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Warm Potato Salad with Bacon and Onion Recipe – A simple, savory potato salad perfect for summer parties, camping, potlucks and picnics!

Warm Potato Salad with Bacon and Onion Recipe - A simple, savory potato salad perfect for summer parties, camping, potlucks and picnics! //

Since I shared the recipe some time ago for  my Mama’s Southern Potato Salad I immediately decided I had to create my own recipe for the other potato salad. It’s this Warm Bacon Potato Salad with Bacon and Onion. So very similar to the one  I loved so when we traveled in Germany, it’s warm, bacon-y, light, and has no mayonnaise, eggs, or mustard. This potato salad is so savory, delicious and just perfect for summer, camping trips and picnics!

Warm Potato Salad with Bacon and Onion Recipe

With this recipe, I think I came so close to that warm potato salad we enjoyed in Germany! It’s so simple to make and goes well with so many meals. It doesn’t contain mayonnaise and eggs, so it travels incredibly well. Perfect for picnics, days at the beach, and camping.

How to Make Warm Potato Salad with Bacon

First, boil your red potatoes until they are fork tender, about 20 minutes. Drain your potatoes and cut into large wedges. Add them to a very large bowl.

For the last 15 minutes or so that your potatoes are cooking, cook the bacon until crispy and crunchy. Then using a slotted spoon, remove the bacon from the skillet and add to the large bowl filled with your potatoes.

Now, throw a diced onion into the skillet with the bacon grease to cook until just tender. Then remove the onion from the skillet with a slotted spoon and add to the bowl with the potatoes and bacon.

Make the Dressing:

To the bacon drippings that remain in the skillet, add white vinegar, water, a little sugar, and Stone House Seasoning. Cook until it has thickened and then pour over potatoes, bacon and onions.

Then toss it all together with the dressing until it’s all well-coated and serve warm. So delicious!

This is a salad you’ll definitely want to try this summer!

While my first potato salad love will always go my Mama’s recipe I gobbled up since I was a child, this recipe surely satisfies my craving for that warm, German potato salad I enjoyed on my trip.

More Favorite Side Dishes and Salads

Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Southern Macaroni Salad

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze

I have many more side dish recipes for all types of entertaining, celebrations or to enjoy with your family supper!

Here’s my Warm Potato Salad with Bacon Recipe. I hope you enjoy it!

5 from 4 votes

Warm Potato Salad with Bacon and Onion Recipe

Side Dish 30 mins

Warm Potato Salad with Bacon and Onion Recipe - A simple, savory potato salad perfect for summer parties, camping, potlucks and picnics! //
Cook Time 30 mins
Servings 6 servings
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone
Warm Potato Salad with Bacon and Onions is a simple potato salad to pull together and perfect for summertime entertaining and camping trips!


  • 3 pounds red potatoes
  • 8 slices bacon cooked and diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion diced
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Stone House Seasoning


  • Boil red potatoes until fork tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and cut potatoes into wedges. Add to a large bowl for mixing.
  • In a large skillet, add diced bacon and cook until crispy, about 5 minutes. Remove from skillet with a slotted spoon and add to potatoes.
  • Add diced onion to skillet and cook until tender, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from skillet with a slotted spoon and add to potatoes and bacon.
  • Combine vinegar, water, sugar, and Stone House Seasoning in a small bowl. Pour into skillet with the bacon drippings and cook until it thickens, about 1-2 minutes. Pour over potatoes and toss until all ingredients are well-coated. Serve warm.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 623mg | Potassium: 1103mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 20.2mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1.8mg

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  1. This sounds amazing, however I do have one question. Do you use the bacon grease as part of the dressing or is it removed from skillet prior to making the dressing? Thanks for posting it!

