If you're a fan of loaded baked potatoes, you're in for a treat! This Loaded Baked Potato Salad takes all the classic flavors you love and transforms them into a simple to make, crowd-pleasing dish with creamy potatoes, crispy bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, and a zesty homemade ranch dressing come together for a taste sensation that'll have everyone asking for seconds.
For Homemade Ranch Dressing:
Start by bringing a large pot of water to a rolling boil and generously sprinkle in the SPG seasoning. While the water heats up, give the red potatoes a good chop. Once the water is bubbling, add in the potatoes and let them simmer away until they're perfectly fork-tender, which should take around 15 minutes.
While the potatoes are doing their thing, go ahead and get that bacon sizzling. In a trusty cast-iron skillet, cook it until almost crispy, then let it drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
Once your potatoes are tender, drain away the water and set them aside to cool. In the meantime, let's whip up that homemade ranch dressing. Follow the instructions on the ranch mix packet, combining it with milk and Duke's mayonnaise for a zesty, creamy dressing that will take your salad to the next level.
Now, it's time to bring it all together. Pour those drained and cooled potatoes into a mixing bowl (or return them to the pot you used to boil them). Add a portion of the ranch dressing, about half of the cheese, and those crispy bacon bits. Give it all a good stir to coat every potato with that flavorful dressing. If you find it needs a little extra dressing or a sprinkle of SPG, feel free to adjust to your taste.
Finally, it's time to add the finishing touches that will take this salad from great to outstanding! Chop up those fresh chives and green onions, and toss them into the mix. Add dollops of sour cream, to taste. Don't forget to garnish with a final sprinkle of cheese!
Now, grab a fork and savor every bite of this delightful loaded baked potato salad. Enjoy!
Loaded baked potato salad with creamy potatoes, crispy bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, and a zesty homemade ranch dressing - all coming together for a taste sensation that'll have everyone asking for seconds
SPG Rub, to taste
Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil and sprinkle in the SPG seasoning generously.
Chop the red potatoes while waiting for the water to heat up.
Once water is boiling, add the potatoes and simmer until fork-tender (about 15 minutes).
In a cast-iron skillet, cook the bacon until almost crispy, then drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
Drain the cooked potatoes and set them aside to cool.
Prepare the homemade ranch dressing by following the instructions on the ranch mix packet, combining it with milk and Duke's mayonnaise.
Pour the drained, cooled potatoes into a mixing bowl and add a portion of the ranch dressing, half of the cheese, and the bacon bits. Stir to coat every potato.
Adjust the dressing or seasoning to taste if needed. Chop fresh chives and green onions, and toss them into the mix. Add dollops of sour cream to taste.
Garnish with a final sprinkle of cheese.
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