Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

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Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

Sometimes simple things are the best, and I think that’s the case with this Bacon Ranch Potato Salad.  There are no crazy ingredients, no elaborate prep methods – just simple delicious food.  It’s the perfect complement to nearly any meal.

One thing to keep in mind with potato salad is to monitor the doneness of your potatoes carefully.   They can go from perfect for potato salad to mashed potatoes quickly, so just keep an eye on them.  If you do end up over-cooking them a bit, there’s a tip in the recipe to help keep them together.

I remember growing up as a kid, my mom would make potato salad and would leave a small bowl of it out just for me so I could eat it while it was still warm – that’s my favorite way to eat it.  I love it cold too, but have always preferred it while it’s still a little warm.  Call me crazy!  Y’all enjoy!  Bacon Ranch Potato Salad - Southern Bite

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
  • 3 lbs small red potatoes
  • salt
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1-ounce packet ranch salad dressing mix
  • 4 green onions sliced thin
  • 4 strips bacon cooked and crumbled (about 1/3 cup crumbled)
  1. Wash and cut potatoes into about 1-inch chunks. Place the potatoes in a large pot with just enough water to cover them. Add enough salt to make the water taste like ocean water. Place over medium high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook about 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife, but not mushy.
  2. Meanwhile, make the dressing by combining the mayo, sour cream, and ranch dressing mix.
  3. Once the potatoes are cooked through, drain them well. If you like your potato salad cold, spread the potatoes on a baking sheet and and chill them in the refrigerator. (If you find that you may have cooked them too long, this also helps firm them up so when you toss them with the dressing, they won't all fall apart.)
  4. Combine the potatoes, dressing, green onions, and bacon in a large bowl and toss to coat. Serve immediately or refrigerate until served.


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  1. My whole family would rather eat potato salad warm! Nope, you are not crazy, just southern!

  2. Being originally from Pgh, PA we called warm potato salad German potato salad…MOM and Dad loved it I did no…I love good old fashioned cold potato salad…Will give your recipe a try when it get warmer here in Virginia…

  3. MMMMmmmmm ….. this sounds DELICIOUS! And you’re not crazy – I too like a little bowl of potato salad while it’s still warm. Okay. Maybe a BIG bowl of it. But warm. MMMMmmmmmm!!!

  4. Nope, you are not crazy at all. I grew up eating Potatoe Salad warm and couldn’t understand how people could eat it cold. Potatoe Salad has often been my go to recipe when making a quick meal, because once it’s done – it is ready to eat :)!

  5. I’m with you, I have always enjoyed potato salad while still warm. My Dad made the best potato salad, I would always sneak a spoonful when he wasn’t looking!

  6. I make something very similar – it is SO good. Gonna have to whip up a batch soon!

  7. I haven’t made potato salad in ages! This one looks delicious. I like that you incorporated the Ranch seasonings.

  8. Not crazy at all! We love it warm as well! This recipe looks delicious!

  9. I have never had warm potato salad – maybe now I will. Do you peel the potatoes? Thanks!

  10. Samantha says:

    Stacey, my mother made this on Saturday and I made it today and everyone loved it! We both paired it with your delicious Fall-Off-the-Bone Slow Cooker Ribs. What a great dinner!

    Believe it or not, this was my very first attempt at making potato salad. I usually let my mother or someone else make it, ha ha. I managed just fine, though. Thanks for the clear directions and the tip to put the cooked potatoes in the fridge to cool off before mixing it up with the dressing, bacon, and green onions. It came out perfectly!

    I’ll definitely be making this one again and again, but I’m also going to try your regular Potato Salad too. Thanks for all the great recipes, Stacey!

  11. I generally don’t like potato salad but I have made this one several times and everyone loves it, including me! Thanks.

  12. This sounds delicious, thanks! I’ve always liked potato salad best warm too, or room temperature, but not really cold. Could be a southern thang!! πŸ˜‰

  13. You are not the the only one who likes warm potato salad ,I have been known to take potao salad out of the fridge andstivl it in the microwave tovwarm it up.

  14. Thanks

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