Texas Ranch Potato Salad
This is not your usual mustard mayo potato salad. These potatoes are slathered in a rich ranch dressing and bacon pieces. My family and friends love this potato salad! It is requested at every cook-out.
This is not your usual mustard mayo potato salad. These potatoes are slathered in a rich ranch dressing and bacon pieces. My family and friends love this potato salad! It is requested at every cook-out.
Great recipe for a change up on traditional potato salad. Based on other reviewers suggestions, I used 1 cup mayo and 1 cup sour cream. Added 1/2 tsp of chili powder to kick it up a notch. Will definitely be making this again for a change of pace.Read More
Not bad as a guide to build upon but I found it necessary to tweak some things to make it more palatable to me. First, out of curiosity, I weighed the amount of bacon called for in the recipe. Whoa. Lots of bacon – too much for me! I think I used half that. Also, as I’ve never been a fan of straight mayonnaise in this type of salad, I cut it with sour cream. I thought it needed some contrast in texture, so, as the expression goes, I added some celery “for a little crunch.” As for the dressing, I found it a little weak. Since I made just a third of the recipe to begin with, I gratefully had some of the dressing mix left over, so I added more, along with some fresh ground pepper, dill weed and garlic powder. Finally, since I knew the salad would absorb some of the dressing as it chilled, I added some half and half to compensate. A fair amount of tweaking, I admit, but it elevated this from a wimpy three to a four star potato salad.Read More
Great recipe for a change up on traditional potato salad. Based on other reviewers suggestions, I used 1 cup mayo and 1 cup sour cream. Added 1/2 tsp of chili powder to kick it up a notch. Will definitely be making this again for a change of pace.
This was a wonderful starting point for creating a delicious potato salad. I brought it to my 4th of July picnic today and people's exact words were "oh my god this is so freaking good!" I did tweak the recipe a litle bit after taking users' advice and it turned out wonderfully. I did/added the following with mine-- -I cut the potatoes first and then boiled them for a shorter time (12 min). -I substituted one cup of mayo with 1 cup sour cream. -I tossed it with 4oz of coarsely grated mild cheddar cheese. -I added 4 chopped hard-boiled eggs. I just wanted this salad to be out of this world and it was! My friends loved it!
This went over well at our Dad's Day BBQ. Subbing sour cream for half the mayo added nice flavor. I followed a previous reviewer's recommendation and used less bacon... do NOT do this. The bacon was the best part!! Added more sliced green onions and real bacon bits to the top for presentation.
This stuff is GOOD! After the initital cool down and I stirred the dressing and bacon in, I couldn't stop sampling it! I disagree with an earlier review that it's better the next day...I actually liked it immediately after I put it all together because the bacon was still crunchy. I think next time I will keep everything separate in the refrigerator until serving time, then throw together. I prepared this one day ahead of time and while it was still very good, it lost the cruch of the bacon...which I really liked. Great recipe! I will make this again and again!
Not bad as a guide to build upon but I found it necessary to tweak some things to make it more palatable to me. First, out of curiosity, I weighed the amount of bacon called for in the recipe. Whoa. Lots of bacon – too much for me! I think I used half that. Also, as I’ve never been a fan of straight mayonnaise in this type of salad, I cut it with sour cream. I thought it needed some contrast in texture, so, as the expression goes, I added some celery “for a little crunch.” As for the dressing, I found it a little weak. Since I made just a third of the recipe to begin with, I gratefully had some of the dressing mix left over, so I added more, along with some fresh ground pepper, dill weed and garlic powder. Finally, since I knew the salad would absorb some of the dressing as it chilled, I added some half and half to compensate. A fair amount of tweaking, I admit, but it elevated this from a wimpy three to a four star potato salad.
Wonderful and so easy! This was a big hit! I also followed the others and used sour cream AND mayo. I'll be making this one again very soon. Thanks for the great recipe!
i do not care much for potato salad because of the mustard flavor. this is a great salad. the only thing i changed was that i actually fried the bacon instead of putting it in the microwave. I also made the ranch dressing myself from a mix and added sour cream. it tastes like a baked potato. its great!
We thought this was really good. I too used the 1/2 sour cream, 1/2 mayo. I thought the ranch dressing packets were all 1 oz, but mine was only 1/2 oz, so could only make a 1/2 batch. Make sure you buy the correct size.
