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Herbed Potato Salad with Bacon and Scallions

Recipe adapted from Danny Meyer's The Union Square Cafe Cookbook (with Michael Romano; HarperCollins; 1994).

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: Johnny Miller


  • 2 pounds red creamer potatoes, scrubbed and cut into eighths
  • 3 garlic cloves, halved
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 3 sprigs parsley, plus 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped leaves
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • Red-pepper flakes
  • 6 ounces slab bacon, sliced lengthwise into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 6 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium pot, cover potatoes with 6 cups water. Add garlic, rosemary, parsley, and thyme sprigs, peppercorns, 1 tablespoon salt, and pinch of red-pepper flakes. Bring to a boil over high. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender but not mushy, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat and let potatoes cool in cooking liquid, about 3 hours.

  2. Meanwhile, place bacon on a baking sheet and cook until crisp, about 20 minutes. When cool enough to handle, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch pieces.

  3. Reserve 1/4 cup potato cooking liquid; drain potatoes and discard herb stems. In a large bowl, combine potatoes, bacon, and scallions.

  4. In a small bowl, whisk together reserved cooking liquid, oil, vinegar, chopped parsley, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Pour dressing over potatoes and toss to combine. Serve at room temperature (or refrigerate, up to overnight).

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