This loaded Baked Potato Salad recipe is a guaranteed potluck 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.
Want more tasty side dishes? Try this Apple Pecan Salad, Caprese Salad, Air Fryer Potato Wedges, or Jalapeño Cornbread!
Why I love this side dish:
- Next Level – I am a huge fan of potato salads! Classic Potato Salad is yummy, but baked potato salad is amazing. It is a HIT every time I bring it to a BBQ!
- Delicious – It has all of the delicious flavors you love from a baked potato, transformed into a potato salad. You won’t have any leftover.
- Easy – No tending a pot of boiling water, just put the potatoes in the oven to cook then throw this salad together in minutes.
What is Baked Potato Salad?
This recipe is different from traditional potato salad because the potatoes are baked, and instead of tossing it in a mayo based sauce with pickles, and hard boiled eggs, like you would with classic potato salad, baked potato salad is dressed with toppings you’d use on a baked potato, like sour cream, salt and pepper, cheese, onions and bacon.
How to Make Baked Potato Salad:
Bake Potatoes: Preheat 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.
Cut Potatoes: 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.
Make Sauce: Combine the sour cream and mayonnaise in a bowl and stir well.
Combine Ingredients: 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.
Serve: Enjoy this loaded baked potato salad recipe at your next BBQ or potluck! I get so many compliments every time I bring it! I love to serve it with Ribs, Steak, Chicken Kabobs, Steak Kabobs, or a Classic Hamburger!
- Potatoes – I personally love using russet potatoes in this dish, but you could also substitute cooked red or yukon gold potatoes.
- Ranch Potato Salad – If you love a ranch flavor, stir some ranch seasoning (to taste) in the sauce before coating the potatoes.
More BBQ Side Dishes:
- Ambrosia Salad
- Italian Pasta Salad
- Bacon Wrapped Dates
- Cowboy Caviar
- Fresh Fruit Salad
- Macaroni Salad
- Broccoli Salad
- Baked Mac and Cheese
- Thai Quinoa Salad
- Cucumber Onion Salad
- Baked Beans
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Baked Potato Salad
- 2 pounds russet potatoes , about 6 medium-size
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 8 slices bacon , cooked and chopped
- 5 green onions , chopped
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste
- 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!
- Potatoes – I personally love using russet potatoes in this dish, but you could also substitute cooked red potatoes.
- Ranch Potato Salad – If you’d love a ranch flavor, stir some ranch seasoning (to taste) in the sauce before coating the potatoes.
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*I originally shared this recipe in June 2015. Updated April 2018 and May 2023.
I tweaked this a little as I only had canned whole potatoes. Fried them up in the bacon grease and drained. Then followed all other instructions. Freaking amazing!
Easy, 6 ingredients and so delicious
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!
Okay so my husband found this recipe asked me to make it, and it’s really easy and good!!!
Delicious. Everyone loved it and asked me to make it again soon.
Wonderful ! I chopped bread and butter pickles into relish and add … Everyone loves it Thank you.
OH MY, YES MA’ AM!! Absolutely delish! This is my go to now.Thx!
Can I make this a day ahead? Or should I prepare everything and combine right before serving?
Yes you can prepare it ahead of time, but store the sauce separately, and coat it in the sauce just before serving.
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.
This is the best recipe… so easy to follow and absolutely delicious.. it’s my go to recipe and everyone loves it!!!
excellent! I added eggs, and paprika. Thank you for sharing this.
I love potato salad, but my wife isn’t a big fan… until she tasted this! She said it was more like having a fully-loaded baked potato, which is a favorite of hers. I used about 4 tbsps of chopped shallot instead of the green onion, because I like a stronger onion flavor, but otherwise made the recipe ‘as is’ for my first go. I noticed today, a few days after we finished off the first batch, my wife had without comment baked 6 potatoes while I was out, leaving them without comment on the stove top. I am pretty sure it’s a hint!
This quick and easy recipe gives you a hearty, somewhat spicy potato salad on short notice if you have a few baked potatoes in the fridge already. I used 1 shallot instead of the green onions (although I chopped one green onion for a topping), and added a stalk of thin-sliced celery because my wife says it’s not potato salad without celery. Give it a try!
Making this salad to take to a potluck at a park. Is it good cold?
Yes, we enjoy it cold.
I have had baked potato salad several different places and this potato salad is the most flavorful. It was easy to make and great flavor.
This turned out deliciously. I made it for a family outdoor dinner. Everyone loved it!
Great recipe! Also super yummy with red potatoes.
First time making this, made the recipe as written and O MY, it is deee-lish! I WAS going to give my neighbor a bowl, but I think he can wait til my next, bigger batch! Thank you for posting!
Can I prepare this salad a day before?
I’d prepare everything but store the sauce separately and mix together before serving.
Loved it. I doubled it for July 4th.
Next time I will use a bit less sour cream and mayo
Yum! I will only say that you can save sour cream and mayo by doing 3/4 cup of each and I think you would still have some leftover. And I only had 6 slices of bacon and 1/2 cup cheese but it came out really good anyway.
how far ahead can i make this recipe (will it sit for 5-7 hours ok?)?
Sounds delicious! Can I make this a day in advance of serving?
Excellent side dish that is easy to make. Takes loaded baked potatoes to a whole new level.
This recipe is awesome as is. I do notice variations between mayo and sour cream brands but otherwise I follow this recipe to the T. I like heat so I swap in habanero or ghost pepper cheeses.
