Cheddar Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

04.02.2017

Every now and then, I love to splurge a little and have something deliciously satisfying and perfectly comforting, like this simple and hearty Cheddar Bacon Ranch Potato Salad!

This potato salad only takes 5 ingredients — red potatoes, cheddar cheese, salty crispy bacon, creamy ranch dressing and sliced green onions. What’s not to love there? Yeah, this is a side dish you’ll have on repeat especially during these warmer months ahead.

large bowl of cheddar bacon ranch potato salad with a spoon

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

What makes this potato salad with bacon easy to make and why it calls for so few ingredients is because instead of a homemade potato salad dressing, it’s made with a bottle of ranch dressing. I know, normally I’m all about making things from scratch but sometimes when I find a good product, I love a good shortcut.

I made this potato salad with the new Hidden Valley® Ranch Simply Ranch Dressing. I’m actually really excited about this product! It’s bottled ranch dressing made without any artificial flavors, preservatives or colors.

Instead it’s made with real ingredients like buttermilk, garlic, onion, herbs and spices and I like it better than the original! It has a delicious flavor and of course that same classic velvety smooth creamy texture.

Don’t miss out on trying the ranch with this loaded potato salad recipe, it’s the perfect spring and summer side dish! You can’t go wrong with that bacon cheddar ranch flavor combo.

bowl of cheddar bacon ranch potato salad on a green towel

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Potato Salad Ingredients

For this loaded potato salad, you’ll need:

  • Red potatoes
  • Bacon
  • Hidden Valley Simply Ranch Dressing
  • Green onions
  • Shredded cheddar cheese

How to Make Potato Salad with Bacon

  • Boil the potatoes until fully tender, then drain and let cool.
  • In a large bowl, toss together the cooled potatoes, ranch dressing, crumbled bacon, sliced green onions and shredded cheese.
  • Serve immediately or chill up to 24 hours before serving.

cheddar bacon ranch potato salad in a bowl with a spoon

How Long Should I Boil Potatoes for Potato Salad?

This is a red potato salad recipe, so you’ll need dice the potatoes into 1-inch chunks and then boil for around 10 minutes. Add the red potatoes to a pot of cold water, then bring to a boil. This will give you super tender potatoes for your potato salad.

Can I Use Another Type of Cheese?

Yes, feel free to use any shredded cheese you have on hand in this recipe. I personally like sharper cheeses, like cheddar, in this recipe, otherwise it gets overwhelmed by the other ingredients.

Tips for the Best Potato Salad

  • If you want the bacon to be crispy when you serve this loaded potato salad, serve it immediately after making. The bacon loses its crispiness the longer it sits in the dressing.
  • Feel free to reserve some of the crumbled bacon and sliced green onions for garnishing the potato salad.
  • Taste the potato salad after you’ve combined all the ingredients, and add salt and pepper if needed.

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Cheddar Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

5 from 1 vote

Such an easy flavorful potato salad recipe! Just cook potatoes in boiling water, drain and toss with ranch, cheese and green onions. A new summertime staple!

Servings: 6
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs petite red potatoes, diced into bite size chunks (about 1-inch)
  • 2/3 cup Hidden Valley® Simply Ranch Dressing
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I used medium)
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions
  • Salt and pepper (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cook potatoes in boiling water: Add potatoes to a pot. Add enough water to cover potatoes by about 2-inches. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat then reduce heat to medium and allow to boil until potatoes are fully tender, about 10 minutes. 

  2. Drain potatoes: Carefully pour potatoes into a colander to drain. Set aside to cool (to speed cool them run them under cold water until cool).

  3. Toss potatoes with dressing, and mix-ins: Pour cooled potatoes into a large mixing bowl. Add in ranch, cheddar, bacon and green onions, toss to coat. 

  4. Season as desired: season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve or cover and chill up to 1 day (if you like the bacon crispy wait to add it until ready to serve).

Recipe Notes

  1. You can set aside a few tablespoons of the bacon and green onions for garnish if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Cheddar Bacon Ranch Potato Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 373 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 533mg 22%
Potassium 767mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 5.3%
Vitamin C 18.1%
Calcium 16.3%
Iron 8.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: potato salad
Calories: 373 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

33 comments

  • Annella Wheatley: This is so good! We had this as part of Christmas lunch in Australia and are now enjoying the leftovers. I added extra ranch dressing on Boxing Day as it seems to soak into the potatoes when it’s been in the fridge overnight. A really delicious salad I’ll be making again and again. Thank you. December 26, 2018 at 7:39pm Reply

  • Haley: Why is it only good for a day? October 12, 2018 at 2:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It should actually be fine for 2 or 3 just best the 1st day. October 15, 2018 at 5:00pm Reply

      • Haley: What happens if it’s in the fridge for 5 days October 15, 2018 at 5:10pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: I’d just recommend using your best judgement. Most food is definitely still edible after 5 days but past its prime. October 15, 2018 at 5:41pm Reply

  • Haley: Can I use regular ranch or a ranch packet and if so how much September 16, 2018 at 2:51pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes regular ranch or a ranch packet made according to package directions. Use 2/3 cup of either or. Hope you enjoy! September 17, 2018 at 12:43am Reply

  • Melissa: This is a great potato salad. My mom even liked it and she is really a picky eater. Thanks, for sharing the recipe. December 16, 2017 at 7:41pm Reply

  • Carole: Calories? July 22, 2017 at 10:27pm Reply

  • Kayla: Have you served this cold? Is it as good cold or is hot preferable? July 20, 2017 at 2:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Either way is good :). July 21, 2017 at 12:26pm Reply

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