepper – To season the potatoes.

For the Bacon:

  • 3.5 ounces bacon – Adds a savory, crispy element to the salad.

For the Dressing:

  • 3.4 fluid ounces Greek yogurt – Adds a tangy, creamy base to the dressing.
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise – Enhances the creaminess of the dressing.
  • 2 cloves garlic – Crushed, for a pungent, aromatic flavor.
  • Fresh chives – Finely chopped, for a mild oniony taste.
  • 1 spring onion – Sliced into thin rings, adds a bit of crunch and freshness.
  • Pinch of salt and pepper – To taste, for seasoning the dressing.

Preparation Method

Step 1: Preheat and Prepare the Potatoes

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius (392 degrees Fahrenheit). This temperature ensures the potatoes roast to a crispy golden brown.
  2. Cut the potatoes into quarters. This size helps them cook evenly and achieve a perfect crispy exterior.
  3. Boil the potatoes in a large pan of water for about 10 minutes. Parboiling them softens the interior while maintaining structure for roasting.
  4. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pan. Briefly shake the pan to rough up the edges of the potatoes, creating more surface area for crisping.
  5. Add the olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper to the potatoes. Mix thoroughly to ensure all pieces are well-coated.

Step 2: Roast the Potatoes

  1. Spread the potatoes evenly on a baking tray. Ensure they are in a single layer to allow even roasting.
  2. Bake in the oven for about 30-45 minutes, turning occasionally, until the potatoes are crispy and golden brown. The exact time may vary based on your oven and the size of the potato pieces.
  3. Let the potatoes cool. This step is crucial as it helps the potatoes retain their crispiness when mixed with the dressing.

Step 3: Prepare the Bacon

  1. Fry the bacon strips in a pan over medium heat without any added oil. The bacon will release its fat and become crispy.
  2. Drain the bacon on a paper towel to remove excess grease. Once cooled, crumble the bacon into bite-sized pieces.

Step 4: Make the Dressing

  1. Finely chop the chives and slice the spring onion into thin rings.
  2. Combine the Greek yogurt and mayonnaise in a large bowl. This forms the creamy base of the dressing.
  3. Crush the garlic cloves and add them to the bowl, along with the chopped chives and sliced spring onion.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste, mixing everything together until well combined.

Step 5: Assemble the Salad

  1. Gently mix the roasted potatoes with the dressing, ensuring each piece is well-coated.
  2. Add the crispy bacon pieces and fold them into the salad, distributing them evenly.

Step 6: Serve and Enjoy

  1. Transfer the salad to a serving dish. Garnish with additional chives or spring onion if desired.
  2. Serve immediately for the best texture, or refrigerate for a chilled version. This salad pairs perfectly with grilled meats, sandwiches, or as part of a picnic spread.

Tips for the Perfect Crispy Potato Salad

  • Choose the right potatoes: Waxy potatoes hold their shape better and crisp up nicely when roasted.
  • Don’t skip parboiling: This step ensures the interior of the potatoes is soft while the exterior becomes crispy.
  • Cool the potatoes: Allowing the potatoes to cool before adding the dressing helps maintain their crispy texture.
  • Customize the dressing: Add a splash of apple cider vinegar or a teaspoon of Dijon mustard for extra tang.


This Crispy Potato Salad is a delightful twist on a classic dish, combining the best of creamy and crispy textures with the rich flavors of bacon and fresh herbs. It’s sure to become a favorite at your gatherings, earning rave reviews from friends and family.

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