Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

All the goodness of a loaded baked potato mixed together in salad form. I love this dish! I make it every few months and my family "oohs" and "ahhs" over it every time. I like to mix it all together while the potatoes are still  fairly warm and serve it right away. Also excellent when served chilled. It's really up to your preference. The perfect partner for your grilled steak or chicken. Enjoy!






Ingredients:
4 large Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup freshly chopped chives, divided
8 strips of bacon (6 for the salad and 2 for topping) cooked and crumbled
1 tsp black pepper
salt to taste
Serves 4 - 6 (Simply double list of ingredients if you need a larger serving)

Directions:
In a small bowl, mix together your mayonnaise, and sour cream. Make sure the two are completely combined and then add half of the chives, cheese, and pepper. Taste mixture to see if you prefer some salt. (I usually add a dash or two.) Let chill in fridge for a bit. Meanwhile, peel and cube your potatoes in to bite size pieces. Put in a large pot, cover with water, and boil until fork tender. About 20 minutes. *You need to keep an eye on them. If they cook too long you'll end up with more of a mashed potato consistency when you mix them with the sauce.

When potatoes are ready, drain and let cool just a bit. *Let them cool a lot if you plan to serve chilled. Put potatoes in a large bowl or dish and combine with sour cream mixture. Fold in most of your crumbled bacon. Top with remaining half of chives and remaining crumbled bacon.

LESLIE'S NOTES: I typically  make this dish with Russet potatoes. I gave the suggestion of Yukon Gold because I have made it using those as well. Both are excellent! I also like to leave a little bit of the skins on the potatoes (especially if using Russets) to give a really baked potato taste. But that's just me.
 
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117 comments:

  1. Leslie, I alwazs get hungry when I see your posts :) And I have just eaten...

    Best regards,
    Aleksandra

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    1. Oh, thank you so much! :)

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    2. krazy carolie

      I have been looking for this recipe forever . but could not get it just right . This is the best ever ! winter summer fall or spring . I love to make it big then have it at a meal cold . Heat the left overs on my plate in the microwave and enjoy as my lunch or snack or with left overs or along as a side for another dinner . As you can tell I .....love it .

      Thank you ,
      carol

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  2. Me too, My tummy just rumbles.....I am definatly making thus when I get home from vacation.....Beautiful pic. Leslie.

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    1. Thanks, Penny! I know you'll love this one!

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  3. looks amazing1 perfect for weekend BBQ

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  4. This recipe is everything that is right and good in this world. YUM! Oh I absolutely cannot wait to make this potato salad. I'm thinking Thing 1's birthday!

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    1. Leslie! I'm giving you the Versatile Blogger Award!

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  5. This looks so good! I may have to try it :)
    Found you through the Happy Hour Projects link up...I can't wait to "dig" through some of your other recipes!

    Rhiannon from beingmomme.blogspot.com

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  6. That looks so good, of course I love this, it's me Mindie from Bacon Time.

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  7. Found you @ Thursday's Treasures. I love the sound of this recipe, and think it will be on the menu this weekend!

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  8. I make a similar version of this, except I add dry Ranch dressing mix to the mayo and sour cream and it is wonderful!

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    1. How much Ranch Dressing mix do you add to mayo mixture?

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  9. YUM! This looks delicious. I can't wait to try this! :)

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  10. This looks great! Do you have a particular brand of mayo that you use? They don't all taste the same. :-)

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  11. How may does this recipe serve?

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    1. Serves 4 to 6. If you need a larger amount, simply double the recipe. Maybe hold off on doubling the pepper. Taste first to see if you'd like more. (I need to go in and add this to my post) Thanks!

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  12. I know this might sound crazy but a little bit of ranch seasoning packet to the recipe it tastes so good, but don't add salt, the packet has enough salt in it. Just a little suggestion.

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    1. It doesn't sound crazy! I bet it's delicious!

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  13. I have to make this for our 4th of July cookout.

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  14. Oh my! I made this today, doubling the recipe and adding some garlic. It is so delicious! Thanks for a fantastic recipe!

