Incredible Loaded Potato Salad, Bacon, Cheese

Everyone loves this loaded potato salad which is a perfect side dish to serve with your burgers, steaks or favorite wraps. This is a spin off from the classic potato salad and the loaded baked potato. This is always the first bowl to be empty at family gatherings.

What we love most about Loaded Potato Salad.

That it is packed with bacon, cheddar cheese and herbs, such a perfect combination. I made this recipe Saturday to take in the cooler for a day of deep-sea fishing Sunday to share with friends. We had a beautiful day on the water with friends, Larry caught a King Fish and I caught a Mahi Mahi. Pat helped both or us with reeling in our fresh catch. A few recipes will be posted soon and how we prepared our local harvest for our SeaSide Table.

Pat helping Larry bring in a king fish. We love the charter boats crew and owner of Smokin’ Fish.

What makes the loaded potato salad, loaded?

Just like a loaded baked potato, this salad is loaded with cheddar cheese, I used sharp cheddar, but you can use any you like, bacon, onions and sour cream.

This is the perfect recipe to make your own.

You can use yukon golds, redskin or any white potato on hand, if you want to lighten this recipe up, greek yogurt can be used. You can use crisp fried bacon or make this fast and use the bagged real bacon. Don’t like bacon, try some diced ham.

How to store your loaded potato salad.

Store in an airtight container for 3-5 days, if it lasts that long as leftovers are great for lunch. This recipe will not freeze well.

What else was in our boat cooler for our day of fishing?

Cuban Ham Sliders , Chocolate Chip Cranberry Blondies plenty of water, a few cold beers to celebrate with on the dock. What a fantastic day we had with great friends.

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Loaded Potato Salad

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  • Author: Tammy
  • Total Time: 24 with chill time
  • Yield: 8 to 10 cups


Loaded Potato Salad is loaded with all the favorite topping of a loaded bake potato all mixed together with a creamy herb mayo and sour cream dressing. Perfect for a cold side dish that is made ahead of time, that pairs great with BBQ, burgers, meal prep or on its own for your next gathering and you need a yummy make ahead side dish.  


  • Potatoes- 8 cups cubed
  • Mayo-2/3 cup
  • Sour Cream-1/2 cup
  • Bacon, 1 cup, you can use fresh bacon or use Real Bacon in the bag. I took the Real Bacon shortcut and us Marks Member brand from Sams Club.
  • Cheddar Cheese, Shredded- 1 cup.
  • Red Onion- 1/4 cup.
  • Green Onions-1/4 cup.
  • Celery- 1 stalk, chopped to desired size.
  • Garlic Powder-1 tsp.
  • Onion Power-1 tsp.
  • Black Pepper-to taste.
  • Dill Weed, optional we love the stuff, to taste, I used 1 tsp.
  • Salt, mix together to see if you need it, bacon and cheese can add enough salt. I used 1/4 tsp.


Bring a pot of water to boil, dice potatoes into bite size. Boil potatoes until fork tender. Drain and add to your mixing bowl. I find it best at this point to cool the potatoes in the frig for 30 minutes. While the potatoes are cooling dice your celery, red onion and green onion. If you are using fresh bacon, fry 6 strips of bacon and drain.  Next mixed the mayo and sour cream together with all the seasonings. Once your potatoes are cooled, gently mix the bacon, cheddar cheese and salad dressing mixture. Store overnight in a sealed container to blend all the favors, which makes this a perfect recipe to make ahead. 


  1.  Prep time will depend on if using fresh bacon or bagged real bacon.  I did not peel my potatoes, but you may want to which can add more time. Prep time can vary from person to person as we all work at different paces, enjoy the process.
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Americian

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