Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Loaded Baked Potato Salad Recipe with bacon and cheddar cheese

Loaded Baked Potato Salad is a classic potato salad recipe with a spin! All of your favorite baked potato flavors like bacon, cheddar cheese and chives make this a perfect BBQ side dish!

I have a confession to make…Potato Salad is one of my most favorite foods. I know it’s weird. Certainly give me a chocolate chip cookie any day of the week and I won’t argue, but when I am presented with a gorgeous bowl of homemade potato salad, I’ll dive first into that bowl of carb heaven.

Loaded Baked Potato Salad Is The Perfect BBQ Side Dish

I’m not sure what it is about potato salad that has me smitten, but if I don’t control myself I will eat myself into a coma. And turns out knowing this about myself, I never tried to make potato salad until very recently. I was too scared that armed with that knowledge I would quickly be weighing in at 400 pounds, give or take.

I will say, that in my attempt at avoiding preparing potato salad, I became an expert at OTHER summer BBQ side dishes like these:

How To Make Loaded Baked Potato Salad

When it comes time for your next BBQ, offer to bring potato salad and surprise them with this fun twist on the classic! No one will be upset when you show up with a recipe full of bacon and cheese…trust me on this. And luckily this recipe is extra easy to throw together, and is even better if it sits in the fridge overnight, so it’s a great make-ahead dish!

What Ingredients You Need For Potato Salad?

  • Potatoes. I use Red Potatoes in my potato salad. They stay firm throughout the cooking process which is great so they don’t fall apart when they’re soft. Their waxy texture is perfect for potato salad, roasting, or making stews.
  • Bacon. This is actually optional, and if you don’t prefer bacon on your baked potato feel free to leave it out! The great thing about this recipe is how adaptable it is!
  • Cheese. I use cheddar cheese in my recipe, but again, whatever cheese you like in your potato!
  • Sour Cream & Mayonnaise. You need a “sauce” to hold together your potato salad, and in traditional potato salads it’s usually just mayonnaise, but since this is Baked Potato Salad you have to get sour cream in there! You could even do all sour cream if you prefer!
  • Vinegar. Just a little vinegar goes into potato salad to give it a slight tang. You could even use lemon juice if you would like, OR you could omit it.
  • Chives. Chives or green onions are really nice in this recipe for a slight crunch, flavor, and color!
  • Seasonings. I use salt and pepper in this recipe, which is a great place to start. Feel free to get creative with your spices!

What Can You Add To Potato Salad?

There are so many flavor possibilities for potato salad. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Hot Sauce
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Blue Cheese Crumbles
  • Corn

What Kind of Potatoes Do You Use in Potato Salad?

Any kind! I like to use red potatoes because they are sturdy and hold their shape and firmness, but you can use really any variety like:

  • Russet Potatoes
  • Yellow Potatoes
  • White Potatoes

Easy Loaded Baked Potato Salad Recipe

Looking for more Summer Recipe Ideas that this Loaded Potato Salad Will Go Great With? Try These:


Loaded Baked Potato Salad

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield Yield: serves 10 1x
  • Category Category: Salad
  • Method Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Side DIsh


A fun twist on classic potato salad



  • 3 pounds red potatoes, washed and cut into 1 1/2- inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 10 slices bacon, cooked until crisp, chopped
  • 23 tablespoons chopped green onions or chives


  1. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Bring water to a boil and simmer potatoes for 9-10 minutes, until fork tender.
  2. Drain potatoes and rinse with cold water. Allow them to cool completely.
  3. In a medium bowl mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  4. When the potatoes are cooled, place them in a large bowl. Pour the sour cream mixture on top and stir to coat. Mix in the cheese, bacon and green onions, stirring to combine.
  5. Chill for 3 hours, or overnight.
  6. Garnish with more cheese, bacon, and onions, if desired.


Store airtight in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Information:

2.2 g
594.3 mg
24.9 g
23.4 g
9.6 g
38.3 mg

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Sep 24, 2021 6:11 pm

about to make, was wondering why vinegar?

Jul 5, 2020 5:14 pm

A friend made this for a 4th of July celebration yesterday and, in my goal to remain low-carb, I only had a couple of bites! That was almost impossible because it was just SO good. I’m attempting to make today with cauliflower instead of potatoes which, it it works out, will be my new go-to! Wish me luck! 🙂

Jul 4, 2020 3:57 pm

Great flavor!

Brooke Foster
Jul 4, 2020 1:22 pm

I made this yesterday for today’s 4th of July festivities….delicious!! Quick, easy, and everyone loves it!! I’ve sent the recipe to everyone!!!

Jul 8, 2019 6:16 pm

This was a last minute switch for me. I had already planned on making traditional potato salad for the 4th. Had the ingredients and everything but then I saw your recipe in my email and decided to give it a try. It was a hit! Even my son, who normally refuses to eat potato salad, enjoyed it. Thanks for this recipe.

Jul 4, 2019 10:44 am

Made for our 4th of July cookout. Awesome!!! Highly recommend!!!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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