Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Loaded Baked Potato Salad is cheesy, creamy and ready in just minutes. It makes the perfect side dish to your holiday meal or potluck!

Loaded Baked Potato Salad is cheesy, creamy and ready in just minutes. It makes the perfect side dish to your holiday meal or potluck!Loaded Baked Potato Salad seems like a fun summery side dish but it has always been a hit at the holidays!

The easy recipe is perfect for large gatherings because it doesn’t take up a burner on your stovetop or a spot in the oven during the critical last few minutes before serving and it tastes…amazing. Plus now you don’t have to bake a huge bowl of potatoes and have five little bowls of toppings for people to add in at the party.Loaded Baked Potato Salad is cheesy, creamy and ready in just minutes. It makes the perfect side dish to your holiday meal or potluck!Okay, okay, so you may have noticed or soon be noticing I didn’t add bacon to this. Yes, if I made it for just a couple of people I am all about the bacon, but this dish was made for a lovely vegetarian friend so I nixed the bacon.

Want to add the bacon back in? I do about a half a pound, cooked and crumbled. Then instead of a half a cup of mayonnaise you swap out a bit of it forbacon fat. The result is a super bacony, cheesy, delicious baked potato salad!

Speaking of mayonnaise, I have very strong feelings about using a specific one I love so much I actually have it shipped to me since it isn’t available to us West Coasters locally. Dukes! You lucky people who get to buy it in person, it is the best mayo ever, so yeah, if you can get it locally or are willing to give a new mayo a shot, I think you’ll love it.

Loaded Baked Potato Salad is cheesy, creamy and ready in just minutes. It makes the perfect side dish to your holiday meal or potluck!

If you want to swap the sour cream out, you can also use a greek yogurt instead. It will be a bit tangier than the sour cream, but hey now you can add more cheese with all the calories you saved? 😉

Loaded Baked Potato Salad is cheesy, creamy and ready in just minutes. It makes the perfect side dish to your holiday meal or potluck!

Tools used in the making of this Loaded Baked Potato Salad:
Large Pot with Steamer Insert: Makes life so much easier to lift the potatoes out at once and let them cool without risking a burn trying to strain them into a colander.
Kosher Salt: In 99% of the recipes on this site, you’ll find Kosher salt used. It’s super inexpensive but the flavor is miles better than table salt and less overwhelmingly salty.
Duke’s Mayo: Best mayonnaise ever, and really does add so much to the potato salad. It is more readily available in the middle and east coast of the country, but hey Amazon Prime folks!

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Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Loaded Baked Potato Salad is cheesy, creamy and ready in just minutes. It makes the perfect side dish to your holiday meal or potluck!
Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt , divided
  • 2 pounds red potatoes , peeled and cut into 1" chunks
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese , grated
  • 1/2 cup scallions , sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Crumbled bacon , optional
  • Parsley for garnish , optional

Instructions

  • In a large pot add water, ½ teaspoon Kosher salt and potatoes.
  • Bring to a boil and cook for 10-12 minutes or until a fork pierces the pieces easily.
  • Drain, then let the potatoes cool.
  • In a mixing bowl add the remaining salt, mayonnaise, sour cream and black pepper.
  • Toss the potatoes with ½ of the bacon, ½ of the cheese, and ½ of the green onions, reserving the other half for garnish.
  • Pour the dressing over the potatoes and stir to combine.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight for best results, or for several hours before serving.
  • Garnish the potato salad with remaining bacon, cheese, and green onions immediately before serving. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 675mg | Potassium: 770mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Vitamin C: 14.9mg | Calcium: 189mg | Iron: 1.4mg
Keyword: Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Loaded Baked Potato Salad is cheesy, creamy and ready in just minutes. It makes the perfect side dish to your holiday meal or potluck!

Loaded Baked Potato Salad is cheesy, creamy and ready in just minutes. It makes the perfect side dish to your holiday meal or potluck!
Loaded Baked Potato Salad is cheesy, creamy and ready in just minutes. It makes the perfect side dish to your holiday meal or potluck!

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. If you don’t use the bacon how much bacon grease do you àdd in it’s place?
    Thanks
    Katherine

  2. I made this for the first time s few weeks ago for my family. We all loved it and I’m making it again this weekend. I did cheat and used the bagged real bacon bits but it was still great.

