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Bacon Cheddar Ranch Potato Salad

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This potato salad has all of the good stuff like cheese, bacon and ranch!  It’s like a loaded baked potato in picnic salad form.

close up of serving bowl filled with cheddar bacon ranch potato salad

     Potato salad is a classic BBQ side dish.  It is fabulous in all of its forms, but this cheddar bacon ranch recipe is especially popular.  It is great with burgers, pulled pork and more.  It is a fabulous way to switch up your side dish routine.

     My husband really loves potato salad (as long as it is a good one… and he’ll let me know if it’s not!), so I try to make it for him every once in a while.  This time I was in the mood for something a little different.

    So, I scoured the fridge and decided ranch would be wonderful!   And we like bacon!!  And we love cheese! So, really how could this not be good?

   We were having some people over for dinner, so this was a perfect make ahead!  You can make it the night before or the morning of.

   Then there is no cooking or cleanup when the guests arrive.  The first time I tried it, I used more ranch in the dressing.

bacon and cheddar on cutting board, dressing in bowl and potato chunks in saucepan.

    I felt it was a bit too heavy.  So I added some sour cream and the results were pretty darn tasty if I do say so myself.

    If you are a huge ranch fan, you can up the ranch to sour cream ratio.  We like it lightly ranch, but you could easily use a cup of each or more ranch than sour cream.

   Turns out this is a LOT of potato salad!  But, as my husband was eating it on day 2 he gave it two thumbs up.  If it is still a winner on it’s second day in a row, that is a good sign!

serving of potato salad on plate with pulled pork sandwich and veggies

     If you like potato salads as much as we do, you may want to try my deviled egg potato salad as well.  The dressing is based off our favorite deviled egg recipe and it is loaded with hard boiled eggs.

     For a bacon loaded salad, try German potato salad.  It has a vinegar dressing and lots of yummy bacon!

Yield: 16 Servings

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

serving dish filled with cheddar bacon ranch potato salad ready to eat

This potato salad has all of the good stuff like cheese, bacon and ranch!  It's like a loaded baked potato in picnic salad form.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3-4 lbs red potatoes (russets would be fine too)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons salt
  • 2-3 Tablespoons apple cider or white vinegar
  • 1/2 pound of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 3/4 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 1/4 cup sour cream
  • Optional: 1/2 cup green onions

Instructions

  1. Cut potatoes into bite sized chunks. Place in a pot of cold water. Bring pot to a boil and throw in a palmful of salt. Let the potatoes boil until cooked through (they should be easily pierced) about 10 minutes.
  2. Drain potatoes and toss with vinegar. Let cool.
  3. Toss  bacon, cheese and green onions with potatoes.
  4. Mix ranch and sour cream together and pour over potatoes, stir to coat.
  5. Chill for at least a couple of hours

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 287Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 489mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 6gSugar: 6gProtein: 11g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Potato salad is a classic BBQ side dish.  It is fabulous in all of its forms, but this cheddar bacon ranch recipe is especially popular.  It is great with burgers, pulled pork and more.  It is a fabulous way to switch up your side dish routine.

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