Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Didn’t think a classic potato salad could ever get better? This creamy Loaded Baked Potato Salad features off your favorite classic ‘loaded’ toppings, like crisp bacon, tangy cheddar, and flavorful green onions (even sour cream!), mixed right in. A hot oven staple gets a make over just in time for barbecuing season, and picnic tables all over.

Loaded Baked Potato Salad in a blue ceramic bowl with green onions and crispy bacon in the background

It’s that time of year again. Time for hot grills, good friends, picnic foods…it’s cookout time!

I discovered this potato salad last summer, when I was searching for an alternative to my go-to mustard based recipe.

I had been assigned to bring it as a dish, and I just wanted something a little different.

Most likely due to the fact that I’d already been to two cookouts in the last 24 hours and didn’t want to eat the exact same thing again.

Loaded Baked Potato Salad in two blue bowls on a white cloth napkin with a bunch of green onions in the background

I was a bit shocked, and saddened, to discover that there is such a thing as too much potato salad.

I couldn’t have asked for more from this version. 

Loaded Baked Potato Salad in a blue bowl, topped with shredded cheese, bacon crumbles, and sliced green onions

Although the recipe makes enough for roughly 4-6 people, depending on serving size, the ingredients easily doubled to make enough for a larger party.

I was equally pleased to see that not only did my family love it, but so did everyone else. Who said change was a bad thing?

Now, as you get ready to host or attend, a cookout (or cookouts) in the coming weeks of Summer, give this Loaded Baked Potato Salad side a try.

a scoop of Loaded Baked Potato Salad held aloft on a wooden spoon

Mom & Grandma’s potato salads probably start out the same way, with boiled potatoes mixed in a creamy mayo mixture.

That’s where the similarities end here, however. First, we prepare the delectable ‘mixture’ ahead of time. For this recipe, you want it good and chilled before ready to use.

Mayonnaise and sour cream are whisked together until smooth. Use a large mixing bowl to avoid extra dishes you’ll have to wash later!

Equal amounts of thinly sliced green onions and shredded cheddar are stirred into the mix next. Cover it, and refrigerate until plenty chilled and ready to use.

Peeled & cut russet potatoes are placed in a pot, just covered with water, and brought to a boil. Continue boiling the potatoes until they’re fork tender.

This usually takes anywhere from 15-20 minutes. Make sure to begin checking at the 15 minute mark though so they don’t turn to mush.

We’re making potato salad today, not mashed potatoes.

Get the ‘loaded’ mayo mix out of the fridge, add the strained & completely cooled potatoes to the bowl. Stir just until everything’s coated. Stir, folding in 3/4’s of the crisp, crumbled bacon bits.

Transfer the mixture to a serving dish, topping with the remaining bacon and extra green onion. You can even top with more shredded cheddar, if desired. For best results though, shred your own and skip the pre-shredded stuff.

a wooden spoon stuck in a bowl of Loaded Baked Potato Salad ready to scoop

It’s a rich, creamy potato salad with all the tastes and textures of an actual loaded baked potato. This Loaded Baked Potato Salad recipe is sure to be a hit at your next soiree, and I assure you that you will be asked for the recipe. Repeatedly.

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Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Tender potatoes are tossed in a cream mixture of mayo & sour cream, with all your favorite 'loaded' toppings mixed right in.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 4-5 large Russet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup green onions thinly sliced
  • 6 strips of bacon cooked and crumbled
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • In a small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise and sour cream until evenly combined.
  • Stir in 1/2 of the green onions (1/4 cup), the cheese, salt, and pepper.
  • Let this sit in the fridge to chill while you prepare the potatoes.
  • Wash, peel, and then cut potatoes into bite-sized pieces.
  • Put cut potatoes into a large pot, cover with water, and boil until just fork tender, about 15-20 minutes. Don't over boil, or potatoes with mush and become loaded mashed potatoes.
  • When potatoes are done, drain, and let cool.
  • Put potatoes in a large bowl and combine with the sour cream mixture.
  • Stir, or fold, in about 3/4 of the crumbled bacon.
  • Top with remaining green onions and crumbled bacon.
  • Serve chilled.
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pictures & post updated 1/7/2019


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