Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

This super simple bacon ranch potato salad is the perfect addition to your summer BBQ dinner table. So full of flavor and lots of crunchy bacon.

I really hate the word potatoe potato. I always want to add an E at the end of the word. You may as well just call me Dan Quayle.

Can you believe I just referenced Dan Quayle in a blog post? I never thought that would happen.

However, whether or not you face issues with the word potatoe potato you should make this salad. It’s full of flavor and even includes bacon. Yes. Bacon. You know, the good stuff. Or, as I heard it referred to on Pinterest this evening “meat candy.”

Speaking of bacon. I feel I must tell you I once raised pigs as a kid. Now, I say “I raised” I really mean my dad raised and I helped. We had two pigs.

– Petunia: She was named after Porky the Pigs girlfriend. She was one of my favorite Loony Tunes characters. However, she is very unappreciated in terms of notoriety. Am I the only one who knows who she is? Petunia (my pig) grew up to be massive and was eventually taken the the slaughter house where she made awesome peppered bacon. I’m not trying to be unsensative when I say that. She really did make awesome bacon.

– Chops: She was our second pig. When we first brought her home she was so tiny that she actually lived with our beagle in the dog pen. Since she was our second pig things went a little more smoothy. We knew what and when to feed her and didn’t let her get too big. We had already made that mistake with Petunia.

Here is the thing about raising your own animals. You learn to respect them. Yes, they will eventually be slaughtered and become your dinner. However, that does not mean they are to not be treated kindly. I loved my pigs and they lived a very good life. I think having that experience growing up really taught me a lot.

Also, here is me with a baby tiger when I was a kid. I really do love animals…and apparently suspenders….really mom?

Now, I’m not sure what all my ramblings really had to do with this post (I guess we could connect it back to bacon…six degress of Kevin Bacon? Not the same thing…I think…) except I felt the need to share with you a story from my childhood. Don’t worry. I’m sure I will share more stories sometimes soon. You can hear about all the wild game I grew up eating, cleaning and shooting. I bet you can’t wait.

Deep down inside I really am just a mid-western girl at heart 🙂

So, what about you? Did you raise any of your own animals?


Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

This super simple bacon ranch potato salad is the perfect addition to your summer BBQ dinner table. So full of flavor and lots of crunchy bacon.

Yield: 4 cups potato salad

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 4 cups cubed red potatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 pound bacon - cooked and crumbled
  • 3/4 - 1 cup mayonnaise (more or less depending on how creamy you want to the salad to be)
  • 1/4 cup ranch salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Salt - to taste
  • Pepper - to taste
  • 2 tablespoons parsley - chopped

Source: Adapted from Taste of Home


In a large pot add potatoes and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and let potatoes cook until tender. About 15 minutes. Drain.

In a large bowl add potatoes, chopped onion and bacon. Set aside.

In a small bowl whisk together mayonnaise, ranch dressing, dijon mustard, champagne vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper.

Pour mayonnaise mixture overtop potato mixture, toss gently and let sit overnight (covered in a refrigerator) for the best flavor. Season with more salt and pepper if needed after sitting. When you are ready to serve sprinkle with parsley, chives or green onion.

*Note: The bacon will bring a nice level of salt to the dish so keep this in mind when salting the potato salad.

16 Responses to “Bacon Ranch Potato Salad”

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — July 30, 2012 at 9:14 am

    The suspenders!! I die!! And I could eat this potato salad by the bucket-full 🙂

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    Katrina — July 30, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Love the retro picture!
    Bacon can only make potato salad that much better. Yum!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — July 30, 2012 at 9:59 am

    We were at my parents house yesterday and my mom came downstairs with a HUGE Rubbermaid box filled with childhood pictures. Let’s just say that I have some outfits that make those suspenders look like child’s play. What were our parents thinking? Seriously.
    PS-I have the same exact issue with tomatoe. I mean tomato.

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    Michelle — July 30, 2012 at 10:05 am

    I could eat the entire bowl. I love ranch, potato salad, and the bacon is a plus. This salad would go great with a burger!!! and that photo of you with the tiger, love it!!! your skinting smile so freaking cute. wish I was able to pet a baby tiger. ps: the suspenders were cute, just don’t try pulling that outfit now. kids can get away with any outfit.. adults not so much.. heehee…

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    Megan's Cookin' — July 30, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I’m raising a cow named Peter right now and he goes to slaughter in about a month. Not a whole lot you have to do for a cow though We’re ready to fatten him up and feed him grain only, I want some marble in my meat!!! 😉 Your potato salad looks scrumptious. Yes, bacon makes life better. . 🙂

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    Reeni — July 30, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    What a little cutie in those suspenders! I truly think if I were to raise my own animals I’d become a vegetarian. But that damn bacon would ruin it! I can’t resist. Your potato salad rocks!

  7. #
    Blond Duck — July 30, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Dude, I lived in pink satin dresses. And bows the size of my head.

    I need this potato salad to ease the pain….

  8. #
    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — July 30, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm yes please. I am a super big sucker for potatoe salad. 😉 Love it. This looks freakin awesome. Totally making it.

    Love ya

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    Susan — August 1, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Now, here’s a new potato salad for me! Yup …. I’d try it, but I wouldn’t tell my mom. She such a traditionalist about the family potato salad recipe!

  10. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — August 2, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    I’m raising a golden retriever, does that count? Love this creamy carby salad!

  11. #
    Blond Duck — August 6, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Have a magical Monday!

  12. #
    Lucy Pireel — July 3, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Nom! I must try this recipe out, today! Shoot! I’m a fan, an addict, I’ve never eaten this much bacon in my entire life.
    From veggie to bacon fetishist. Wheeeeheeee!

  13. #
    Susan Stewart — July 18, 2013 at 5:49 am

    This potato salad sounds awesome and I can’t wait to try it. However, I could never send an animal I raised to the hell that awaits at the slaughter house, let alone eat the poor creature that gave love and trust. How can you be so blasé about that?

    • nutmegnanny replied: — July 18th, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

      Hi Susan – I don’t feel like I’m being blasé about butchering of animals. I grew up knowing why we had pigs. We had them for food. I was taught at a young age what why we were raising animals. I think there are a lot of issues with “big business slaughterhouses” but I can guarantee you that was not an issue for our animals. When I say we took them to the slaughterhouse it was a small operation farmer who butchered animals. Animals were treated with respect. I know it’s hard for people to think about people eating their “pets” but it’s just part of living on a farm.

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    Julie — May 29, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    {I just found this}. Raises hand and jumps up and down to be called on! I raised animals for 4-H! We raised rabbits–Champagne D’argents, to be exact. We also had a meat pen, but then when it came time to butcher them, Momma couldn’t cook them. Daddy was not pleased, so he traded them for some squirrel. Yeah. I’m pretty midwestern, huh? Also, I had a guinea pig named Petunia, who sadly died right after I went to college. I’m pretty sure it was from a broken heart. I loved her dearly (also loved my rabbits a lot, too).


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