Bacon Potato Salad

Whenever Spring rolls around, I have this intense craving for potato salad. I'm not talking about the deli potato salad you get at your local grocery store. I'm talking about the homemade potato salad that tastes so good that you can't stop eating. After looking at many different potato salad recipes, I finally decided to try the Bacon Potato Salad recipe and I have no regrets. This potato salad is absolutely phenomenal! The vinegar and mustard flavors aren't too overpowering and the bacon added a slightly smokey flavor.  If you're looking for a different potato salad recipe, this is a must try!

Bacon Potato Salad(Source: Cole's Restaurant)
1 pound Yukon gold potatoes (I used red potatoes)3 strips bacon, coarsely chopped1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, or more to taste1 heaping tablespoon Dijon mustard, or more to taste1 heaping tablespoon cider vinegar, or more to taste1/4 teaspoon smoked salt1/4 teaspoon kosher salt1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper2 green onions, chopped1 heaping tablespoon chopped fresh thyme1 heaping tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
In a medium saucepan, add the potatoes and enough water to cover the potatoes by 1 inch. Bring the pan to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender (a paring knife should easily pierce the potato), about 25 minutes. Remove from the heat, drain the potatoes and set aside until cool enough to handle. While the potatoes are cooking, fry the bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and drain the bacon onto a paper towel-lined plate. Save 1 tablespoon bacon grease and set aside in a warm place (discard the rest, or save for another use). In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, cider vinegar, smoked salt, kosher salt and pepper. Taste and adjust the dressing as desired. Set aside. Dice the potatoes into half-inch cubes and place in a large bowl. Stir in the warm bacon fat until combined. Fold in the dressing, bacon, green onions, thyme and parsley. Taste the salad and adjust the seasoning if desired. Cover and chill the potato salad before serving.