Pin a Day: Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Yesterday was mainly a Lola and Mom day while Mike was working.  I had a little shadow that followed me around all day whether I was reading, riding my exercise bike, or cooking.  She was a really good girl while I cooked, content to lay on the cushioned mat/rug in front of the sink.  I often make new main dishes, desserts, or appetizers, but I don't always try out new side dishes.  I decided to change that by trying out this new recipe for Loaded Baked Potato Salad.   I'm pretty picky about potato salad.  I really like it, but I don't always like some of the ingredients that are included in potato salad.  When I saw this recipe, I knew I had hit the jackpot.  Who doesn't love a delicious loaded baked potato?  I started by washing 1 1/2 lbs of small red potatoes, which was about 1/2 the bag.  Next, I peeled half of the potatoes and cut them into bite sized pieces.  I put them in a medium sized pot, covered them with water, and started them on to boil.  Once they boiled, I let them simmer for about 10 minutes.  I pulled them off the stove and drained them.  I lined a small baking sheet with wax paper and spread my potatoes on it.  Next, I sprinkled on some ranch dressing mix and tossed the potatoes to coat them.  I put the baking sheet in the fridge for 30 minutes to let the potatoes cool.  I cooked some bacon and made the dressing for the potato salad.  The dressing was sour cream, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, pepper, and garlic.  (I used a roasted garlic that I just got from Penzey's.  It was fabulous!). I added the potatoes to the dressing and stirred until coated.  Next, I folded in shredded cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon.  I put some cut up scallions on top and put it back in the fridge until dinner.


After a good walk and making some delightful party sandwiches, dinner was served.  We loved the potato salad.  The dressing was zesty and creamy.  The baked potato toppings made for a yummy treat.  This is one of the best potato salads I've ever had and possibly one of the first I've ever made.  This would be a great treat to have with BBQ or your favorite main course.  I will be adding it to our favorite side dish options.