This is the easiest recipe because it can be altered in so many ways. Add a little taco seasoning to spice it up -- or you can add other veggies for texture.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 35 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain, then run under cold water until cool.

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  • Combine the sour cream and ranch dressing mix in a small bowl until well-blended. Transfer the potatoes, bacon, Cheddar cheese, and green onions to a large bowl. Stir in the sour cream mixture until well-coated. Cover and refrigerate for about 2 hours before serving.

Cook's Note

Leaving the potato skins on is optional.

Nutrition Facts

484 calories; protein 21.8g; carbohydrates 27.1g; fat 32.5g; cholesterol 83.1mg; sodium 1101.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2011
Simple and delicious, just what I needed. I used organic reds, reduced fat sour cream, homemade dry ranch dressing mix and New York sharp cheddar cheese. This was very easy to make which I appreciated on a chaotic day like today--I just combined the ingredients quickly this morning and let it sit all day in the fridge. And I'll tell you, the longer it sits, the better it gets! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/11/2011
It was okay- I would use fresh bacon over bacos and limit the amount. I think I added too much which might have ruined it. Read More
(11)
116 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 83
  • 4 star values: 25
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2011
Simple and delicious, just what I needed. I used organic reds, reduced fat sour cream, homemade dry ranch dressing mix and New York sharp cheddar cheese. This was very easy to make which I appreciated on a chaotic day like today--I just combined the ingredients quickly this morning and let it sit all day in the fridge. And I'll tell you, the longer it sits, the better it gets! Read More
(140)
Rating: 4 stars
06/07/2011
Simple, easy and delicious! I love red potato salads and when you combine bacon and ranch - what's not to love? I always leave the skins on for red potato salads for a little bit of added color and flavor. I used light sour cream and Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix. I mixed everything together and let it chill for a few hours and prettied it up with some additional thin sliced green onion on top. I might try this with bleu cheese next time for something a little different. Overall, very good - thanks for a great recipe KristenB! Read More
(101)
Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2011
I've made a similar salad many times. I use bottled ranch dressing, bacon bits, green onions and no cheddar cheese. Make sure your potatoes are cooled completely or they'll absorb the dressing and you'll have to add more. This can be served cold or at room temperature. You don't have to worry about the mayo spoiling in hot weather because there's none in this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2011
Yummy! Only thing I did differently was add some hard boiled eggs. My family asks for it all the time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/24/2011
I wanted to make a potatoe salad that my kids would eat and this is it! Very easy to make tastes great. I didn't add all the green onions just 2 and about 5 pieces of bacon but came out wonderful! Will make again and would definitely take to a potluck I think it would go over very well! Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2011
I fixed this with some other salads for a meeting. Several asked for this recipe who usually don't like potato salad - I don't usually like potato salad but this one was great. Oh and I served the bacon on the side so that my vegetarian guests could enjoy it too. I also used already cooked bacon and save time money and mess! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2011
This recipe is our entire families new favorite!! What a wonderful combination of flavors!! I doubled it for a big event today and I suspect it will not be enough. Perfect as written! Thank you Kristen for sharing your recipe. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
07/05/2011
This recipe is so easy to put together and everyone will think you spent all day in the kitchen. It was a little on the "ranchy" side so next time I might just add 3/4's of the pack of dressing. This potato salad was gone in no time. Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
04/08/2012
I substituted sour cream for 12 ounces of plain Greek yogurt and used red potatoes. I also added hard boiled eggs. I ate a significant portion while in was making it. Very yummy. Read More
(12)
Rating: 3 stars
06/11/2011
It was okay- I would use fresh bacon over bacos and limit the amount. I think I added too much which might have ruined it. Read More
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