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Loaded Potato Salad Recipe

Loaded Potato Salad Recipe

Get a load of this: sour cream, bacon, shredded cheddar, green onions and more come together to give you all the richness of restaurant potato skins at your next picnic. —Monique Boulanger, Greenwood, Nova Scotia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:8 servings


  • 2 pounds red potatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 pound bacon strips, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup creamy Caesar salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup ranch salad dressing
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Coarsely ground pepper, optional


  • 1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook 15-20 minutes or until tender.
  • 2. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, until crisp. Remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 3 tablespoons drippings.
  • 3. Drain potatoes and place in a large bowl. Add bacon and reserved drippings; toss to coat. Refrigerate until chilled.
  • 4. Whisk the mayonnaise, dressings, sour cream and mustard in a small bowl. Pour over potato mixture; toss to coat. Stir in onions and cheese. Sprinkle with pepper if desired. Yield: 8 servings.

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maryHodges User ID: 3263641 249011
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2016

"Great recipe! I make it about once a month for the family plus I often take it to potlucks. I make my own Caesar and ranch dressings as needed so I don't have to keep those on hand. I also use the precooked bacon which I finish in the microwave. I heat it on a paper plate then scrape the bacon grease into the salad. I don't get the full amount called for, but still get some of that good flavor."

zookeeperk User ID: 819663 229196
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2015

"I made it exactly as the recipe was written, my family LOVED this potato Salad!!!"

TaRnNnN User ID: 8438690 229059
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2015

"The best potato salad ever. This was a total hit! The only thing I did different was I didn't have bacon at home but had bacon bits. Every 2tsp of bacon bits is equivalent to 1 bacon strip. So I had added about 24 tsp. Then with not adding bacon I needed to add salt and that I added to taste."

bjpalmer User ID: 467168 227196
Reviewed May. 31, 2015

"I have made this a few times. My husband loves it! It was a real hit when I served it at a 4th of July party. I followed the recipe as directed. Try this!"

rllewis7 User ID: 7124309 227085
Reviewed May. 28, 2015

"This recipe is a really nice twist on potato salad. I left out the mayonnaise because I didn't think my salad needed the extra moisture; but, the dressings added a lot of depth in flavor."

hchambers User ID: 7140928 226921
Reviewed May. 25, 2015

"Excellent potato salad. I made this for a potluck and it was a huge hit. I think you could play around with the salad dressings a bit to change up the salad."

cbenne12 User ID: 7424916 225156
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2015

"Very strong flavor. I think next time I will cut down the dressings."

MY REVIEW User ID: 3820395 196948
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2014

"Not your average potato salad.....real crowd pleaser!"

pstephens134 User ID: 7794236 120547
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2014

"I made this today and followed the recipe exactly. It is delicious. My husband said this is definitely a "keeper"."

Carmen21212 User ID: 6643800 122662
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2014

"Just made this today and think it's great. Nothing like the potato salad I'm used to but it's a nice change. I will make it again."

misscoffeepot User ID: 7519492 213152
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2014

"I took this to a family party, and everyone loved it. It was a bit "rich" for my personal tastes, but would be a good one to switch it up once in a while"

cflinta1 User ID: 6535043 116286
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2014

"The first time I made this I followed the recipe and it was wonderful. The next time I added a few chopped hard boiled eggs and omitted the bacon grease, which made it even better. Also followed SimpleFoods suggestion about adding the dressing to the hot potatoes. That simple step bumps up the flavor tremendously! Thanks for that suggestion!"

LKCast User ID: 4409572 187979
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2014

"I made the recipe as listed and it was just FANTASTIC! Wouldn't change a thing.


mccinc2 User ID: 3507476 197859
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2014

"Very good!! Taste best if served warm. You can reheat leftovers in the microwave. I would use a little less dijon mustard next time."

SimpleFoods User ID: 7160373 181714
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2014

"Can't wait to make this version of one of my favorite things: potato salad. I will do one thing differently - and somebody else mentioned this - When making potato salad, I always put the salad dressing on the potatoes while still hot, or at least still warm. There is SUCH a delicious difference!"

CLDK User ID: 7285416 139034
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2014

"I was a little skeptical on this recipe but tried it anyway and it turned out to be very good."

rebelwithoutaclue User ID: 4288906 196940
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2014

"Wow, this was good! added the bacon drippings to the sour cream and subbed in chunky blue cheese dressing for the Caesar dressing. Was out of Caesar! Next time I will sub in Green Goddess Dressing for the Ranch Dressing or Blue Cheese. Many ways to go to give it a different spin."

smvac User ID: 2998052 181713
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2014

"Delish. Just a quick note to reviews that are not 5 star rated but the people haven't made the recipe. Doesn't seem fair to me."

msfairlady User ID: 5065838 181712
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2014

"I haven't made this but have enjoyed it. If you want a change up for any leftovers, heat it in the oven until cheese melts and everything is bubbly and heated through! Yummy X2."

nyvalerie User ID: 5391935 181711
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2014

"Very good potato salad! Loved the bacon and varied dressings. Only hint: DO NOT CHILL POTATOES BEFORE ADDING DRESSINGS -- freshly cooked, warm potatoes grab the flavors added much better than cold! Refrigerate AFTER all ingredients have been mixed. Yum!"

daycaresahm User ID: 957214 126380
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2014


cindiak User ID: 221828 137844
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2013

"The bacon and drippings really make this salad great. I made it exactly as written - have already had requests from our guests for the recipe."

szahradnik User ID: 6754187 137810
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2013

"I made this just as recipe reads. I ended up e-mailing the recipe to dinner guests. Very good! ( They loved the bacon in it!)"

san70 User ID: 1728565 181709
Reviewed May. 15, 2013


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