Cheddar, corn and bacon potato salad with red, white and 'blue' potatoes is a great side dish for summer BBQs, cookouts, picnics and parties!
And in the summertime, potato salad is a staple. It’s great for picnics, BBQs, holidays and any night when you’re grilling out.
I love, too, that it’s make-ahead, so if we’re coming back from a day at the pool, it’s just ready for us while my husband throws some chicken or fish on the grill and I steam a vegetable. Ah, simplicity.
Today I’ve got a fun, patriotic red, white and blue version for you in this cheddar, corn and bacon potato salad. It’s loaded up with deliciousness and will satisfy with every bite.
It's perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day get togethers.
The colors, to start, cannot be beat.
Purple potatoes are one of my most favorite things in the world. Purple being my favorite color and potatoes being my favorite starch. Yes, you can use all regular potatoes but that just seems a little sad when you could have this beautiful mix instead. Just saying...
Beyond the colors, the flavor here is incredible!
It’s perfectly creamy with the mayonnaise and Greek yogurt balance, plus a hint of acidity from the vinegar (my favorite trick for potato salad) and then the cheddar cheese adds another layer of creamy goodness that gets folded in along with some fresh summer corn.
You’ve also got some subtle spice and smokiness from the cayenne and paprika and the gorgeous crunchy, crumbled bacon piled up on top.
I’m not sure there’s a more appropriate side dish to serve for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day or any of your summertime gatherings.
Notes on cheddar, corn and bacon potato salad:
- Make sure your potatoes are all in an even layer in your pot when you cook them so that they cook through evenly. Also, don’t let them go too long. You want to be able to slice them without them falling apart into mush. Check starting at around 18 minutes, and every two minutes, until they are ready.
- I like to hit the cooked potatoes with vinegar while they’re still warm. They drink it in and it gives an easy depth of flavor that can’t be added in later.
- The bacon gets soft when mixed in and refrigerated with this potato salad, which I don’t really mind. You could save all of it to serve on top of the potato salad when you’re ready to eat or you can mix in half and reserve half, like I suggest here.
And, I must say, this cheddar, corn and bacon potato salad goes exceptionally well with my cheddar chicken burgers from Monday. I’ve got one more great summertime and Memorial Day recipe for you coming on Friday, so don’t miss it!
Also, don't miss the Great Blogger BBQ round-up below! I've teamed up with some fellow food bloggers to bring you 50 recipe ideas for barbecue season, with everything from appetizers and drinks, to sides and mains to desserts!
Let's get to cooking!
- 2 lbs. red, white and purple potatoes mix (I used a mixed bag of fingerlings)
- 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar, divided
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ½ cup corn (fresh from about 2 cobs or corn or frozen corn, thawed)
- 4-6 slices bacon
- 4 green onions, chopped (light green and green parts)
- ½ cup mayonnaise (I use reduced-fat)
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt (I use non-fat)
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne (optional)
- Cook whole potatoes in boiling salted water for 20-25 minutes, until almost tender. Be sure to use a big pot so they are in an even layer on the bottom.
- Drain and let cool slightly, until cool enough to touch. Slice the potatoes into ½-inch pieces and place in a large bowl. Pour 2 tablespoons of the white wine vinegar over the potatoes while they are still hot. Let cool completely.
- Meanwhile, cook and crumble your bacon and shred your cheese.
- In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, remaining teaspoon of white wine vinegary, sugar, paprika, salt, pepper and cayenne, if using. Stir until smooth.
- Place the cooled potatoes in a large bowl. Add corn, shredded cheddar cheese and about half of the bacon and green onions. (See notes.)
- Add the mayonnaise and Greek yogurt mixture and stir until everything is well coated. Refrigerate at least an hour and up to 24 hours.
- When ready to serve, top with the remaining bacon and green onions. Enjoy!
This potato salad is meant to be made ahead, so please plan accordingly.
The bacon that gets mixed into the potato salad before it gets refrigerated will soften. You can reserve all of the bacon until you are ready to serve if you want to ensure it all stays crispy.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 319Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 607mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 11g
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