A plethora of fresh herbs, caramelized onions, baby potatoes enraptured in a light and tangy yogurt Champagne mustard vinaigrette, crispy salty bacon, and of course hard-boiled eggs. What would a potato salad even be without the hard-boiled eggs? Such questions should never be pondered.
This herby potato salad will be the darling of all of our bbqs, potlucks, and outdoor picnics that we are frantically stuffing into the remainder of our summer (whyyy summer must you go by so fast?). Summer gatherings are frankly incomplete without a rockstar potato salad. Get ready to fangirl over these spuds.
How We Make This Rockstar Potato Salad
Two letters: I-P.
Yup. The Instant Pot is doing that magical thing that it does (for more IP magic see here and here). One pot. 4 minutes at high pressure. Perfectly cooking potatoes and hard boiling eggs together at the SAME TIME. Whaaaat. Mind blown.
Even if you don’t have an IP, don’t fret lovely. I’ve got you covered as well. Potato salad with fresh herbs and caramelized onions is accessible to all.
Let’s get cooking!
While the IP is pressurizing and doing its magical thing with the potatoes and eggs, we’ll be freed up to prepare the other elements of our salad.
- First, let’s sauté the bacon until it renders to crispy, irresistible perfection. Once perfection hits and we find ourselves sneaking bits of bacon, we’ll switch it out for some sliced onions. The sliced onions will cook down in the bacon drippings (don’t throw out the bacon drippings!) until they are golden caramelized slivers of beauty begging us to sneak another sampling. Cooks must always taste test before serving.
- Next, we’ll mix together the mustardy vinaigrette dressing. It’s a light, tangy, creamy combo of greek yogurt (I prefer this over the typical mayo or miracle whip dressing found in potato salads) and a homemade Champagne mustard vinaigrette. It takes just a couple of minutes to whip together and provides a flavorful dressing to marry all of our potato salad ingredients together. Don’t you love food weddings? Sigh…
- Finally, let’s chop some fresh herbs: dill, mint, flat-leaf (Italian) parsley, and chives.
Three steps that take us just about the same amount of time that the IP will need to perform its pressure cooking magic on the taters and eggs. There is something supremely satisfying in this simplistic multitasking efficiency. Say that 5x fast.
While we gaze in awe and wonder at our perfectly pressure cooked potatoes, plunge the hard-boiled eggs into an ice bath to prevent them from cooking further and to theoretically aid in shells that easily peel. Once the eggs have cooled completely, peel their shells, and chop the egg.
Grab a big bowl or large serving dish. Toss the potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, bacon, caramelized onions all together with the dressing. Then mix in the fresh herbs.
But don’t forget to taste test first. ?Print
Fresh herbs, caramelized onions, crispy salty bacon, hard-boiled eggs, and baby potatoes are combined in a light and tangy Champagne mustard vinaigrette dressing. A tasty rendition to the popular classic potato salad! A perfect side dish for any bbq, potluck, or summertime gathering!
Champagne Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing
- 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
- 2 tablespoons stone ground mustard
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 1 tablespoon red onion, finely diced
- 1/3 cup greek yogurt
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 pounds baby red and yellow potatoes, halved
- 4 eggs
- 4 slices bacon (I used Hempler’s uncured bacon), cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 large sweet onion, peeled and sliced 1/4-inch to 1/8-inch thick
- Champagne Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh flat leaf (Italian) parsley, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
Champagne Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing
- Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and whisk to combine.
- To the Instant Pot (*see Notes below for stovetop directions for cooking the potatoes and eggs), add 1 cup water and place a steamer basket inside the pressure cooker pot. Place the halved potatoes in the steamer basket and lay the eggs on top of the potatoes.
- Close and lock the lid on the IP. Position the steam release handle to Sealing. Press the Pressure Cook function (or your IP might say Manual instead) and use the [+] or [-] button to set pressure cooking time to 4 minutes. Press the Pressure Level function to set the cooking pressure to High.
- While the IP is cooking the potatoes and eggs, sauté the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until the bacon renders and turns into crispy perfection, about 8-10 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Set aside.
- Add the sliced onion to the skillet with the remaining bacon drippings. Cook at medium heat, stirring occasionally to help prevent the onions from sticking to the skillet. Continue cooking until the onions become soft and translucent, and turn a beautiful caramelized blonde color, about 15-20 minutes. If it seems like your bacon didn’t render much fat and the onions are browning too quickly, add a little bit of butter or olive oil to the skillet until the onions are caramelized to your preference. Once the onions have caramelized, remove skillet from heat and set to the side.
- Once the IP has finished pressure cooking the potatoes and eggs, turn the IP off and perform a quick pressure release by turning the steam release valve to Venting. After the pressure is released and the float valve drops down, carefully remove the lid. Remove the steamer basket from the pot and set the potatoes to the side. Place the eggs immediately into an ice bath to prevent them from cooking further.
- Once the eggs have cooled completely, peel and coarsely chop.
- To the large bowl with the Champagne mustard vinaigrette dressing add the potatoes, eggs, bacon, caramelized onions, and the fresh herbs. Toss gently to combine.
- Garnish with more fresh herbs and fresh ground pepper and serve!
Stovetop directions for cooking the potatoes and eggs: Place the potatoes in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and cook until fork-tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain the potatoes and set aside. Place the eggs in a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat, cover and let stand 6 minutes. Drain and place the eggs immediately into an ice bath to prevent them from cooking further and allow them to cool completely before peeling their shells.
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Instant Pot, Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
I bet you’re one of those people who like to sneak extra hard-boiled egg chunks from the potato salad onto your plate. I see you. (Only because you beat me to it. ?)