Pancetta Potato Salad with Lemony Herb Vinaigrette

Pancetta Potato Salad with Lemony Herb Vinaigrette

Every summer I go on a quest. A quest to come up with something new and tasty for summer potlucks. It’s not as easy as you might think. There’s a reason why coleslaw and potato salad are BBQ staples. They’re cheap, easy, stand up to heat, and can easily be multiplied to make huge quantities. These were the prerequisites for my quest. Oh yeah, and it had to be really, really good. And appeal to foodies and picky eaters alike. I never said I didn’t love a challenge!

Pancetta Potato Salad with Lemony Herb Vinaigrette

So, when something has to appeal to everyone and be really good, I usually start with bacon. I used pancetta because I wanted a little bit of smokiness, but nothing overwhelming. And of course, potatoes are cheap and plentiful in the summer. To balance out the pork and starch, I made a really bright lemony vinaigrette with tons of herbs.

Pancetta Potato Salad with Lemony Herb Vinaigrette

The salad ended up being exactly what I needed. I took it to a BBQ on Saturday and everyone ooh-ed and ahh-ed. A quest completed, I now have a new addition to bring to the summer potluck circuit.

8 Comments

  1. This sounds fabulous! I’m always on the lookout for non-mayo potato salads

  2. This looks amazing and going on my must eat list. Love your blog and keep up the great work!

  3. This looks great! I am also constantly looking for tasty and easy dishes to bring to potlucks. I look forward to trying this.

  4. I made this tonight but I omitted the meat. It was so delicious!! Thanks for a great recipe.

    Can I ask what type of cookware you usually use?

  5. I can’t wait to make this!! Thanks for sharing :)

  6. This is the first potato salad I’ve raised an (favoritive) eyebrow at, I think because a.) pancetta and b.) no mayo. :) I’ll try it with the potatoes in my CSA this week!

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  8. Wonderful to find a delish potato salad without mayo. Just printed and will make this weekend. Thank you!

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