Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad is a BBQ and picnic side dish favorite! Red potatoes, bacon crumbles, ranch dressing mix and chives give it such a great flavor! Instant Pot instructions included!

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This recipe was photographed and updated 6/2023.

Bacon, ranch and potatoes. What's not to love?

This unique potato salad is a favorite for potlucks, barbecues and picnics. Each bite is wonderful with the bacon, ranch and chive flavors. It's creamy, tangy and the sauce pairs perfectly with the red potatoes. We love serving this salad with Smoked Pork Chops for our summer cookouts!

I've used both the traditional boiling method and the Instant Pot steamer basket method for the potatoes and it turns out great either way. You can find the Instant Pot instructions in the tips section of this post.

This salad can be served cold or warm depending on what you want to serve it for. Just make sure when you serve it cold, you have some extra time to refrigerate, so the flavors can blend together.

Kids even love this potato salad, especially if they love ranch! It's great to prep and pack up in the lunch box for school or work too!

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Recipe tips:

  • This can also be served warm. Just mix together after the potatoes are cooked and drained.
  • To make in your Instant Pot: To the liner, add the manufacturer’s recommended water amount for bringing the electric pressure cooker to pressure, typically 1 to 1 ½ cups. Place a steamer basket into the electric pressure cooker liner. Sprinkle diced potatoes with salt. Add to the steamer basket. If you do not have a steamer basket, use a mesh trivet or the pot in pot method to avoid the burn message. Seal the pressure cooker lid and set the valve to sealing. Program the pressure cooker on “manual” or “pressure cook” for ZERO minutes. After the pressurizing cycle is complete, switch the valve to venting for a quick pressure release.

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You can add or substitute with these ingredients:

  • use bottled or homemade ranch instead of the packet mix (reduce the amount of mayo or sour cream)
  • use fresh chives instead of dried
  • use green onion instead of chives
  • add diced, cooked chicken breast
  • add shredded cheddar cheese
  • use diced red onion instead of chives
  • add chopped hard boiled eggs

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Bacon Ranch Potato Salad in a white bowl.
Yield 8 servings
Author Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time
20 Min
Inactive time
30 Min
Total time
50 Min

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad


  • 3 pounds red potatoes, scrubbed and diced in 2 inch pieces
  • 1 - 12 ounce package bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ranch seasoning mix (1 packet)
  • 2 ½ tablespoons dried chives
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place the diced potatoes into a stockpot and fill with water to about 1 inch over the potatoes. Add salt to the water according to your preference.
  2. Over medium-high heat, bring the water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and boil for 8 to 12 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. Drain and cool completely.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the remaining ingredients until well blended.
  4. Add the potatoes, folding the potatoes into the dressing.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.


Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to two days.

Nutrition Facts




26.78 g

Sat. Fat

7.29 g


30.62 g


2.91 g

Net carbs

27.7 g


3.29 g


8.62 g


673.39 mg


40.78 mg

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  1. I am with you! I am so in the mood for warm weather food, and this looks delicious!

  2. Potato salad totally has to have bacon in it! I totally agree - bring on the Spring vegetables!

  3. Good Lord -30! Forget waiting until spring, you need the carbs now to generate body heat! Seriously though, this recipe looks soooo tasty. I do love potato salad, especially with bacon!

  4. Sounds so good! I love bacon in potato salad....

  5. Everything is better with bacon! ;) This potato salad looks delicious!

  6. This looks like perfection. I could eat the whole bowl. I LOVE your dishes that you serve your food in. I need to hunt some down asap!

  7. Yeah, I am so done with this miserable winter! Bring on the picnic foods! Looks lovely!

    1. I've been looking for a great potato salad and This is the best potato salad I ever tasted! YUM with the bacon & eggs. So easy to make and even though it is below freezing here and we are waiting for snow, I made it again last night cause I was missing summer picnics. Thank you!


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