Loaded Bacon Ranch Potato Salad is a tasty twist on your classic potato salad recipe. This loaded potato salad recipe is made with fresh potatoes and loaded with bacon, ranch and cheese.
Loaded Bacon Ranch Potato Salad Recipe
The best summer recipes are all the side dishes! Yes there are all the amazing grilling recipes like Grilled Steak, shish kabobs, grilled chicken, grilled salmon, hot dogs, sausage and hamburgers (especially the amazing Hawaiian burger my family loves so much!) but the side dishes really make the summer meals.
Ranch is my favorite potato salad flavor. Yes of course classic potato salad is amazing, there is no denying that but add some ranch dressing and bacon and you have the most amazing potato salad recipe ever! This is seriously the best potato salad recipe ever, my kids always ask for me to make it all summer long!
Looking for more summer salad recipes? Check these out!
- Asian Cucumber Salad
- Strawberry Spinach Salad
- Egg Salad Macaroni Salad
- Easy Fruit Salad
- Chickpea Pasta Salad
- Pasta salad with tuna
- Italian Pasta Salad
Can you Make potato Salad the day before?
Yes! In fact I think potato salad tastes even better the day after it is first made when all of the flavors can combine together while in the fridge.
What are the Best potatoes for potato salad?
You want potatoes that will hold their shape when you boil them and then mix them with the dressing. The best potatoes for potato salad are Yellow Finn, Yukon Gold, and red potatoes, all of which hold their shape when they’re cooked.
Should I cut potatoes before boiling for potato salad?
Yes. Cut those potatoes before boiling them. This will cut down on the cook time and be sure everything is cooked evenly. If you are wanting to peel the potatoes, peel them then cut them.
How to store potato salad
Properly stored potato salad will keep in the fridge for 3-5 days. To properly store potato salad, store in an air tight container and store in the fridge.
Tips for Making the best potato salad
Do not over boil the potatoes. Over boiling the potatoes will make for a soggy potato salad.
Allow everything to cool enough. Potato salad is best served cold. You don’t want to stick hot potato salad in the fridge, be sure to allow the potatoes to cool enough before adding the rest of the ingredients and to cool it enough after mixing everything together.
Add the potatoes to cold water then boil. You may have been told forever to boil the water then add the potatoes. Trust me and do it with adding them at the same time, this way all of the potato is cooked evenly.
Loaded Bacon Ranch Potato Salad Recipe Ingredients
- ranch dressing
- red onion diced
- shredded cheddar cheese
Loaded Bacon Ranch Potato Salad Recipe Directions
Wash the potatoes and cube. If you want to peel the potatoes you can but it is not a must.
Fill a pot with cold water and add the potatoes to the water.
Over high heat bring the potatoes to a boil and boil potatoes in a pot until they are soft enough that you can stab them with a knife easily about 15 minutes), then drain.
Let the potatoes cool for 30 minutes.
While potatoes are cooling cook bacon on the stove until crispy then drain on a paper towel and once cooled crumble into little pieces and set aside.
Dice the large red onion and shred the cheese if needed and set aside.
In large bowl mix potatoes, bacon, cheese, onion and ranch dressing. Mix everything well and be sure everything is coated well with the ranch dressing.
Put the potato salad in the fridge for about 30 minutes to cool the rest of the way.
After the potato salad has cooled completely top with green onions and additional cheese if desired before serving.
Love Bacon and Ranch? Check these recipes out!
- Chicken Bacon Ranch Chaffle
- Crockpot Bacon Ranch Chicken
- Bacon Ranch Pasta Casserole
- Bacon Ranch Zucchini Boats
- Turkey Bacon Ranch Pinwheels
Loaded Bacon Ranch Potato Salad Recipe
- 3 pounds potatoes
- 1 pound bacon
- 1.5 cups ranch dressing
- 1 large red onion diced
- 2 cups cheddar cheese
- Wash the potatoes and cube. If you want to peel the potatoes you can but it is not a must.
- Fill a pot with cold water and add the potatoes to the water.
- Over high heat bring the potatoes to a boil and boil potatoes in a pot until they are soft enough that you can stab them with a knife easily about 15 minutes), then drain.
- While potatoes are cooling cook bacon on the stove until crispy then drain on a paper towel and once cooled crumble into little pieces and set aside.
- Dice the large red onion and shred the cheese if needed and set aside.
- In large bowl mix potatoes, bacon, cheese, onion and ranch dressing. Mix everything well and be sure everything is coated well with the ranch dressing.
- Put the potato salad in the fridge for about 30 minutes to cool the rest of the way.
Comments & Reviews
Karen Propes says
I love this recipe, I have been wanting to make a potato with some filling added. This is right up my alley, I love baked potatoes and bacon, so this will be a treat. Good for lunch, I’ll just cook the bacon ahead of time and put in fridge. Thanks for sharing.