  3. My go to potato salad. I came across this recipe a couple years ago. I’ve been making it ever since. It’s always a fav with my friends and family. I’ve replaced the potatoes with roasted cauliflower a few times..turned out amazing. I tried this recipe twice with Dukes Mayo. We didn’t like the dukes. It was too rich and mayonnaise creamy. I prefer light Mayo in this recipe, but do use regular Mayo.. best foods brand preferably.

    1. The name refers to everything you usually put on a baked potato. This recipe requires you to boil the potatoes. Sorry if that was confusing.

  4. I love it, everyone loves it. This has been my go to Potato salad recipe since at least 2016 when I came across this recipe. When I was a novice cook this re iOS was easy for to execute with rave reviews.
    Question. Has you tried this with cauliflower? My husband and I want to try with roasted cauliflower. Thoughts?

  5. How much bacon do you need? Directions say to add half….half of what? I hate to rate a recipe until I have tried it, but gave it a 4 bcuz it sounds good, not a 5 bcuz 1) you didn’t actually bake the potatoes and 2) the ingredients list is confusing. I do plan to try this!

    1. Sorry for the confusion. The crumbled bacon is optional. You can add as much or as little as you’d like to the recipe. I cooked up a pound and used half in the salad and then used the other half to garnish before serving. Hope this helps.

  6. It was very salty! I love everything with salt but this was a bit overpowering. It may have been the mayonnaise I used but I had to add miracle whip to tone down the salt. Other than that it was a pretty good recipe:)

  7. This recipe is amazing. I added jalapenos to it and used bacon bits and it was hit with my hubby’s co workers!

  8. It is a very good recipe. I do the same basic recipe but use bleu cheese instead.  Equally delicious. And…”Loaded” does describe this recipe.

  9. This sounds really yummy. I just have one question. It says that you boil the potatoes till a fork pierces them easily (stage 2) and then again in stage 5 they are boiled again till they are fork tender. Isn’t that the same thing?

    1. Sorry this comment took so long to get to, it ended up in my spam filter somehow! I don’t even know how that slipped past me! Boiling once is plenty, I adjusted the recipe card. Thank you so much for letting me know!

  10. This would be great for the holidays! We serve a lot of salads just because they’re so easy and can be made in advance.

  11. Just curious where the name “LOADED BAKED POTATO SALAD” came from?? I was looking for baked potatoes with insides taken out and mixed like potato salad then put back in the skins for little bowls. This would have made great sense to me. But the recipe basically steamed the potatoes, drained them, added the other ingredients and chilled before serving. This is nothing new on making potato salad.. and certainly not ‘Baked”!!! Just mho.

    smh.. to comment it made me use the comment AND reply section.. So hope you can figure it out.. was not really worthy of two comments. Plus I used the leave a comment under the title of Loaded Baked Potato Salad bui it seems to be under “Slow Cooker Hawaiian Pineapple Chicken”??? WTH??? This makes me look computer ‘stupid’ and actually I’m not … I have my own website and do know how to send messages…

    1. Hey Judy, sorry this comment took so long to get to, it ended up in my spam filter somehow! I mentioned it as loaded because most loaded baked potatoes have the cheese and sour cream added in (and bacon). I think since it is similar in flavor it makes sense for the title, but I am sorry if you felt misled. Also, sorry the site is confusing where the comments are going but it definitely showed up under the baked potato salad recipe.

    2. Judge Judy – It would help if you actually knew the name of what you were looking for. They are called twice baked potatoes. How can you come on someone’s site and give them one star for a recipe you didn’t even want to begin with. Get a grip! You sound little a whinny brat that didn’t get their way. It is a great recipe and everyone who has tried it when I’ve made it has loved it!

    1. Sorry this comment took so long to get to, it ended up in my spam filter somehow! I don’t even know how that slipped past me! Boiling once is plenty, I adjusted the recipe card. Thank you so much for letting me know!

  12. That’s so true, I always think of potato salad as a summer dish, but it’s a great idea for a holiday dish. I’m always looking for side dishes that I can make in advance!