EASY BLT Potato Salad
You only need 5 ingredients to make this BLT potato salad. You get crunchy bacon, tender potatoes, peppery arugula, and a tangy dressing. And it whips up in no time, making it a potluck go to.
With summer picnics, potlucks and BBQs taking up weekends, it is super important to have the perfect side dish and salad recipe in your back pocket so you can shine. And this one takes very little effort and is absolutely delicious.
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What You Need for BLT Potato Salad
So let’s talk a little bit more about this tasty BLT Potato Salad. It is already made regular appearances at our table because it’s just so good. I mean, what is not to love about this super easy to make loaded potato salad. You have greens, juicy tomatoes, crispy salty bacon, and the tender and flavorful READ German Potato Salad, making it easy as can be.
No need to wash, cook, or chop your potatoes, and no dressing to mix up. They do it for you! Here is what you do need:
Bacon: Obviously this is a must for a BLT. Cook it up nice and crispy. I like to bake mine, but you can cook it whatever way you prefer, or make life even easier by purchasing already cooked bacon.
Lettuce: I opted to use arugula for mine because it holds up with the dressing well, adds a nice peppery flavor and I like how it looked. But romaine or another sturdy lettuce is a great choice and can be substituted.
Tomato: I opted for Roma tomatoes and removed some of the seeds so it would not be as juicy and runny. But again you can swap for your tomato preference. Halve grape tomatoes, use campari tomatoes, or whatever you are growing in your kitchen garden. Just be sure to dice them up and remove excess seeds.
Red Onion: This is an optional ingredient, but I like the extra crunch and flavor it gives, and it combines with the dressing very nicely. Just be sure to dice small so you don’t get a mouthful of onion.
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Since we are about to be knee deep in potato salad season, I thought why not use the READ German Potato Salad to make a loaded BLT potato salad? The potatoes are already cooked and sliced, and they are canned with a delicious dressing that fits this BLT salad perfectly. Making it so simple. Just open the can, and stir it all up with the other ingredients.
Is BLT Potato Salad a Main or a Side?
The answer is both! This BLT Potato Salad can be easily served as the main course because it’s so hearty and tasty. But it is also the perfect potluck side salad for serving with grilled meats, and burgers or brats.
How to Make BLT Potato Salad
I like that I can make it ahead of time by simply chopping up all the ingredients and setting them aside. Then when I am ready to serve it, I can just toss it all together. The potatoes can even be warmed a little so the dressing becomes runnier, it’s delicious served slightly warm or cold. So pick your preference.
For a short recipe tutorial, you can watch the recipe video but it honestly so eazy peazy. Here is how to make it:
- Prepare the bacon: In an oven, or in a skillet, over medium-high heat, cook the bacon until crisp and evenly browned. Then, drain, and set aside. Once cooled, chop or crumble.
- Prepare the tomatoes: Dice and de-seed the tomatoes, so you have nice, even sized pieces.
- Prepare the onion: Finely dice the onion.
- Prepare the potatoes and dressing: Open the can of READ German Potato Salad.
- Assemble the dish: Combine READ German Potato Salad, arugula, tomatoes, bacon, and onion in a large salad bowl. Toss to combine and coat with dressing, and serve immediately.
How do you keep potatoes from turning brown/black?
One problem a lot of potato salads has is the potatoes start to turn brown or black, but with this recipe you do not have to worry about it. The READ German Potato Salad will keep those potatoes nice and white! Making it as beautiful as it is tasty.
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BLT Potato Salad
- 15 ounce READ® German Potato Salad
- 3 Roma tomatoes diced
- 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
- 2 cups baby arugula
- 6 pieces of crispy cooked bacon crumbled
- Cook bacon to crisp using your favorite method, then crumble or chop into bite sized pieces. Set aside.
- Wash baby arugula. Set aside.
- Dice tomatoes and remove any excess seeds in order to reduce the amount of liquid in this salad. Set aside.
- Finely dice red onion, and set aside
- Open can of READ® German Potato Salad, remove lid, and dump into a large salad bowl.
- Add in bacon, arugula, diced tomatoes, and finely diced red onion. Mix together in a large bowl and serve immediately.
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.