Bacon And Basil Potato Salad
A backyard bbq, potluck, or picnic just isn’t complete without the classic Potato Salad. Potato Salad has been classic a little too long, at least in the common onion and celery way but this one is quite different, with just a few ingredients. This particular Soyfree Potato Salad, I created from my love of Basil Aioli and salty, crispy bacon. It can be made with or without onion, either way is good, so do whichever you prefer. It is a pretty simple Soy free Potato Salad, but it has a lot of flavor and is kind of addicting. I should know, I can’t make a lot of this stuff cause I can’t help myself, well actually I help myself a little too much if ya know what I mean.
Being Soy-free is especially hard on us lovers of potato salad since mayo is made from Soy Oil. Now days we have a few options out there but we are left to making it ourselves. So far I haven’t seen a restaurant even be knowledgable about Soy let alone have an alternative mayo. I hope they are out there somewhere, and it catches on big restaurant chains very very soon. Oh I could go on about how ridiculous it is that even though Soy is one of the top 8 allergens, restaurants are not on board with educating their staff, creating substitutions, or making really any effort towards the future. As GMO’s are on the rise and Soy being, I think I have read about 90% Genetically Modified, and Food Allergies and Sensitivities continuously increasing, they will eventually have to change. It is a matter of how long will they wait? Okay I will vent about this later, although now I am all fired up. Everything is about Gluten and Peanuts and that is about it. I know I did it again. It makes me so frustrated.
Fill with water to just about 1 inch above your largest potato. Bring to a boil add garlic salt (about a tsp.) and reduce to a medium low or a good simmer.
Meanwhile get a large bowl with a lid and add your Soy-free Mayo, 2 tsp. Garlic Salt, minced fresh garlic, crumbled bacon and a little salt and pepper and stir it until well combined.
Drain potatoes when done and add them to a glass bowl filled with ice water to cool them down and to stop them from cooking.
Bacon And Basil Potato Salad
Soy free, Dairy free, Gluten Free Potato Salad
- 2 1/2 – 3 lbs. small waxy Organic Potatoes (I have used red, white and yellow I just try to get Organic)
- 1/2 sweet white or red onion diced (optional)
- ~About 1 Cup Soy-free Mayo Note: This can vary depending on the type of alt. mayo you choose, some Soy-free Mayo’s like Veganaise Soy-free absorbs more so you need to use more, other’s made with canola or homemade with a grapeseed, or olive oil may take less or right about 1 cup.
- 1 Cup loosely packed fresh Basil
- 4-5 large cloves garlic minced
- 2 tsp. Garlic Salt Plus more for pot
- 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper to taste (I use ~1 tsp. each)
- 6-8 strips cooked bacon (nitrate free, humanely raised), crumbled
- Cook your bacon until crispy, crumble and set aside.
- Clean & scrub your potatoes well and add to an appropriate sized pot. Fill with water to just about 1 inch above your largest potato. Bring to a boil add garlic salt (about a tsp.) and reduce to a medium low or a good simmer.
- Meanwhile get a large bowl with a lid and add your Soy-free Mayo, 2 tsp. Garlic Salt, minced fresh garlic, crumbled bacon and a little salt and pepper and stir it until well combined. You can adjust for taste after you add your potatoes.
- Thinly Chiffonade your Basil and cut it lengthwise so the pieces aren’t so long, then add it to your large bowl and mix well.
- Check your potatoes for doneness. I use a fork and poke the middle of each potato and see if it falls off the fork easily. Drain potatoes when done and add them to a glass bowl filled with ice water to cool them down and to stop them from cooking.
- Dice your cooled potatoes and add them to your mayo bowl. Fold the diced potato into your mayo mix with each addition. Adjust your salt and pepper after all your potatoes are added.
- Refrigerate for a couple hours. Although I like mine warm Enjoy!
Note: If you would like some helpful tips on types of potatoes and cooking time for Potato Salad, I like Inspired Taste’s Post.