Loaded Potato Salad

This Loaded Potato Salad is full of cheese, bacon and green onions! A satisfying, flavorful side dish the whole family will love.

Serve today’s potato salad along with BBQ Jackfruit Sliders for a hearty crowd pleasing meal.

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

Why This Potato Salad is Best

Loaded Potato Salad puts a delicious spin on a familiar picnic favorite.

  • This cold side dish is loaded with potatoes, cheese and bacon.
  • Tossed with a tangy, creamy mayonnaise dressing.
  • Easy to make. You don’t even need to peel the potatoes first!
  • Perfect for potlucks, barbecues or everyday dinners!

If you’re looking for a more traditional version, check out this Potato Salad based on my grandma’s tried and true recipe.

Have you ever had a warm potato salad? Try my German Potato Salad recipe and find out how delicious it can be.

But, back to the topic at hand. Let’s make some Loaded Potato Salad for dinner tonight!

Ingredient Notes

  • Potatoes – I use red potatoes for potato salad. They have a lower starch content than other varieties which makes them perfect for boiling.
  • Mayonnaise – Make sure to use the REAL stuff! Not miracle whip.
  • Bacon – Cook on the stove (or oven) and crumble into pieces.
  • Shredded cheese – I use colby-jack.
  • Green onions – for a pop of freshness and color.

I also seasoned the salad with a little salt and pepper to taste. The bacon and cheese add so much flavor already that you don’t need a ton of seasonings or spices in this recipe.

Tips and Tricks

  • Boil the potatoes whole unpeeled. After boiling, pinch the skin and it will slide right off. It’s such a time saver!
  • My grandma always cut her potatoes really tiny for her potato salad. It keeps them fresh getting mashed when you toss them with the other ingredients.
  • She also only used Hellman’s Real Mayonnaise. Trust me, it makes a difference.
  • Store loaded potato salad in the refrigerator until ready to serve. I think it tastes best when it’s had an hour or so to chill. The flavors will blend beautifully.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use a different kind of potato?

Yes, you can. Round white potatoes or “salt potatoes” are a good substitution for the red ones here.
Russet potatoes can be used, but I suggest peeling them first. The skin is thicker and doesn’t slide off as easily after boiling.

Do I need to peel the potatoes?

Nope! My grandma pre-peeled her potatoes, but I just pull the skin off after boiling. Works like a charm.

How do I keep potatoes from getting mushy in my potato salad?

Make sure to let your potatoes cool completely after boiling to prevent mashing.
Cutting the potatoes into smaller chunks will help too.

How long does loaded potato salad stay good?

Loaded potato salad is best enjoyed within 2-3 days of assembly. I love to make it a day ahead and let it chill overnight.

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

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Yield: 16 servings

Loaded Potato Salad

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Loaded Potato Salad with all the fixings, bacon, cheese, and onion!


  • 3 pounds red potatoes
  • 30 ounce jar Hellman's Real Mayonnaise
  • 1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup shredded colby-jack cheese
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 604Total Fat: 53gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 40gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 1031mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 14g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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

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Posted on July 19, 2018

Comments & Reviews

  1. 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

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

    1. We just had it this weekend as well, it’s always a hit. LOVE the idea of heating it up 🙂

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

  5. 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 🙂

  6. 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!

    1. 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 🙂

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

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

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

  10. 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!

  11. 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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