Excellent! Delicious precisely because it isn't bogged down with 40 different ingredients, although I did as other reviewers suggested and used 1C mayo and 1C sour cream. Highly recommended.
good recipe (despite the fact that i didn't cook the potatoes long enough). i served this at a family birthday party with barbeque chicken & green beans & got lots of compliments (even after i made the following substitutions: instead of using 2 cups mayo i used 1 cup fat free sour cream & 1 cups light mayo, i used a small amount of minced onions in place of the green onions, & used turkey bacon instead of the real stuff). i would make this again.
I've made this recipe many times and it's always a hit. Great just as it is, but I have made a few alterations to suit my tastes. I use one cup mayo and one cup sour cream; I use maybe 3/4 of the dressing packet and add about a teaspoon each ground black pepper and celery seed and a tablespoon of dijon mustard; add about 6 chopped hard boiled eggs. Also, I make the dressing in advance of cooking the potatoes. Add about half of the dressing to the potatoes while still warm so they absorb more of the flavor before chilling. Then taste and adjust seasonings before adding the rest of the dressing and the bacon. Yummy!
Flavor is good. I used mix of mayo and sour cream as other reviewers suggested. If only I could figure out how to make potatoes for potato salad so they are neither mushy nor too firm!!!
This is the best potato salad I've ever had. It is also a great alternative to the traditional mayo and mustard potato salads at barbeque
I brought this salad to a large Italian family picnic. Everyone loved it. I decorated the top with sliced hard boiled eggs, radish and a sprinkle of paprika.
Loved it. I also used 1 cup mayo and 1 cup sour cream. Omitted onions and added chopped celery and sliced black olives. I used about 2/3 cup of REAL bacon pieces and it was still great. Mix dressing with bacon ahead of time. YUM!
Very good. This is similar to my potato salad recipe I make, except I use red onions instead of green and more dry ranch. Add just a touch of yellow mustard and a splash of pickle juice..voila! Yummy ranch potato salad!
I made this exactly to recipe and it was delicious! I love sour cream and will probably try that next time, subbing one cup of s.c. for mayo; but this was wonderful as is. Thanks for a new twist on potato salad!
I made this potato salad for my daughters babyshower...I ended up giving out the recipe at the shower because so many people asked for it....THANKS
I was looking for a good potato salad that had Ranch in it because there's a deli here in town that serves something like it. This was the closest I could find and it was delicious!
Very nice recipe, thanks! I did use 1/2 mayo and 1/2 sour cream because that's all I had ... also, I used 8 slices of precooked bacon - cooked in the microwave for about 50 seconds - much quicker and same results. I will be making this again!
I prepared this for a backyard barbecue. The dressing had a unique tanginess and was simple enough to make.
YUMMY! You can completely play with this receipe to "fit" your taste. Because red potatoes come in different sizes in a 5 pound bag, I precut the potatoes BEFORE boiling into even cubes for even cooking.
Everyone loved this salad. I brought it to a potluck. Everyone asked for the recipe!!!!!!
This was excellent! I cut the recipe in half and I followed advice from others. I added 3/4 cup sour cream to the 1 cup of mayo and it did taste like a baked potato. Can't wait to make this again. Thanks!
My hubby and I did not like this very much, will not make again. It needed to have more dressing, I didn't use 5 lbs. of potatoes either.
This was a nice change from regular mayo potato salads. I would actually give it 3-3/4 stars. It's not quite a 4, but definitely more than a 3.
It was so easy to make and it came out awesome. My family totally loved it! A definte keeper!
I scaled this down to 6 servings. We loved this. I served it with Bunkhouse Beans (also from this site) and grilled steaks. Great meal! I used the full package of dressing mix which caused it to be a bit too salty so I'll adjust that next time. Thanks for this different potato salad. I'm always on the look-out!
I printed this recipe years ago and love it. I use 1c light mayo and 1c light s/c. I usually make it early in the day so it gets good and cold in the fridge. Thanks for sharing!
I made several red potato salads yesterday and this one was our favorite. I used ready made Ranch dressing (the refrigerated kind from Sam's Club) as well as real bacon bits as timesavers. Let the flavors meld overnight and served today. Went great with a BLT.
Really good, although I did do some substitutions and added some ingredients. Instead of the full 2c of mayo, I did 1c of sour cream and 1c of mayo. I also added hard boiled eggs and chopped olives. I also reserved some of the bacon to sprinkle on the top when I served, that way everyone had some crispy bacon in their servings.
Hubby loved it, but the rest of us werent impressed. Just not enough ranch flavor, mayo overpowered. Sorry
Delicious! I used peeled regular spuds because I didn't have red ones, and cooked and crumbled bacon. Oustanding taste, and very quick and easy too! Thanks, 8Break!
Everyone loved this and it was so easy!
