Ranch Potato Salad with Bacon and Eggs

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What’s not to love about a fully loaded Ranch Potato Salad filled with bits of bacon and chunks of egg? This spectacular potato salad has been my kids’ favorite potato salad for over two years now.

This is an easy potato salad with bacon and egg that I know you’ll love as much as we do.

Ranch potato salad with bacon and eggs

Ranch Potato Salad

One day a few years ago, while I was making a fresh batch of Ranch Dressing, my eye fell on an enormous leftover baked potato and a few hard-boiled eggs waiting in the refrigerator.

They were almost begging me to make a potato salad. I won’t pretend that the bacon was leftover, I cooked it fresh. Who ever heard of leftover bacon?!

Even with cooking the bacon, this recipe came together so easily that I instantly knew it would be one that would be showing up a lot on our lunch menus. This recipe multiplies beautifully. I usually double or triple it for get togethers with friends. I’ve served it to plenty of guests, brought it to potlucks, and made it as a dinner side dish and it’s a hit every time.

Potato Salad with Bacon and Egg

When I decided to make a ranch potato salad that first time, my mind immediately turned to bacon.

I wanted a salad with the flavors of ranch dressing, but also with some smokiness from the bacon. I used just a bit of the bacon grease to season the dressing and the whole salad picked up a slightly smoky flavor that I loved.

Using leftover hardboiled eggs and baked potatoes made this recipe come together quickly. Rather than using a storebought or pre-made ranch dressing, I made an extra thick dressing with mayonnaise and all the usual ranch seasoning suspects like dill and parsley.

Every bite of this potato salad was creamy and full of smoky bacon and herbed ranch flavor. Fresh green onions tossed in at the end added a terrific bite and satisfying crunch to the salad.

Don’t be scared of the bacon grease, it makes an enormous difference in the final result. It’s just a small amount and takes this from an ordinarily good potato salad to something that tastes better than any potato salad I’ve had from a restaurant or deli.

It definitely blows the store-bought stuff completely out of the water.

Bacon and Egg Ranch Potato SaladRanch Potato Salad

Can there be a perfect potato salad? If so, this is it. I found myself snacking on this all afternoon that first time I made it. Every time I walked through the kitchen, a fork managed to find its way into my hand as I opened and closed the refrigerator, just to “test” this recipe one more time.

I’m lucky that there was enough left for our dinner!

Since the first time I made this ranch potato salad, I’ve served it as a side dish to countless main dishes. We love it with Crunchy Baked Chicken and Filthy Burgers but also it’s hearty and filling enough to serve as a lunch or light dinner all on its own.

And yes, I still find myself sneaking bites of it whenever I have leftovers in the fridge.

This potato salad doesn’t need to wait or chill before being served. The flavors of everything come together perfectly right away and it’s best served fresh. I’ve also stored it in the fridge for a few hours or up to a day before serving and it’s still tasted fantastic.

Be prepared for everyone to ask you for your recipe when you bring this to a potluck. Everyone is always blown away by this combination of tender potatoes, creamy ranch, and smoky bacon.

An easy homemade ranch dressing makes this one awesome potato salad!

More Potato Salad Recipes

Nothing says barbecue or picnic like a potato salad. If you’re looking for more great potato salad recipes, here are some more I’ve made over the years you need to try.

Like its name suggests, Garlic Lover’s Potato Salad is a favorite side dish for our garlic loving family. This Lemony Dill Potato Salad, Garlic and Thyme Potato Salad with Leeks and this Italian Potato Salad have been hits all around as well.

Looking for more potato salads with bacon and egg? Check out my Dill Pickle and Bacon Potato Salad and this Bacon and Egg Taco Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing.

For an egg potato salad without mayo, give this Deviled Egg Potato Salad from Foolproof Living a try.

Honey Dijon Roasted Potato Salad is a must-try if you love honey mustard flavors. I’ve never had anyone turn down a second helping of that potato salad recipe!

Bacon + Eggs + Potatoes + Ranch Dressing = one seriously awesome side dish for summer

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Bacon + Eggs + Potatoes + Ranch Dressing = one seriously awesome side dish for summer

Ranch Potato Salad with Bacon and Eggs

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Potato salad with bacon, eggs, and ranch dressing is a kid and adult favorite!
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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 very large russet potato about 1 lb, baked, peeled and diced small, about 1/2" in size
  • 3 eggs boiled, peeled and chopped
  • 3 slices cooked bacon chopped or sliced small
  • 1 tablespoon reserved bacon grease
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1 green onion sliced very thinly

Instructions

  • Combine the potatoes, eggs and bacon in a bowl and set aside. Whisk together the remaining ingredients, except for the green onion.
  • Pour the dressing over the potato mixture and toss well to coat. Add the green onions and toss lightly.
  • Serve immediately or chill until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Notes

I am a big fan of dicing the potatoes extra small in this recipe. I keep mine about 1/2" in size and each bite is a great mix of potato and egg.

Nutrition

Calories: 320kcal · Carbohydrates: 11g · Protein: 8g · Fat: 27g · Saturated Fat: 7g · Cholesterol: 145mg · Sodium: 574mg · Potassium: 318mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 1g · Vitamin A: 629IU · Vitamin C: 8mg · Calcium: 30mg · Iron: 1mg
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{originally published 4-16-13 – recipe notes and photos updated 6-15-20}

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  1. adina says

    I made this salad about an year ago. It was absolutely great, one of the best potato salads ever. Thank you for the reminder, I have to make it again soon.

  2. Carol K. says

    Sounds delicious! I’d like to make it with fresh herbs I have growing. Do you know how much I should use versus dried?5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      You’ll use 3x the amount for fresh herbs vs for dried herbs. And as always, adjust to taste, Carol. This is awesome with fresh herbs.

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