Loaded Potato Salad

by aimee @ shugarysweets on July 22, 2014

This Loaded Potato Salad is sure to be a crowd pleaser. I can tell you it definitely was a hit with my family!

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Loaded Potato Salad: easy potato salad recipe packed with your favorite toppings: cheese, bacon and onion!

This has been a crazy week at the Shugary house. With out of town guests, picnics and potlucks, we needed something delicious to bring and share!

This Loaded Potato Salad was the perfect solution. Three years ago I shared my Grandma’s Potato Salad, and it became a huge hit. It’s a classic recipe for a simple yet delicious potato salad.

But over the years, making a “loaded” version has been on my mind. By “loaded” I of course mean with bacon and cheese! Much like this Loaded Mashed Potato dish.

I mean, really, you can’t go wrong with potatoes, bacon, cheese and onion! My grandma always cut her potatoes really tiny for her potato salad. She also only used Hellman’s Real Mayonnaise. Trust me, it makes a difference. I took the egg and the green peppers out (after all, who needs those healthy ingredients, right?) and instead added in some bacon bits (the real stuff) and some shredded Colby Jack cheese. I also chopped up some green onions for a little color and flavor too!

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Loaded Potato Salad: easy potato salad recipe packed with your favorite toppings: cheese, bacon and onion!

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Loaded Potato Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: serves 12-16


  • 3 lb red potatoes
  • 30oz jar Hellman's Real Mayonnaise
  • 1lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup shredded colby-jack cheese
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  1. Boil potatoes in a large pot, covered, until fork tender. Remove immediately and the skin should pinch right off. Cool ten minutes, then dice the potatoes small (this keeps them from being mashed).
  2. In a large bowl combine diced potatoes, mayonnaise, bacon, cheese, onion, salt and pepper. Mix until blended. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Here are a few of our family favorite “side dishes”….


Best Mac and Cheese. Ever. Kids and family will RAVE over this delicious dish!


Cherry Dump Salad: totally my kind of “salad” recipe! Sweet and perfect for any meal.


Sweet Potato Fries: crispy seasoned fries with a sweet Cinnamon dipping sauce. OMG yum!

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Tom @ Raise Your Garden July 22, 2014 at 7:42 am

This is perfect for the picnic that we’re attending. I love potato salad but it’s never been loaded before!
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Cookbook Queen July 22, 2014 at 7:49 am

I make a version of this using half sour cream for half the mayo, and baked potatoes instead of boiled. It’s the only potato salad my husband will eat, and I am always asked for the recipe. Perfect cook-out food!


Camille August 1, 2014 at 8:30 pm

That sounds great! I think I might try your version :)


Mallory @ Chocolate with Grace July 22, 2014 at 7:58 am

I bet this would disappear in an instant at any family gathering! Looks so delicious! Pinning!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 23, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Thanks for pinning Mallory!


kristy @ the wicked noodle July 22, 2014 at 8:07 am

What a great way to serve potato salad! And, more importantly, to eat it!
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Melanie @ Carmel Moments July 22, 2014 at 8:41 am

Looks delish! Perfect picnic food. :)
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janelle July 22, 2014 at 9:06 am

I love this recipe! great to take to a picnic or potluck
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Christie Daruwalla July 22, 2014 at 10:31 am

This potato salad looks like an absolute crowd pleaser. Just the thought of bacon and cheese – yum!
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aimee @ shugarysweets July 23, 2014 at 4:57 pm

I know everyone in my crowd loved it :)


Jocelyn @BruCrew Life July 22, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Potato Salad with bacon and cheese is always a winner here too!!! This is the perfect potluck salad for summer!
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amanda @ fake ginger July 22, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Mmm, I hate making potato salad because my potatoes always end up too mushy or undercooked but I’m gonna risk it for this. Looks awesome!


aimee @ shugarysweets July 23, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Definitely let your potatoes cool before dicing, keeps them from being mashed. That way if you over cook them it won’t matter (better over cooked than under cooked)!! ENJOY :)


Lori July 22, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Talk about potato salad on steroids!


aimee @ shugarysweets July 23, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Yeah….and in this case steroids = delicious :)


Office cleaners Hammersmith July 23, 2014 at 4:31 am

Sounds very delicious, I wouldn’t miss the boiled eggs, think that they fit perfectly. You are right about Hellman’s real mayonnaise, there are the difference :)


shelly (cookies and cups) July 29, 2014 at 4:19 pm

I know this is weird, but potato salad might be my all-time favorite food…
I can’t wait to try this recipe!!


Julie Blanner August 3, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Let me just say… Potatoes are one of my favorite foods. Love it! Thanks for sharing. :)
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