Ranch Potato Salad Recipe
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Ranch Potato Salad Recipe

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I make this creamy potato salad with cheese, bacon and ranch salad dressing. My sister asked for the recipe as soon as she tried it. —Lynn Breunig, Wind Lake, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 2 pounds red potatoes
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) ranch salad dressing
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 package (2.8 ounces) real bacon bits
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash garlic powder

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 316 calories, 22g fat (6g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 649mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein.


  1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until tender.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients (dressing will be thick). Drain potatoes and cut into cubes; add to the dressing and gently toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until chilled. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Ranch Potato Salad in Quick Cooking March/April 2005, p10

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climbergirl User ID: 6556579 249023
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2016

"This recipe is delicious! It's my favorite potato salad. It's gotten rave reviews every time I've contributed it to a shared meal. One person asked that I bring it again next time because it was so good.

I find it works better to boil the potatoes the day before and refrigerate them overnight before adding the other ingredients. This also makes it easier with prep to just have to toss it together the day you plan to eat it. I also add green onions. I don't know how much, but probably a good half cup or a little more. Whatever looks good.
This is a very small recipe. I always double it."

DeboraLZ User ID: 7556927 230893
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2015

"This recipe is best with the larger bacon bits."

WagnerLes User ID: 1893875 131714
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2014

"I wanted to find an easy recipe for a potato salad with no mayo, and I found a keeper with this one! Sometimes I substitute cauliflower for the potatoes, so delish."

ChandiP User ID: 3885565 68010
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2013

"This was a wonderful salad to bring to a family get together. It's a nice change of pace to the regular potato salad. I did add dry chives and replaced the store bought bacon bits for homemade. It was very easy to put together even the newest of cooks could make this and seem like a pro"

guerrat User ID: 5839170 58975
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2012

"Hubby prefers this over a straight Mayonnaise potato salad!"

jcmeast0305 User ID: 6717754 58974
Reviewed May. 31, 2012

"I used a 16 oz bottle of Hidden Valley Buttermilk Ranch. I also doubled the cheese and spices. I left the potatoes and bacon as indicated in the directions. This was sooo good! Will definitely make it again!"

Bonnette23 User ID: 4903706 134447
Reviewed May. 29, 2012

"Really good! I used homemade ranch dressing, and about 5 slices of bacon. Some of our guests thought it needed a little salt, but I thought it was fine."

junipertree User ID: 1761024 152806
Reviewed May. 28, 2012

"I can't eat garlic but I can eat the rest.. I used Clover Valley Ranch dressing made with buttermilk, and the good brand bacon bits.. It was awesome, My husband said he could make a meal out of it without anything else to eat.. He just loved it!"

DSoetenga User ID: 1294859 63190
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2012

"This potato salad is nice when you have to put something together quickly!"

wedding91805 User ID: 5532633 148773
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"I doubled this recipe for Thanksgiving. Everyone loved it. I used real bacon and crumbled it up. I used extra bacon to give and extra crunch. I do not like potato salad at all never have and I finally found one that doesnt have a mayo, mustard egg celery taste. This is quite different. I love it and am making it again this week. I have already passed the reciped to several family members who loved it. Tammy Pressnell Springfield Ohio"

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