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Quick Bacon Potato Salad

My family was tired of the same old potato salad at family functions, so I created this with the ingredients I had on hand. Now I'm always asked to bring it to potluck gatherings. —Tami Gallagher, Eagan, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 4 cups cubed red potatoes
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 7 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1/3 cups mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons prepared ranch salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 4 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain.
  • In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, onion, bacon and parsley. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Pour over potato mixture; toss to coat. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until chilled.

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  • Valley
    Jun 30, 2019

    easy and yummy

  • NoodleNel
    Jun 26, 2019

    This my family's favorite potato salad recipe. My daughter goes hog-wild over this! She coulfd eat the whole bowl herself!

  • chamie7
    Jun 27, 2018

    Less mustard - more ranch, less dressing overall

  • Gramma Amy
    Jun 10, 2017

    Nice twist to traditional potato salad. After reviewing all the comments, I chose to use half sour cream and half mayo. Next time I will make less dressing. I will use the full amount of mustard, I will add a little more salt and pepper. My first batch has more dressing than we prefer... you cannot see the veggies and potatoes like shown in the picture. They are covered in dressing. I chose to add a little chopped celery to mine as well. Flavor is good. I will make this again.

  • sherrylzinke
    Nov 22, 2015


  • Violal
    Sep 17, 2015

    Just the way recipe said.

  • summyb
    Jul 15, 2015

    My friends and I absolutely loved this. When I read other reviews about too much mustard, I was careful to use only one tablespoon at first, but when I tasted it I definitely wanted the extra tablespoon. Delicious. I kind of missed the hard boiled eggs that are in a lot of potato salads, and will probably put those in next time. For me, the dressing amount was just right, and super creamy and delicious.

  • 75Sally
    Jun 20, 2015

    I do not like traditional potato salad but I prepared this for a lobster supper for friends and family. It was a hit. And enjoyed by all. Will definitely do it again.

  • CYNTN37043
    Jul 23, 2014

    This is delicious and a nice change from ordinary potato salad. This salad has been a hit at several potluck dinners.

  • dalajohnson
    Jul 12, 2014

    very good, however i took out the vinegar and added balsamic dressing