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Ranch Potato Salad Recipe

Ranch Potato Salad Recipe

Lynn Breunig of Wind Lake, Wisconsin jazzes up creamy potato salad with cheese, bacon and ranch salad dressing. "My sister asked for the recipe as soon as she tried it," she writes.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Ranch Potato Salad

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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"

Delenn's Grandma User ID: 5634152 68009
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"This is the only potato salad that my daughter and granddaughter will eat and they love it. We all do."

linsvin User ID: 1584655 131772
Reviewed May. 31, 2011

"Love this salad! This truly went together very quickly. I love garlic so I added 2 cloves of freshed crushed garlic to it. Yes the green onion suggestion was just what it needed. Would definitely double for a large gathering."

rondha sullivan User ID: 4890595 81241
Reviewed May. 22, 2011

"my daughter made this on mothers day a couple years ago was gooddddd only thing there wasent enought double the recipe every one will love it"

bethtanner User ID: 5090854 152804
Reviewed May. 4, 2011

"Very yummy. I prefer sour cream mixed with ranch dressing mix, so its a little thicker. Also I added green onions, but either way very good."

c4smm User ID: 5934895 153993
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2011

"I’ve made this a few times with rave reviews. I am embarrassed to tell people the recipe because of how easy it is to make! I cut the potatoes before I cook them and use fresh bacon. Love this recipe!"

kpeown User ID: 4421873 81236
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"Just made this last night and it was DELICIOUS! I did add some celery and onion but I'm sure it would be just as good w/o it. Will be making this again soon!"

jhunt User ID: 3145416 131708
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2010

"I have made this about 5 times, each time it is a winner"

noraroberts User ID: 3288478 134422
Reviewed May. 15, 2010

"This is a delicious twist on potato salad. People were looking for 2nds and 3rds but it was gone. The only change I made was to add chopped shallots and chopped celery for added flavor and crunch. Will definitely make again and again"

janice3056 User ID: 4716158 68179
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2010

"great recipe will definitley make again. i did add chopped green onion."

jhunt User ID: 3145416 63188
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2008 Edited Sep. 13, 2010

"This is a very good potato salad. It is different from what I normaly cook. that is why I decide to try it. My family loves it."

missnatlynn User ID: 1069302 68178
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2008

"This is a great quick and easy recipe! I love the flavor. It's great hot and cold."

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