Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

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A creamy and delicious potato salad with amazing ranch flavor and bacon! This is the perfect side to take to a potluck and is sure to be a huge hit!bacon ranch potato salad on a blue plate.


Is anyone else struggling to get through these last couple days of school? I have been counting down the minutes that my kids get out of school. I am pretty sure that I am just as excited as they are about school being out. My kids have been lucky to be dressed and to school on time. Every morning when my alarm goes off I am tempted to keep them home because it is the last week! But then I remember that I am now the responsible parent and so I drag myself out of bed. But I keep telling myself it is only two more days and I can do it!

I am ready for summer. And I am ready for all of the barbecues! It is my favorite part of summer. I LOVE finding new side dishes to take. And this Bacon Ranch Potato Salad will blow your mind!

bacon ranch potato salad on a blue plate.

I love the bacon ranch combo. Ranch is one of our favorites! And when you add bacon to anything it makes it amazing. But as soon as I had my first bite of this potato salad I was amazed. This is the best potato salad that I have had to date. It has simple and delicious ingredients and comes together in no time at all.

You guys are going to love it! I promise that it will become a favorite and be the perfect side for your next potluck!

bacon ranch potato salad on a blue plate.

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

4.50 from 4 votes
A creamy and delicious potato salad with amazing ranch flavor and bacon! This is the perfect side to take to a potluck and is sure to be a huge hit!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 8 Servings


  • 2 pounds potatoes cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 container sour cream 16 oz.
  • 1 package ranch dressing mix 1 oz.
  • 1 1/4 cups bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 1/2 cups Cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 bunches green onions thinly sliced


  • Bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat add the potatoes and reduce the heat to medium high and boil for 12-15 minutes or until fork tender. Drain and rinse under cold water.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the sour cream and ranch packet until blended. In a large bowl, add potatoes, bacon, cheddar cheese and green onions. Stir in the sour cream ranch mixture until blended and coated well. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.


Serves: 8

Calories236kcal (12%)Carbohydrates18g (6%)Protein9g (18%)Fat14g (22%)Saturated Fat8g (40%)Cholesterol40mg (13%)Sodium458mg (19%)Potassium554mg (16%)Fiber3g (12%)Sugar1g (1%)Vitamin A448IU (9%)Vitamin C14mg (17%)Calcium222mg (22%)Iron4mg (22%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bacon ranch potato salad, potato salad, potato salad recipe
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 3 stars
    it has potential, but we thought it to heavy and thick with just sour cream. Next time I will try bottled ranch dressing for a creamier consistency.

    1. 5 stars
      Use Cacique Crema Mexicana Agria in place of the sour cream. It’s Mexican Sour cream and it’s a much thinner consistency and even better flavor. We replaced sour cream with this stuff in my house years ago

  2. 5 stars
    So I wanted to make a different potato salad and this was the biggest hit ever! I think I’ll have to make this from now on! DELICIOUS!

  3. 5 stars
    This is a very good potato salad and it’s super easy too! To make this a bit lighter I used light sour cream, reduced-fat mayo and center cut bacon. Real bacon pieces would work well in this too to save some time. For the potatoes I used petite red potatoes. I prefer the waxy potatoes like red or yellow for potato salad since they hold up better. The russet potatoes tend to turn out a bit mushy so I highly recommend red or gold potatoes for this (or any potato salad for that matter). The Hubs loved it!

  4. I always use 1 cup Best Food’s Mayonaisse plus 1 cup (8 oz.) sour cream mixed with the packet of ranch dressing to use either as a dip or in recipes…makes a big difference!

  5. I’m hoping this will work with red potatoes. Planning to wash and quarter them with peels on. We shall see!

  6. Should we peel the potatoes? It might just be a preference thing, but I would like to know what you did! I made this before and loved it, but I can’t remember if I peeled them or not!

  7. It was pretty good, but I felt like something was missing. Maybe since sour cream was used instead of mayo? I added some more salt, but that didn’t really change anything. My husband loved it though!

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