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Loaded Ranch Potato Salad

Loaded Ranch Potato Salad is a creamy potato salad full of bacon, cheddar cheese, and Ranch seasoning. You can’t go wrong with that flavor combination. It’s the perfect side for you next cookout or potluck.

Loaded Ranch Potato Salad in a serving bowl.


Warm weather isn’t too far away and that means it’s time to start thinking about picnics and potato salads. Every picnic and cookout needs a good potato salad and this one is one of the best potato salads.

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Loaded Ranch Potato Salad is super creamy and rich and has tons of flavor thanks to a packet of Ranch seasoning mix. I’m obsessed with anything ranch so this is my favorite potato salad.

Potato salad in a bowl with potatoes and green onions in background.

A mixture of sour cream and mayonnaise makes this the creamiest potato salad ever.

In addition, there’s also chopped green onion, cheddar cheese, and lots of crumbled bacon.



Who can resist anything with cheddar cheese and bacon? Not me.



I like to use red potatoes for this recipe. They have a texture that is perfect for potato salads and I love the fact that there’s no need to peel them. Huge timesaver! I think the skin actually makes the potato salad more visually appealing.

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Loaded Ranch Potato Salad in a serving bowl.


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Loaded Ranch Potato Salad in a serving bowl.

Loaded Ranch Potato Salad

Loaded Ranch Potato Salad is super creamy with tons of flavor from a packet of Ranch seasoning, cheddar cheese, and bacon.
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes
TOTAL: 30 minutes
SERVINGS: 6 servings


  • 3 pounds red potatoes, halved or quartered
  • 1 (8-ounce) container sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 (1-ounce) package Ranch seasoning mix
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled


  • Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until tender. Drain well and let cool.
  • In a large bowl, stir together sour cream, mayonnaise, and Ranch seasoning mix.
  • Add potatoes, cheddar cheese, and green onions and stir well.
  • Sprinkle bacon on top. Refrigerate until chilled.


Calories: 477kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: potato salad, ranch

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Originally published March 17, 2016.

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30 thoughts on “Loaded Ranch Potato Salad”

  1. Everyone loved this potato salad. I accidently used the spicy ranch mix and it was great. Will definitely make again and again.

  2. Steve Winfield

    I just made it as per wife’s request. Really good.
    Me personally, I prefer the old southern style w/ eggs, relish, & celery seed, etc. My wife’s a yankee so this was right up her alley.
    Great easy recipe.

  3. Ok this was bomb! I will add a half packet more of ranch seasoning and some green onions but SO good how it is too!

    1. 3 lb red potatoes, halved or quartered- so yes that means cut them up before boiling. It will be easier to tell if they’re done rather than boiling them whole.

    1. It will help develop the flavors if you make it ahead of time. I make it the day before I am serving it.

  4. This potato salad recipe is so awesome! I followed recipe exactly, the only thing I added was a little dill and a little cayenne pepper. It’s so good!

  5. This is wonderful, my husband has requested I make it several times. I added boiled eggs, a few banana peppers and fresh chives.

  6. Melissa @ Served Up With Love

    What an awesome recipe! I might just be able to get my husband to eat potato salad with a recipe like this. YUM!! Can’t wait to try this one out. Our favorite pasta salad is made with ranch so I know this will be a hit!

  7. Thao @ In Good Flavor

    Your pictures are gorgeous and so is the potato salad! I can look at it all night…but I’d rather be eating it!!

  8. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I am so ready for warm weather and bbqs! This potato salad looks gorgeous,, Christin! I love the ranch flavor and zesty ingredients!

  9. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry

    Why this potato salad looks mighty delicious! Ranch and bacon are my two favorite things on this planet, so i’m all about this recipe.

  10. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    Yay to picnics and potato salads! I’m super excited for all the things having to do with outside coming up! And this potato salad would be a delicious addition! Loving how loaded with goodies this is, plus you used one of my favs – ranch! Gahhh sooooo good! I could legit eat this potato salad as a meal! Cheers, dear!

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