Creamy Corn and Potato Salad with Bacon and Lemon Buttermilk Dressing

The creaminess of the potatoes is punctuated by the pop of the crispy corn and crumbled bacon.

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Serves 4 to 6
Serving Size: 4

Corn and Potato Salad with BaconThe standard thing to say in almost every recipe that features corn is that fresh corn kernels are preferable, but that during non-corn-season moments frozen or canned is fine. That’s true here, and I love me my frozen corn (this Cheesy Mashed Potato Topped Shepherd’s Pie would not make as many appearances on the table in the colder months without that fantastic convenience product), but boy, is this good with fresh barely cooked sweet corn in the summer.  A perfect way to use up a few leftover ears.

If you love the corn part of this salad, add as much as you like.  You could even make it into a corn salad punctuated with potatoes if you were so inclined.

The dressing is tangy from the lemon juice and buttermilk, and the creaminess of the potatoes is punctuated by the pop of the crispy corn.  Potato salad is often sorely in need of some texture, and this one doesn’t disappoint.  If you really want another bit of crunch, add 1/2 cup of finely diced celery.

If you are a regular potato salad maker you know that potatoes can absorb dressing pretty significantly.  It might seems like quite a bit of dressing at first, but it will thicken up quite a bit on standing.  And if you refrigerate it, even more.  If at all possible I try to make and serve potato salads without them ever seeing the inside of a fridge, but if you do want to make it ahead you surely can.  Just let it come to cool room temperature before serving.  I don’t really get the appeal of a chilled potato salad.

This is the perfect thing to serve up with barbecue, grilled meats, burgers.  Some burger options are Deviled Burgers,  Chipotle Barbecue Turkey Burgers, Fork-in-the-Road Burgers (with a Kick), or Grilled Cheeseburgers with Herb Sauce.

If you are thinking to bring this to a picnic or other potluck event you might remember to pack the extra crumbled bacon in a separate little baggie or container and sprinkle it on at the end to preserve the crunchiness, but if you don’t remember?  Eh.  You brought potato salad, you’re awesome.  Double or triple this at will

And I’m just going to say it – if you want to double the amount of bacon in this salad I think that’s a very fine idea.

close up corn and potato salad

Other potato salads to know and love:

Classic Potato Salad with Celery and Fresh Thyme

Egg and Potato Salad with Bacon (yes, I clearly have potato salad and bacon issues)


Creamy Corn and Potato Salad with Bacon and Lemon Buttermilk Dressing


Creamy Corn and Potato Salad with Bacon

  • 4 Yukon potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • Kosher or coarse salt to taste
  • 1/2 red or yellow onion, minced
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 cups cooked corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced or chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon, divided

1. Scrub the potatoes and cut them into ½ inch dice. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil over high heat, add the potatoes, cover the pot partially and return the water to a simmer, then reduce the heat so that the water stays at a simmer. Simmer for about 15 minutes until the potatoes are fork-tender. Drain the potatoes but do not rinse, and let the potatoes cool for about 10 minutes in the colander.

2. Meanwhile in a small bowl mix together the onion, yogurt, buttermilk, mustard, lemon juice, zest, and salt and pepper.

3. Place the potatoes, corn, basil, and bacon in a large bowl, pour the dressing over and toss to mix well. Turn into a serving bowl.

What the Kids Can Do

Measure and mix together the dressing, crumble the bacon, stir together the salad. There are also any number of add ins that would be great here, and this is a great opportunity to see what ideas the kids have (hints: sliced scallions, minced bell peppers for more crunch, halved cherry tomatoes, little cubes of mozzarella)

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2 thoughts on “Creamy Corn and Potato Salad with Bacon and Lemon Buttermilk Dressing”

  1. Corn, basil and bacon in potato salad – perfect!! Pinned:)

    1. Katie Workman says:

      summer, here we come!!

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