This bacon potato salad without mayo is perfect for any time of year. It can be served warm or cold! This easy side dish features red potatoes, bacon, green beans, corn sliced almonds and a dressing that has olive oil, red wine vinegar and herbs. This light side dish is perfect for so many gatherings!
Bacon Potato Salad Recipe without Mayo
This Bacon Potato Salad Without Mayo is made with canned corn and canned green beans, two varieties of canned veggies that we always have to have in our pantry.
In general, I love to keep a stocked pantry to make it easy on me when it comes time for meal planning. With the holidays around the corner, having pantry staples like canned vegetables on hand is essential for busy weeks and also for holiday dishes!
However, I also like to make this recipe with frozen or fresh corn. For the green beans, sometimes I'll make extra green beans for dinner and use the leftover for this potato salad.
Easy side dishes
When it comes to planning a menu, side dishes tend to be difficult for me to choose for some reason.
Maybe it has to do with the fact that you usually don't have a side dish ready to go in the freezer, whereas we usually keep meat in the freezer so I can pull together an entree quickly.
I tend to rely on easy side dish recipes to solve that problem for myself. I love side dish recipes that I can pull together with just a few ingredients that I usually have on hand or have in my pantry.
When I shared my Veggie Packed Pasta Salad Without Mayo recipe, I mentioned that I don't like mayonnaise. This has stopped me from being able to enjoy classic side dishes like pasta salad and potato salad.
But then I found a way to make my own light, healthy vinaigrette dressing to go with potato salad so now I can enjoy a mayo-free potato salad. It's similar to the Italian Marinade I use on pork chops, which makes this a great menu pairing.
Here's what you'll need to grab at the grocery store to make this easy potato salad without mayo:
- red potatoes
- bacon (cook it ahead of time)
- canned green beans
- canned corn
- sliced almonds
And then for the mayo-less dressing, here's what you'll need:
- olive oil
- red wine vinegar
- dried oregano
- dried basil
- dried rosemary
- dried thyme
How to make potato salad without mayo
The first step is to cook your potatoes. Start by quartering them (or halving them if they are petite red potatoes) and place them in a saucepan of room-temperature water. Bring the water to a boil and cook potatoes until they are fork tender. Drain water and let cool while you work on the rest of the ingredients.
Cook your bacon with whatever method you prefer. I love to make bacon for breakfast and save some leftover pieces for this recipe! My friend Erin has a great tutorial on how to bake bacon, which is handy if you need to be hands-off to focus on other things in your kitchen or simply don't want the splattery mess!
Heat the canned corn and grean beans either in the microwave or in the same saucepan from the potatoes (after they are done cooking), using the liquid from the can while heating the veggies. Then drain the liquid.
In a mason jar, combine ingredients for dressing. Shake well!
In a large serving bowl or dish, mix together potatoes, corn and green beans. Top with chopped, cooked bacon and almond slices. Pour the dressing over everything. Mix together and sprinkle an extra dash of herbs and salt.
How do you make dressing for potato salad without mayo?
This mayo-free potato salad dressing is made with olive oil, red wine vinegar, herbs, and a dash of salt and pepper. Combine all of the ingredients in a mason jar and shake it up!
What kind of potatoes are best for potato salad?
Less starchy potatoes like red potatoes and fingerling potatoes are best for potato salad. When possible, stay away from starchy varieties like russet potatoes. In a pinch, yukon gold potatoes will work well, too.
When can you serve this Potato Salad Without Mayo?
This dish is perfect for so many occasions. People always think of potato salad as a summer side dish, but potato salad is actually perfect year round. You could even add in some pickled fennel for a boost in fresh, zesty flavor.
By using canned veggies, you can always have many of the ingredients on hand. A few ideas of when you could serve this easy side dish:
- Make hamburgers or turkey burgers and pair it with this mayo-free potato salad.
- Serve with grilled chicken or steaks year round.
- Serve it alongside your holiday turkey for a nontraditional holiday side dish.
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For the potato salad:
- 1.5 lbs red potatoes
- 6 pieces of bacon, cooked
- 1 can green beans
- 1 can whole kernel corn
- ¼ cup almond slices
POTATO SALAD DRESSING WITHOUT MAYO:
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon basil
- ½ teaspoon rosemary
- ½ teaspoon thyme
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- Quarter potatoes (or halve them if they are petite red potatoes) and place them in a saucepan of room-temperature water.
- Bring the water to a boil and cook potatoes until they are fork tender. Drain water and let cool while you work on the rest of the ingredients.
- If needed, cook your bacon with whatever method you prefer.
- Heat the green beans and corn in the microwave or in the same saucepan from the potatoes, using the liquid from the can while heating the veggies. Drain liquid after cooking.
- In a mason jar, mix ingredients for dressing.
- In a large serving bowl or dish, mix together potatoes, corn and green beans. Top with chopped, cooked bacon and almond slices and pour dressing over everything. Mix together and sprinkle an extra dash of herbs and salt.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 241Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 310mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 7g