Nice change from the usual. This salad really taste much better if you let the flavors blend overnight. Slightly bland for me, I would consider adding more mayo and Ranch seasoning next time. But I will make it again. This salad really has a lot of potential!
This is pretty good, my husband loves ranch so I thought I would give it a try. I used low fat mayo and low fat sour cream (1 cup each) and it worked fine. Don't use turkey bacon though, it needs the real stuff! I would mix everything (minus bacon) and let it sit overnight for the flavors to come together. Before serving add the crisp bacon. Thanks for sharing!!
This was good but I think it tasted like it had to much mayo. Next time I make it I will use 1/2 sour cream like the others suggested and maybe add a little more dressing mix. Although my boyfriend loved it just the way it was.
Everyone loved this, I thought a bit on the dry side, but maybe that was my fault, next time I'll add a little more mayo or sourcream. I wish I would have added hard boiled eggs-next time!
Delicious - this was the first potato salad to disappear at our church picnic.
Yum! I did a few substitutions: 1. I used frozen diced hashbrowns and cooked them up and let them cool (I think the browning of some of the potatoes makes it taste WAY better!). 2. I used 1/2 mayo, 1/2 sour cream Thanks for the recipe!
I will not make this again - it was very plain & I used extra ranch dressing, too much bacon -
My husband hates cold 'salads' of any kind, but he loved this! I took the advice of some other reviewers and used half mayonnaise/half sour cream. I also stir in the crumbled bacon right before serving it so it stays crunchy. Great summer salad!
Just made it and used mayo and sour cream. Added freeze-dried chives, parsley and custom shallot/dill/herb blend. Serving it Sunday, so have reserve dressinf to add before serving. Used bacon grease over warm potatoes before mixing it. My guy loves his Ranch dressing, and he took a HUGE bowl home tonight. I think his family will love it with Easter ham.
This was delicious! Definitely not your usual taste to potato salad, but a great change. I did use Miracle Whip since that was all that I had. I took it to a potluck and got lots of compliments and "What's in this? It's so good!" I loved this and will make this often! Thanks for a great recipe!!
Delicious! Made it for Christmas dinner and it was a hit. The first dish that was eaten up during the meal. Used 1 cup non-fat sour cream and 1 cup low-fat mayonnaise, but lots of crisp bacon. lol.
This recipe was perfect to serve to my son-in-law, who doesn't eat potato salad, because it most often contains mustard.
This is the best potato salad ever, especially if you are not a fan of eggs in your salad. I do make a couple of changes, I use sour cream instead of mayo, and I use two packages of the ranch. Great recipe, Thanks!
I am not a fan of "traditional" potato salad. This recipe is the only kind of potato salad I make any more. I use real bacon pieces instead of bacon strips and use 1/2 mayo & 1/2 sour cream. This is an A+ potato salad.
I have made this a couple of times now. It is delicious! A nice change from the same old ordinary potato salad. The last time I made it, I used 1/2 bottle of bacon pieces instead of taking the time to cook bacon, which worked very well. This is a keeper!
Very good recipe. Easy to make and everyone loved it!
substitute one cup of mayo for sour cream and add shredded cheese and it's perfect
This was pretty good. I made it over 4th of July weekend and everyone there loved it. My sister got the recipe from the website the next day to make it-as good as it was it's probably not something I'll make on a regular basis, not because it wasn't good-but just because my husband and I don't eat potato salad that much. Overall, it was a recipe worth making!
This stuff is awesome! I won't touch original potato salad so I was looking around for something to substitue. I FOUND IT! I took other review advice and put 2 cups cheese and half mayo half sour cream. I also didn't wait 2 hours. I mixed my dressing while the potatoes were cooking then mixed it together. WOW! I did serve it cold the first time, but now whenever my family wants creamed potatoes with our meal we eat THIS! Is is like a loaded baked potato...mashed. So awesome served hot! (My kids won't eat the potato skin if we eat regular a baked potato, but they love this. So as a mom it's a great way to get the nutrients of the potato skin in my kids!) Oh! Like spicy stuff? Try using the spicy mayo or pepperjack cheese!
I have made this many times for family get togethers and also pot lucks at work. I never have any left over. I'm not a big green onion fan, so I generally leave those out! I hate mustardy potato salad, so this is a great one for me! I guarantee you will love it!
Thanks 8Break for this delicious and quick recipe. My changes: I didn't have green onions, so I used a little sweet yellow onion diced. I didn't have dry salad dressing mix, so I used ranch with jalapeno that comes in a jar. I took others suggestions and added grated eggs and grated cheddar cheese. I also used the pre-cooked bacon for ease in prep. I cut up my potatoes in a medium dice. I always cook my potatoes that way. They cooker faster and more evenly. I will definitely make this the next time I need to bring something to a potluck. It was wonderful.
