Bacon-Ranch Potato Salad Recipe

Let me start off by saying that I pretty much avoid any type of salad that is not the actual green leaf & veggie variety if at all possible. As a child growing up I remember going to family get-togethers and being appalled by the egg salads, pasta salads, potato salads, etc. However, as I’ve made a point this semester to open my mind (and mouth) up to different types of foods, I decided to give potato salad another chance. However, this is not your ordinary potato salad — this stuff is awesome, and I even went for seconds! Also, it is super quick and a great side dish for family dinners or friendly get-togethers.

Bacon-Ranch Potato Salad

(printable recipe card)


  • 2/3 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup of buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp. of cider vinegar
  • 1 minced garlic clove (or 1/2 tsp. of minced garlic in a jar)
  • 1/2 cup of chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup of green onions
  • 1 tsp. of sugar
  • 2 lbs. of red potatoes
  • 6 slices of crumbled, cooked bacon
  • Pinch of salt & pepper


  1. Wash the potatoes & cut them into bite-sized pieces
  2. Place the potatoes in a large pot & add water until it’s about an inch over the top of the potatoes and add salt accordingly (1 quart of water = 1 tsp. of salt)
  3. Boil them for 15-20 mins — they’re done when you can slide a fork into them easily
  4. While the potatoes are boiling, fry 6 slices of bacon and set aside to cool
  5. In a large bowl, mix the mayonnaise, buttermilk, cider vinegar, garlic, celery, green onions, sugar, salt, and pepper
  6. Add the red potatoes and bacon to the bowl, mixing everything together
  7. Eat!

This recipe is very easy and very filling, so it’s perfect for fall dinners. It makes a lot of food (remember, you used 2 pounds of potatoes!), so be sure to share and refrigerate any leftovers to enjoy later!


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