I had signed up to make potato salad for a work function. I wanted to try “baked potato potato salad” Which I’ve had from upscale supermarkets. I kind of had an idea of what went in it and bought all that. But then I decided to Google a recipe since I’ve never made it before. I found this one, followed it almost exactly and it was absolutely fantastic. And so easy! I did boil the potatoes to save time. I made a double batch. Everyone raved and 4 lbs was gone. Thanks so much for this excellent and easy recipe. I really love the Mayo sour cream combo, which sounds weird, but came out really great. I think I will try that in other salads such as low-carb cauliflower.
Can you boil the potatoes instead of baking them or will it not taste the same??
You can, but you’ll loose a little of the baked potato flavor.
Is this salad served hot or cold?
I make this salad at request for all our family gatherings. Lately I’m told to make a bigger one. I’m saying like really? It’s always a hit.
Super super easy and simple and incredibly good! Made this on a whim. Had left over baked potatoes, peeled cut them up, and zapped them in the microwave and made this. The family LOVED it.
Thank you for sharing this recipe!!!! I had ‘your’ salad at a picnic several years ago, and finally found the recipe for it. It was delicious then and hope it will be as delicious as when I prepare it for a family gathering…..
Again thank you.
Should this be eaten cold or warm? I’m taking it to a cookout later
Either one, but if you’re making it ahead, then store it in the fridge 🙂
OMG delicious! I made this for Father’s Day and got rave reviews. Going to treat family to my new favorite side.
Has anyone tried “baking” the potatoes in the instant pot and had similar success? I am on a time crunch.
Hi Missy, to cook whole potatoes in the Instant Pot, add one cup of cold water, prick potatoes and stack them on your wire trivet rack. Cook on high pressure for 10-14 minutes, depending on the size of your potatoes. Allow pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes. Enjoy! (Also, here is my traditional potato salad recipe, for the Instant Pot, if you’re interested: https://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/instant-pot-potato-salad/ )
Just made this for July 4th cookout today. I’m one who usually adjusts recipes after making the first time – not this one. It’s perfect!
Absolutely, potato salad. Great tasting ingredients, and beautiful look, from a glass bowl.
I have made this one several times. My brother-in-law is not a fan of traditional potato salad absolutely loved this one since it had more of a baked potato flavor. Try this and you will not regret it!
This is a super big hiy with my family, the only complaint we ever have is that there is never enough!!!
I’ve made this baking mini potatoes but the same recipe and will serve it tomorrow’s Easter Sunday picnic along w/ ribs and baked beans!!
Can you add egg?
Sure! I didn’t because I was going for traditional baked potato toppings.
Made it as it was written but halved it because there were only 3 of us eating. Still had plenty left over to have fed another 2 or 3 people. Was really good and the person that described it as a “deconstructed baked potato” was spot on. Will definitely make it again. It needed to be a bit creamier is my only semi issue with it. Will make extra dressing next time to put on top.
I was so happy to find this recipe. Due to circumstances beyond my control I have a LARGE amount of washed and foil wrapped potatoes! I have made Loaded Baked Potato Salad before, using boiled potatoes. This was FAR easier and has a more “Baked” flavor. Thank you for sharing your expertise!
Everyone LOVED this recipe. I served half hot, the other half cold. Took it on a camping trip.
Planning on making this weekend, another camping trip. Didn’t change the recipe AT ALL!! Leave it ALONE!!
Could you use yukon gold potatoes? I’m going to try this tomorrow with grilled salmon & baked beans for a birthday dinner.
Sure! Sounds delicious!
Made it & was gone before I could get a picture. This will be on the menu quite often – DELISH! Thanks!
I frequent a deli that sells baked potato salad, which I only recently tried. I’m now so hooked on the flavor that I just had to find a recipe, and this one is it! I already know that it will taste yummy, sounding so easy to put together. As I purchase a small amount of this delicious salad at least 3 or 4 times per week, making it from your recipe is also going to save me a lot of money!
Do you serve this dish warm or cold?
I usually serve it cold, but either would be delicious
I’ve made this three times in the last month- after the first time it’s been requested twice by friends. Easy and delicious.
Thanks for the recipe!
Wonderful! I’m so happy you’ve liked it. Thanks for your comment
I’ve used your recipe several times and it’s always a hit! Thank you!
Can you prepare this in advance, say the night before an event, or is it best prepared the day it is consumed?
Hi Alex, you could do that! I would suggest reserving the majority of the sauce and stirring it in right before serving. Otherwise the potatoes will soak up the sauce overnight and the mixture wont be as creamy and flavorful. Hope you enjoy it!
I really enjoyed this, thanks! Had extra dressing and it was perfect added on top of my serving. De-contructed baked potato. It’s a WIN!
I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks Regina!
One of the best things about knowing you is that I get to sample your recipe and this was absolutely amazing 🙂
This was great. I made it yesterday for a BBQ and everyone loved it!
I don’t eat bacon but potato salad sounds good. Got this recipe at perfect time going to prepare one for lunch along-with grilled sandwich and roasted peppers.
Enjoy summers !
I quite enjoy a good potatoe salad and your version looks and sounds really tasty 🙂 Pinned, hope I can maybe try ti when I’m back at my parents.
Have a great day!
This looks so good! I’m gonna have to try it.
this is such a wonderful idea!! i love it all that cheese and bacon.
That looks amazing! Its perfect for the summer
Oooohh…My boyfriend loves all things bacon. I am definitely going to try this. All of these salads look great. Just in time for summer picnics! 🙂
Lauren, that looks so good! You always make the most amazing looking dishes! I need a side dish for a bbq this weekend. Maybe I’ll try this one. 🙂
This looks amazing!! My husband will freak for this! thank you so much!