Very good...I used half mayo and half sour cream. I also used the real bacon bits instead of frying bacon. My only negative comment is that I found it to be quite salty-but the flavors were delicious-and my husband loved it! :^)
This was okay, no one thought it was stellar but it was a nice change of pace from regular potato salad.
I made this potato salad for my husband's potluck at work. It had so may complements and recipe requests. In fact they, signed my husband up to bring it to their upcoming picnic! Thanks for this great potato salad!
I took this to a church function last night and there were no left overs. The only thing I did different was I made my own ranch dressing that I got from All recipes. I will diffently be making this again and again. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
Whats not to like about potatoes, ranch dressing, and bacon? I had 2 cooked potatoes from the grill leftover. I peeed them, added 1/2 large green onion, 2~3 Tablespoons of Dukes regular and lite mayo mixed. Its what I had to use up. I added 1/2 teaspoon of ranch powder and 2 slices of pre-cooked bacon. It made 2 servings for packed lunches. Ty
turned out very well.
I took this to work and everyone loved it! The only change I made was to add about 3/4 cup of grated extra sharp cheddar.
Simple to make and full of flavor! I've been looking for a potato salad that tasted more like a baked potato. Not your traditional mustard, mayo potato salad. This is it! The changes I made are 4 pounds of potatoes instead of 5 and for the mayo amount I used half sour cream. I'm making this again for the fourth and doubling it! Last time the bowl got licked clean and this time I'm going to be prepared. Thank you so much!!
Really super delicious!! I love and my family all love potato salad... especially with a beautifully cooked steak on the BBQ, and this was probably better than my grandmothers, who up until now has been the potato salad maker in the family:) Move over nan! (Only thing i changed was the red potatoes - very hard to buy in Australia - used regular baby potatoed instead!)
A tasty alternative to the traditional mustard potato salad (of which I am a fan). I used half sour cream and half mayo with twice as much ranch dressing mix for the dressing. I cooked half as many potatoes and made the full recipe of dressing, planning to use the remainder as dip for veggies, but ended up using most of it on the salad.
This was a pretty good salad. I followed other reviewers advice and did 1 cup of sour cream and 1 cup of mayonnaise. It had a good basic flavor, but I only gave it four stars because it could have had more. I added a little ranch dressing prior to serving because it was a little bland.
This is really good and so close to my favorite pot. salad that my local deli makes. Like others, I substituted 1/2 of the mayo for sour cream. Next time, I will add about 1# less potatoes just to give it a bit creamier of a texture. Over all, quite delicious! Got me over my fear of making potato salad.
Fantastic! It is a nice change from your regular old potato salad. Thank you for the recipe!
This is a great potato salad for a large crowd. I am the church cook and Ifix it for about 150 people. I always get requests for the receipe.
This was just okay. I don't think I'll make it again. Our family just didn't seem to like it that much.
Wow -- I've been making this for five years! We love this recipe. I make extra of the dressing, and use probably half sour cream and half mayo. Yum, yum! I mix in some of the bacon, but save some to sprinkle on just before serving. This is a keeper -- we will make it over and over again. I always get compliments when I make this. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!!
We recently found a BBQ joint nearby that had the most out of this world potato salad... I've always made mine with mayo and mustard, but went on a search for a recipe that compared to their potato salad... Who would have thought it was this simple??? I did half and half mayo with sour cream, and also added some chives in... Sprinkled some paprika on the top and YUM!!! Thank you so much, this is now how I will be making potato salad!!!
This is just awsome!The Best! I did need to double the dressing as first batch was soaked up overnight. My boyfriend and I just loved it but makes so much for just us so will cut in half next time. This is a keeper!
A definite favorite! I also substituted 1 cup of the mayo for sour cream and it was an excellent suggestion!! Also, instead of boiling the red potatoes whole, I cut them into one inch cubes and then minimize the cooking time to 10-12 mins. Just makes my life easier... Overall this is a fantastic, easy and delicious side dish to prepare for an impromptu BBQ or any other such occasion. I also find that when I dont have time to chill the potatoes in the fridge for 2 hrs, I put them in the freezer for about 30-45 mins and that does the trick!
YUM!!!! I used Bacos because I'm a vegetarian and wanted to try it. I loved it as did everyone else. The only changes I made was the 1/2 sour cream/mayo thing suggested by others and I''m glad I did because it was SO creamy and good! I mixed two packets of ranch and let it sit in the fridge for a day before mixing it into the potatoes. I agree with other reviews, best when first made, still really good the next! Thanks!