    1. Thanks so much, Wendy. Yes, you use the bacon drippings for the dressing. I hope you enjoy it!

  2. I can’t even begin to explain how much I want this! I always want to like potato salad but hate mayo so this is the best! 🙂

  3. I just recently discovered warm potato salads… They are just fabulous! Can’t wait to give this one a try!

  4. I could eat this for breakfast! So yummy. I’ll share on FB and Twitter. Happy weekend, Robyn!

  5. This is a great potato salad, Robyn! I love your addition of crisp bacon and caramelized onions. Great flavors!

  6. This type of potato salad is my favorite. Like I could eat it all day everyday 🙂

  7. Yup, I’d eat that in a heartbeat! Anything with bacon and I’m there. Thanks for the recipe! Saving!

  8. Lawdy, lawdy, you had me at the bacon and caramelized onions! As much as I love mayonnaise, I don’t really care for mayonnaise based potato salads. This version, however, I’d happily dig my face into!

  9. I should probably eat something before stopping by here Robyn. My stomach is growling now. Potatoes are a fave and this is something I need to whip up soon. This would be perfect for Memorial Day.

  10. Looks so delicious!! This will be excellent for a picnic…cause you gotta have potato salad for a picnic!!!!! Thanks Robyn!

  11. Wow! This would be so perfect for this weekend – and I just bought bacon! Thanks for sharing, Robyn.

  12. I can’t count the times I’ve eaten this dish, it’s also highly used here in Denmark were we have a tradition of eating a lot of potatoes and bacon.
    Although many are now using turkey bacon as an healthier option, instead of pork bacon. 😉

    Your Chocolate Sheet Cake looks so good, but I have one question before I try making it. And that’s the stick of butter it’s the standard 113 grams right.?

  13. Hi there!
    I just want to thank you for sharing this awesome recipe. I am featuring your dish on my blog today. Thank you again!!

  14. 5 stars
    I’ve just started learning how to REALLY cook at the age of 29. I just made this for my family (husband and 19 month old daughter), and it disappeared! Thank you!!!

  15. Hi Robin,
    thanks for the wonderful recipes!!!
    i’ve lived in Germany for 8 years and have tried ur beloved potato salad….but not with red potatoes….i don’t even recall seeing them in supermarkets….i’ll have to look…
    am not in love with the salad i much prefer my mother in law’s one,the all american one….funny huh?u in love with what i have here,am in love with what u have there!!!
    have a great weekend!!!!,

  16. 5 stars
    I’ve made this side a couple times for my husband & friends, it is ALWAYS a hit! That vinegar just adds such an amazing taste. I’m going to make this for our family’s Easter Dinner on Sunday, here’s hoping I’ll impress the in-laws!

  17. Warm Potatoe and Bacon salad.
    What is Stonehouse seasoning. I live in Canada and have never heard of it. What would be a substitute?
    Thanks in advance for your reply

  18. This recipe sounds fabulous! How much celery seeds do you add to your dressing? You mention it when reading how to make the recipe but do not show it in the actual recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Pat,
      I’m sorry I have now corrected the post; the recipe was correct. Sorry if this was confusing. Hope you like the recipe!

  19. I just love this. I tried it for my last camping trip and it was simply delicious.
    I have one question. Is it okay to make the salad with other kinds of potatoes?
    Thanks for the great recipe, Robyn. 😀

    1. Thanks, Luna Regina!
      Yes, you can use other potatoes. I have just found that we like the taste and texture of the red potatoes best!

  20. I probably make my salad more like your mom , I add chopped pickles and I don’t cook the onion or the dressing .I just mix it in a bowl and than add it to the potatoes . I’ve never use the seasoning but will be anxious to try it . Thank you for the new recipe .

  21. 5 stars
    Even my German Oma (grandma) would have loved this Robyn! I was always taught to add a big bunch of fresh flat leaf parsley & a teaspoon of celery seeds to my German potato salad but I loved yours much more. PERFECTION!

    1. Thanks so much, Rachelle. It really means a lot that you think your German grandmother would have loved my recipe. xo

    1. I’ve never frozen the potatoes for this recipe, Deborah, but you can freeze potatoes. If freezing the potatoes, don’t cook them completely. They should still be slightly firm. When ready to make the salad, thaw them in the refrigerator. I would then follow the recipe and boil them until fully cooked according to the recipe.