This ranch potato salad recipe contains ranch dressing mix and bacon for a deliciously different potato salad. It is a welcome side dish for Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day.
This potato salad is perfect for the cookouts and backyard parties that will be happening this summer. I’ve taken it to church potlucks as well as barbeques and it’s always a hit.
It goes great alongside hamburgers and hot dogs, but it is definitely not out of place beside grilled chicken or even a grilled steak. It is a little fancier than classic potato salad since it contains some additional spices and bacon. This potato salad is truly a family favorite.
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I have modified the recipe quite a bit to fit how our family chooses to eat. The original called for store bought ranch dressing, but I use my ranch dressing mix. I’m going to give you the recipe the way I usually make it, but at the end, I do give you a few shortcuts you can use if you need to make this ranch potato salad a little easier. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
- 4-5 cups cubed red potatoes (I use 1/2″ cubes)
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 4 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1 Tbsp dried parsley
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 3 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 1/2 Tbsp ranch dressing mix*
- 2 Tbsp prepared mustard
- 4 tsp white vinegar
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp salt, or more, to taste
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
Place potato cubes in a large stock pot. Cover with water. Bring to a boil. Simmer potatoes for 12-15 minutes or until tender. Drain the potatoes and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients (onions through black pepper). Fold in potatoes while they are still warm. Taste. Add additional salt if needed. Refrigerate at least 2 hours until chilled. Stir again just before serving.
*ranch dressing mix-You can use the packets from the store but I prefer my homemade recipe here.
WAYS TO MAKE RANCH POTATO SALAD EASIER
A few ways I make this recipe faster, if I’m in a hurry:
- Use cubed hash browns in place of the red potatoes. They still have to be cooked, but it saves from having to chop all the potatoes and they do cook much quicker. The hash browns can even be cooked in the microwave.
- Use bacon bits instead of bacon slices. They are already cooked and crumbled, so I just dump a handful in. It’s ok if you get too many! Too many? There is no such thing as too many bacon bits!
Do you like potato salad? What meals do you like to serve it with?