I tried this and my family LOVED it. It's now a requested item everytime we have a cookout.
I like to use 4 lbs. of potatoes instead of 5 lbs.
I don't normally like potato salad, but this was KILLER. I did the half mayo, half sour cream thing that other reviewers have suggested, and it was perfect, light and tangy and delicious.
I took this to my sister's bridal shower. No joke - I was instructed to email the recipe for this to everyone there. It was so good!!! My husband loves potatoes but hates how potato salad is always overcome with hard boiled eggs and mustard - not this one! Who doesn't love ranch and bacon! Thank you for sharing!
This is a keeper!! I did what some others did and used half sour cream and half light mayo. Excellent still warm, and excellent the next day chilled. I can't wait to make this for my next barbeque. Pretty sure this is going to be the end of traditional mustard potato salad for me.
We really liked this. thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I thought it was great as author intended it to be made. I fried the bacon vs microwaving it.
omitted the onions and added hard boiled eggs. Everyone loved it. Next time I will sub 1/2 the may for sour cream.
I have had this recipe a few years and for some reason I just realized I never rated it. This is my FAVORITE potato salad recipe. It's perfect as is. The only change I make is to use chives instead of green onion-- just personal preference. The family requests this now at big gatherings and it makes my grandmother jealous-- she has always considered herself the potato salad queen! Anyway--YUMMY!
Really delicious, a nice change of pace! I did what several reviewers suggested and used 1 c. mayo and 1 c. sour cream. I also added some shredded cheddar. It was a big hit at the baby shower I took it to! Needed a bit more seasoning (salt & pepper) but otherwise great. I will definitely be making this again.
We loved this potato salad version! super easy!
This was pretty good, I had a few little issues along the way. My red potatoes were all different sized, some huge and some small, so some pieces were raw (the middle of the huge ones) and some soggy, so try to find a bag where they all look pretty small. After it was all mixed, it seemed really bland, not enough flavor, so I added another whole packet of ranch dressing (1 oz) then it was much better!!!
I've made this for years, but I use bottled dressing (which also allows you to make it low fat or fat free) and add parmesan cheese to taste. I don't use the bacon, but I may try it. It does sound like rather a lot. You can also add eggs, if you want to make it heartier, and it makes a nice main dish with tuna, chicken, or ham. I like it best prepared right before you want to eat it. If it is chilled, it should be returned to room temp. and dressing added as needed. One of my all-time favorites. I don't even make "old-fashioned" potato salad anymore!
Couldn't keep my husband out of it! Took this to a 4th of July party and it was a hit! I also used 1/2 sour cream and 5 boiled eggs. Also added about a 1/2 cup of chopped celery and about 1/3 cup of Woeber's horseradish sauce. That really kicked up the flavor level! Will do this again.
Yummy! Glad I read the other suggestions! I used 1C mayo, 1 1/2C light sour cream, and added 1C cheese. I pan-fried my bacon. It was excellent!
Just like grandma used to make!
Excellent potato salad recipe!! Instead of mixing the ranch with mayo, I used sourcream instead. Will definately make again!
I made it. Didn't have red potatoes so I used regular ones. Wasn't as flavorful as I would have liked. Used 1/2 the bacon - BIG mistake! Def use the whole package. Best part.
Really good stuff the only thing I did different was chopping the potatoes before boiling. We enjoyed these and even the picky kids ate it since it wasn't overwhelmed with lots of ingredients.
Very good salad! It was a nice change from my normal potato salad. I used a 1/2 cup of scallions instead of 3/4 cup because that seemed like way too much. I also doubled the amount of ranch seasoning after the first taste because I thought it was too bland.
Another great recipe on this fabulous web site!!
I have mixed feelings about this recipe. The ranch dressing gives it a overpowering flavor that wasn't quite right. But it is unique and not terribly bad. It needs more balanace. I tried to create that by adding some cheese but it just didn't do it. My husband did say he liked it better than a regular potato salad but he didn't eat it after the first night. I just didn't think it was that great.
I really liked the idea of this one, but had to do last minute damage control with extra seasonings/salt. It might've been good with two packages of ranch dressing mix. I used half mayo and half sour cream, as other reviewers recommended. You'd think this would be tasty considering the ingredients that go in.
I made this for Thanksgiving, my super picky potato salad loving dad requested this over our traditional potato salad recipe and my husband who hates mayonnaise liked it as well.