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Green Bean and Potato Salad

Green Bean and Potato Salad with a Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword green-bean-recipes, green-bean-salad, green-beans-with-potatoes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 351kcal
Author Melissa Sperka


  • 1 28 oz package whole frozen green beans or the equivalent of fresh
  • 12 small red potatoes
  • salt & black pepper
  • Bacon Vinaigrette
  • 6 slices bacon
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 medium shallot (Or ¼ cup red onion) minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • cup sugar
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • ½-2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt


  • Steam the green beans per the instructions on the bag.
  • Boil unpeeled whole potatoes, in salted water until fork tender, around 15 minutes.
  • Drain well, cut in half. Place both the drained green beans and potato halves into a large mixing bowl and season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Set aside.
  • Vinaigrette: Snip the bacon using kitchen shears into a frying pan. Season with freshly ground black pepper. Fry the bacon until crisp, then use a slotted spoon to remove from pan.
  • Drain all but 2 tablespoon bacon drippings from pan.
  • Add shallot to the pan and saute in the bacon drippings for 1 minute or until tender and golden. Add the minced garlic and saute for about 1 minute.
  • Using a stand blender, blend together sugar, red wine vinegar, cooked shallot and garlic, Dijon, thyme, and salt.
  • Slowly add the vegetable oil while blending until emulsified and slightly thickened.
  • Toss the green beans and halved potatoes with the warm vinaigrette. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper if desired.
  • Garnish with crumbled bacon.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.


I like to make this dish about 30 minutes or so, prior to serving it. I mix everything together, then allow it to sit covered on the counter before placing it into the serving dish. The longer it marinades in the vinaigrette the more tangy and flavorful the green beans become. Then toss and sprinkle with the bacon just before serving


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 381mg | Potassium: 972mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 21IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 2mg