Corn and Bacon Salad


This is a great recipe that I've modified over the years. The flavors are terrific and the ingredients and ratios are very flexible. Adapt it to make it your own specialty. It is a go-to, clean-out-the-refrigerator kind of dish. It also stores well and actually tastes better the next day, making it perfect for picnics and potlucks. Serve warm or chilled.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 5 ears corn, shucked

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 3 slices bacon, chopped

  • ½ pound Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into cubes

  • salt to taste

  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the corn and cook until slightly soft but still crisp, about 5 minutes. Cut corn kernels from the cobs; discard cobs.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir bacon in hot oil until browned and crispy, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain, reserving drippings in the skillet.

  3. Cook potatoes, stirring occasionally, in the same skillet over medium heat until potatoes are golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add red bell pepper and salt; cook and stir until peppers are tender, about 5 minutes more.

  4. Stir corn kernels into potato mixture and cook until corn is heated through, about 5 minutes.

  5. Pour corn-potato mixture into a large bowl. Add bacon, red onion, cider vinegar, and red pepper flakes; toss to combine.

Cook's Note:

You can use 3 cups thawed frozen corn for the fresh corn, and any color bell pepper you like.

You can substitute rice vinegar for the cider vinegar, and onion powder for the red onion.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

217 Calories
7g Fat
35g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 217
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 178mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 47mg 236%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 441mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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