Loaded Baked Potato Salad

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This loaded baked potato salad is the perfect side dish for potlucks, BBQs, camping trips, and 4th of July celebrations. With the arrival of hot-weather months I look forward to preparing a whole array of delicious cool summer salads that family and friends will rave about. Today I’m preparing this loaded baked potato salad for a little dinner party that our friends are hosting at their beautiful new home.

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Loaded Baked Potato Salad Recipe

If you enjoy baked potatoes with all the fixings like cheese, bacon, onions and sour cream, then you’ll absolutely love this loaded baked potato salad recipe! It has all of the traditional favorites you crave. Below is a visual of all the ingredients you’ll need to create a memorable potato salad. Once you make a bowl of this deliciousness, get ready for family and friends to ask you for the recipe for this scrumptious loaded baked potato salad.

Ingredients for Loaded Baked Potato Salad

For this potato salad recipe I wanted my potatoes to really channel the taste of a baked potato that’s been loaded with delicious goodness. In order to achieve the same consistency and flakiness of a restaurant-style baked potato there’s a secret. It’s baking the potatoes rather than boiling them. I brush each potato with a little olive oil before popping them into the oven. This makes the skins nice and crispy and easy to remove after baking. I know my baked potatoes are tender and done when I can easily slide a knife all the way through them without resistance. In my oven this is usually after about 40-45 minutes of baking at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Once out of the oven I slice the potatoes in into quarters while still on the baking sheet. This allows for the hot steam to escape and the potatoes can cool more quickly. Then using my fingertips and a knife, I gently remove the skins. Each potato is then cut into bite-sized pieces and placed in a large mixing bowl. For an incredible boost of flavor, I sprinkle the cooled potatoes with apple cider vinegar. I allow about 10-15 minutes for the vinegar to soak into the potatoes before adding in the rest of the ingredients.

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To keep the beautiful flaky pieces of baked potatoes from becoming mushy, I use a separate bowl to combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Then I gently fold this mixture into the potatoes along with the crispy bacon pieces, green onions and Tillamook medium cheddar cheese.

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About the bacon: For this potato salad recipe I buy my bacon at the butcher’s counter so that it’s extra thick and a bit leaner than regular packaged bacon. Thinner bacon will be light and crumbly and won’t have the same hearty look and taste as the bacon in these images. As I write this post I’m enjoying a little plate of this extra-special potato salad. Let me assure you, this loaded baked potato salad is super scrumptious!

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The Best Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Loaded Baked Potato Salad


Scrumptious loaded baked potato salad is the perfect side dish for potlucks, BBQs, camping trips, and 4th of July celebrations. This yummy potato salad is destined to become one of your favorite go-to recipes!


  • 6 pounds Russet potatoes
  • 34 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 + 1/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt (plus a few sprinkles more!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 + 1/2 pounds thick-cut butcher’s bacon, cooked and coarsely chopped
  • 56 green onions, chopped
  • 2 cups medium cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. Move oven rack to middle position. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. With a potato brush, scrub potatoes clean under running water. Dry off potatoes with a dish towel.
  3. Using a fork, pierce potatoes 3-4 times on each side and transfer to a baking tray. Brush all sides of the potatoes with olive oil.
  4. Bake the potatoes for approximately 45 minutes until tender. You’ll know they’re done when you can run a knife straight through the potatoes without resistance.
  5. On the baking tray, cut each potato into four pieces to allow steam to escape. Allow potatoes to cool for 10 minutes. Using a knife and your fingertips, remove the potato skins.
  6. Cut potatoes into bite-size pieces and transfer to a large mixing bowl. For a beautiful flavor, sprinkle the cooled potatoes with apple cider vinegar.
  7. In a small mixing bowl blend the mayonnaise, sour cream, salt and pepper together with a spatula.
  8. Pour wet mixture over the potatoes. Using a spatula gently fold in the mixture.
  9. Gently fold in remaining ingredients: bacon, green onions and cheddar cheese.
  10. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving. Enjoy!


Perfect for picnics, potlucks, BBQs and 4th of July.

  • Category: Side Dish, Potluck, Summer
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: loaded baked potato salad, potato salad, potato salad recipe

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What will you serve with your Loaded Baked Potato Salad? I serve mine as a delicious side dish for hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken and steak. It’s truly the best potluck recipe! I’d love to hear what you think. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

69 thoughts on “Loaded Baked Potato Salad”

  1. Hi! I love your website and this recipe! Could I make this recipe the night before then refrigerate it till I need it? I have a church picnic tomorrow and I want to try this out! Thanks!

    • ?Hello Anna. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment! Yes, this yummy loaded potato salad can be made a day in advance and served the following day. Have a wonderful time at your church picnic tomorrow. It sounds like so much fun! ?

    • This loaded baked potato salad is just as scrumptious as it looks! Thanks so much Ashlea for stopping by to visit me here at Confetti and Bliss. Have a great week. :-)

  2. Wow this absolutely looks a yummy recipe and I can’t wait to try this on weekends I love potato salad so much

  3. OMG! this is so perfect. I love potatoes and I just bought a bunch of them. I’m going to try this tomorrow for sure. Thank you for sharing

  4. OH YUM! Totally pinning this to my group board! Thank you so much. Potatoes are my favorite comfort food, and they’re so versatile!

  5. Oh my god I love potato salad and this looks so darn good! I feel like this would be perfect for me to take away with me to work and it would be filling as well!

  6. You weren’t kidding about it being loaded! I am loving this recipe and I’m sure the whole family will love it as well. I think it’s awesome that you shared this recipe!

  7. I pinned this because I HAVE to try it. It looks absolutely amazing – so creamy and delicious! BTW the vintage-inspired dishtowels are awesome: I have some actual vintage towels from my mom that look almost identical, and just used them in some photos for an upcoming post. Love it! :)

  8. This looks so delicious and easy to make. I will have to get the ingredients I need to make some for our BBQ this weekend. I am sure it will be a big hit.


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