Loaded Potato Salad

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

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

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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!

How to make the best Loaded Potato Salad:

  • 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.
  • Add 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 recipe:

Yield: 12-16 servings

Loaded Potato Salad

Loaded Potato Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes


  • 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.
  3. Mix until blended. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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

Today’s recipe for Loaded Potato Salad was originally published on Shugary Sweets on July 22, 2014 and has been republished in July 2018.

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27 comments on “Loaded Potato Salad”

  1. This is perfect for the picnic that we’re attending. I love potato salad but it’s never been loaded before!

  2. 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!

  3. I bet this would disappear in an instant at any family gathering! Looks so delicious! Pinning!

  4. What a great way to serve potato salad! And, more importantly, to eat it!

  5. Looks delish! Perfect picnic food. 🙂

  6. I love this recipe! great to take to a picnic or potluck

  7. This potato salad looks like an absolute crowd pleaser. Just the thought of bacon and cheese – yum!

  8. Potato Salad with bacon and cheese is always a winner here too!!! This is the perfect potluck salad for summer!

  9. 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!

  10. Talk about potato salad on steroids!

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  12. 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 🙂

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

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

  16. Debbi

    Each time I make this I get rave reviews, some stating that’s THE BEST potato salad they’ve ever had in their life, and someone always asks for the recipe. People have requested that I bring this to the next potluck, picnic, etc. It is also awesome heated up as well, except the oils come out from the mayo. I’m getting ready to make it for our Memorial Day picnic, and thinking of trying half sour cream this time around. Thanks for the awesome recipe Aimee!

  17. Hi Aimee,

    Crazy weeks are what summer’s all about for us — love this as a perfect dish. We have a pool party coming up and I think this will be our dish! Excited to try it!

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  20. Julie

    Love your recipe for loaded potato salad. Mine is close . I drizzle olive oil (light coating) stir and salt and pepper next. This is done while potatoes are still  very warm

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