Pressure Cooker | August 3, 2018

Grilled Potato Salad

Crispy salty on the outside, soft and warm in the sides. Fresh herbs, tangy dressing and BACON. Grilled potato salad will be your new go-to side once to take one bite!

grilled potato salad in a white bowl

All summer long we are grilling burgers, hot dogs, cooking up fries and grilling veggies. Sometimes its tricky to figure out an unique side- But this goes perfectly AND (big perk here) I use my instant pot to pre-cook the potatoes so there is never any stove or oven turned not to heat up the kitchen.

A close up of grilled potato salad on a white dish

How to make grilled potato salad with herb bacon dressing

The Potatoes

The potatoes to use are very small baby potatoes or fingerling potatoes. They do need to be softened before they are able to be grilled. There are two ways to do this.

  1. PREFERED METHOD: pop these little potatoes in the instant pot, with 1 cup water, for 4 minutes and quick release.
  2. Boil potatoes whole for about 5-7 minutes.

potatoes in a pan of water

Slice the potatoes in half, cover with olive oil and some sea salt. Also slice a purple onion and do the same. It’ll be grilled at the same time as the potatoes!

potatoes and onion on a baking sheet

Preheat your grill so the metal is nice and hot. The hot grate will sear the potatoes. Turn the grill down to medium- med/high heat place the potatoes face down on the grill and let them sit for a few minutes. You don’t flip the potatoes, but do flip the onion once.

potatoes cut side down on grill

Remove from the heat and toss with the rest of the ingredients..


The best bacon for this salad is to buy and cook your own fresh bacon then crumble. You can use precooked, or real bacon crumbles from a bag but they don’t have the same flavor and additional flavor to the salad that fresh bacon adds.

grilled potatoes, chopped bacon, grilled purple onion and dressing in bowl

Herb Dressing

I LOVE this herb dressing. It’s similar to an chimichurri. It’s perfect for smothering over veggies and meat. The best part about this recipe is that there is leftovers! You set aside the extra dressing for whatever protein or veggies you make to accompany the salad.

  1. Mince all herbs and garlic together. Whisk with oil, vinegar until well incorporated. You can even pulse a few times with a blender.
  2. add just a couple of tablespoons to the rest of the potatoes salad and toss! You’re Done!

chimichurri herb dressing

Pro-Tip: Make the dressing a few hours ahead of time so all the herbs and flavors have time to settle and marry together. Toss everything- bacon, chopped grilled onions, grilled potatoes and dressing- right when the potatoes and onions come off the grill. The flavors will seep into those warm potatoes.

grilled potato salad in bowl

We love to serve this potato salad with burgers, grilled chicken, and especially this Santa Maria Tri-Tip. Always use the extra chimichurri herb dressing for topping the meat :) ALWAYS.

grilled tri-tip and grilled potato salad on platter

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grilled potato salad on platter
Grilled Potato Salad and Herb Dressing
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Smokey, crispy potatoes topped with crumbled bacon, grilled onions and a fresh delicious chimichurri herb dressing. Comes together in minutes using the instant pot and a quick grill. 

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: america
Keyword: Chimichurri Dressing, potato salad
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 463 kcal
Author: Desarae
  • 1.5-2 lb fingerling potatoes or baby potatoes
  • 1/4 red onion sliced long
  • 3 pieces bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
chimichurri herb dressing
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 shallot optional
  1. Wash potatoes. Place in instant pot with 1 cup water and cook high pressure 4 minutes, quick release. OR boil potatoes for 5-7 minutes, just until they are fork tender. 

  2. Cut potatoes in half and rub generously with olive oil.

  3. Take red onion and slice, 2 slices, keeping rings together. rub both sides with olive oil. 

    potatoes prepped for grilling
  4. Pre-heat grill on high heat for about 5 minutes. Turn down heat to med/med-high and place potatoes flat side down on grate. allow to cook for about 3-5 minutes. until the skin becomes crispy but not burnt. Turn the onion halfway through. Remove onion when soft. 

  5. chop onion. Cook and chop bacon. Toss potatoes with  2-3 TBS of the dressing, onion and bacon while hot. Serve immediately. 

Chimichurri dressing
  1. Mince all herbs and garlic, and wisk vigorously with the red wine vinegar, salt and olive oil for 1 minute. Allow to sit for at least 1 hour before tossing with potatoes. Add about 2 tbsp of dressing to the potatoes, bacon, and onion. Toss. Save remainder of dressing for salads, veggies or grilled meat!

  2. If desired you can add all dressing ingredient into blender and lightly blend until ingredients are minced to desired coarseness. 

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Potato Salad and Herb Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 463 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 277mg12%
Potassium 547mg16%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 285IU6%
Vitamin C 26.6mg32%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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