This easy Baked Potato Salad is a guaranteed pot-luck FAVORITE! It’s a fun change from a regular potato salad, and instead includes the toppings and flavors you love from a loaded baked potato, including bacon, onions, sour cream and cheese.
  Baked potato salad served in a glass bowl topped with a pile of shredded cheddar cheese, chopped bacon and green onions.

I’m a huge fan of potato salads! Traditional potato salad is yummy, but baked potato salad is amazing!  It has all of the yummy flavors you love from a baked potato, transformed into a potato salad!
I don’t know about you, but when I think about potato salad, I can’t help but think about summer BBQ’s!  If you love to throw a backyard BBQ party, you should consider making one of these great BBQ side dishes!
What is baked potato salad?

This recipe is different from traditional potato salad for two reasons. First, the potatoes are baked instead of boiled, which also makes it easier for you, since you don’t have to keep an eye on boiling water.

Second, instead of tossing it with a mayo/mustard sauce, pickles, and hard boiled eggs, like you would with traditional potato salad, this baked potato salad is dressed more like you would top a baked potato: sour cream, salt and pepper, cheese, onions and bacon.

Baked potatoes on a marble board next to another photo where the potatoes have been peeled and chopped into pieces.

How to make homemade baked potato salad:
Start by baking them in the oven, and then allow them to cool compeletly.

Peel the skins and chop into small pieces.

Season them with salt and pepper, and toss them in a creamy sauce consisting of sour cream and mayonnaise.  You could substitute the sour cream for plain Greek yogurt if you want to pack a little more protein in this dish and no one would know the difference!

A glass bowl with the ingredients for baked potato salad including chopped baked potatoes, green onion, bacon and cheddar cheese tossed in a bowl with a mayo and sour cream sauce.
Then toss the potato mixture with a big pile of bacon, cheese and green onions!

This is such a simple side dish but it’s unique twist in flavor is ALWAYS met with rave reviews.

A bowl full of baked potato salad including chopped potatoes, bacon, green onions and shredded cheese.
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A bowl full of baked potato salad including chopped potatoes, bacon, green onions and shredded cheese.
Prep 15 mins
Cook 50 mins
Total 1 hr 5 mins
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  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Wash potatoes and prick them with a fork or knife. 
  • Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until they are fork tender. Remove from the oven and cool completely. 
  • At this point you can peel all of them, or peel half of them and leave the skin on the other half to get a real baked potato feel. Cut the potatoes into small, pieces.
  • Combine the sour cream and mayonnaise in a bowl and stir well. 
  • Add the potatoes to a large serving bowl. Season well with salt and pepper. Add the sauce (just enough to coat them well--you may not use it all) and gently stir to coat. 
  • Add most of the bacon, onion and cheese, reserving some for topping at the end, and gently stir to combine.
  • Check out these other BBQ Side Dishes!


Calories: 322kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 11gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 457mgPotassium: 594mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 245IUVitamin C: 7.8mgCalcium: 151mgIron: 1.3mg

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*I originally shared this recipe in June 2015. Updated April 2018.

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  1. First time I ever heard of this was at Buoys in North Myrtle Beach. We were there 09/03/2022. I loved it. Making it this evening for the family. Hope mine turns out as good as there’s did!

  2. Wonderful ! I chopped bread and butter pickles into relish and add … Everyone loves it Thank you.

  3. 5 stars
    Love this! I’m not a fan of traditional potato salad but this is a hit! I added chopped pickled jalapeños for a little extra flavor.

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