Loaded Potato Salad Recipe
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Loaded Potato Salad Recipe

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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
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 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.
Originally published as Loaded Potato Salad in Simple & Delicious April/May 2013, p55

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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."

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