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Red Potato Ranch Salad- Simply Yummy

With the upcoming Labor Day Weekend, many folks will be enjoying a BBQ cookout at the park, in someone’s backyard, or their own pad.  Whether you are the host or a party goer, you’ll want easy-to-make, tasty side dishes to go along with those burgers or hot dogs.

Enter this super easy, fuss-free red potato salad.  It is tender, tasty, and simple.  Dare I say, fail-proof?

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Red Potato Salad – just a few ingredients

This tasty red potato salad is comprised of just a few simple ingredients.  If you love ranch dressing, you’ll adore this potato salad, as its base is ranch rather than the traditional mayo or sour cream.  Throw on green onions, bacon, and season to taste!  It’s tastes as great as it looks.  The red skin on these potatoes is gorgeous.

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Red Potato Salad – creamy ranch, chives, and bacon

I usually make this red potato salad a day beforehand and let it sit in fridge until I am ready to pack it for a picnic or potluck.  The flavors meld together when it has a little time to sit.  It’s one less thing to worry about on picnic/party/BBQ day.

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Red Potato Salad – crowd pleaser

Even those who don’t usually like potato salads (me) go back for seconds on this one.  Potatoes, ranch, and bacon?  What’s not to like?   Bonus: It somehow just looks and feels like this potato salad is a little healthier than most, since it doesn’t rely on loads of mayo and sour cream.  I can’t guarantee it really is much healthier, but it gives off that vibe 🙂

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Red Potato Salad – serve it up this weekend!

If you have any leftovers, red potato salad keeps very well in the fridge for a couple of days, as long as it hasn’t been sitting outdoors too long.  Happy Labor Day Weekend, and take some time to rest!

RECIPE (10-12)


3 lbs Red skinned potatoes, skin on, washed and cubed to bite-size
3-4 stalks green onions, thinly sliced
1 large bottle good ranch dressing (Hidden Valley Ranch or other good ranch b/c it makes a diff!)
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
kosher salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
optional:  dashes of garlic powder


Fill a large, heavy pot with salted water about 2/3 full.  Bring to boil.  Boil cubed potatoes for about 8-9 minutes or to desired tenderness.  Do not overcook, or results will be mushy.  Drain and rinse potatoes with cold water to cool it down.  Gently work in as much ranch dressing as needed, to desired consistency.  Mix in sliced green onions and crumbled bacon.  Add kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.  Add a dash or two of garlic powder, if desired.  Chill and enjoy!

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    • dot

    I like to throw in some diced celery, use bacon ranch dressing, about 1/4 c. Grated cheese, and use about half pkg. Or more of real bacon bits. Saves time on frying the bacon…turns out delicious!

      • chewoutloud

      Sounds yummy, Dot 🙂

    • Liz

    All these recipes are wonderful. Thanks so much. Happy 4th to you and your family.

      • chewoutloud

      You too, Liz! Enjoy 🙂

    • Catherine Mae (@TheDashingChic)

    I do believe I am making this tomorrow and will post a review of it up on my website! (I’m not using hidden valley ranch bc im not a fan of it’s flavor, i love Greggs that I get at Costco! So delicious) hopefully I can remember to give you a link of when I do post it! 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      Sounds good! Oh, yeah, I’m a fan of Costco picks, too. Hoping you like it 🙂

    • myhealthyohana

    I’m not a mayo fan either, and would definitely give this a try 🙂 Bacon makes everything better!!

    • Tamara Leigh: The Kitchen Novelist

    Adore red potatoes! My family doesn’t much like potato salad, but this one might do the job 🙂

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