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  15. This looks and sounds absolutely yummy. I just ate and now I have to go to the kitchen and try this. It will be perfect for my next ladies group meeting. Thanks for the recipe. All if your pins are gorgeous.

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  16. I make a similar version - that is quite delicious. I take about 3-4 large russet potatoes, stab them with a fork and microwave them for 10 minutes each side. Once the potatoes are slightly soft I allow them to cool a bit. While the potatoe is still warm, I slice it in half, scoop out the inside and add all of my ingredients into a bowl. (I use cream cheese instead of mayonaise) I add the sour cream, cream cheese, milk. I microwave until very hot and then I mash the potatoes, scoop it out and dress it with bacon, cheese (whatever you like) & chives. I Bake until top melts golden. It does take a long time for prep but it is worth it.

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    1. I forgot to add, I put the mashed potatoe back into the shell of the skin and then dress and bake it in the oven at 425 just to brown it up. Amazing bareque dish :o)

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  17. I normally don't care for potato salad, but there is no way I could resist your version!

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  18. Mmmm.... this looks great. Gonna try it with cauliflower instead of potatoes. Won't be as good I'm sure, but watching carb intake.

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    1. I bet it'll be great! I have seen a lot of recipe lately using cauliflower as a substitute. Let me know how it turns out!

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  19. Having a BBQ tomorrow. And I am definitely making this. It looks awesome. I found the recipe through pinterest.

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  20. I imagine using greek yogurt in place of sour cream would work too. thanks for a yummy recipe to try

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  21. I am inviting you to my blog hop:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/06/show-your-stuff-30-redid-no-fail.html

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    1. Thank you so much for the invite! :)

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  22. I made this recipe today to take to a cookout and it was a big hit! Thanks for sharing it!

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  23. The only thing I did different was to cook 10 slices of bacon, 6 for the salad, 2 for the topping and 2 for cooks treat!!! :)

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  24. I just made this for dinner to go with pulled pork and it was so good. My whole family really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing! It truly is a keeper.

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  25. This looks so good, wish I could jump in and eat it! Great for bbq's !! Can't wait to try this, my husband would love it!

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  26. I remember reading one of your recipes on a wesite. I made a comment and soon after you replied and added me to your F so I could check out all your recipes! I was in awe of you then....now I'm blown away!! You are amazing, sharing what you love to do with everyone!! I'm am grateful to be on your friends list and grateful for the numerous recipes you share that have my mouth constantly watering!!! lol xoxoxo
    Gonna make this for my dad!!

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    1. please insert a B after the ....lol

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    2. Diane, thank you so much! This is one of the best messages I have received so far!
      You just made my week!! xo, Leslie

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  27. I NEVER respond to anything like this but HAD TO after making this dish tonight! It was absolutely heavenly...my mouth would water looking at it before & it's even better when eaten!! I cannot wait to cook this for summer bbqs & family get togethers. I used Yukon gold potatoes & a little garlic salt...A-MA-ZING!!! Thank you so much for sharing this tasty dish & thank you to pinterest for making finding this blog possible :)

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    1. I am so happy that you enjoyed my dish and were able to find my blog! Love this message! :)

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  28. Good morning Leslie! I found this photo of your yummy potato salad on pinterest..Im your newest follower! (purehunnybee)
    It looks so delicious! Looking forward to getting to know you here!

    Deborah :)

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    1. Thanks for following, Deborah! I will be sure to stop by your blog. :)

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  29. Hi there!
    I just want to thank you for sharing this awesome recipe. I am featuring your dish on my blog today. Thank you again!!

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    1. Thank you so much for the feature! I have been out of town, but will for sure stop by your blog! :)

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    2. Thank you so much for the feature! I wasn't able to find it, but I did join your link party today!

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  30. Our family LOVES potato salad! What a great recipe! We'd love for you to share it at our party! http://housewivesofriverton.blogspot.com/2012/06/recipe-round-up-23.html

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  31. Ok this looks amazing! I cant wait to try it!! Im a new follower and I love your blog! Would love for you to visit mine! :)

    riversrecipereview.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for following, Alyssa! i will be sure and return the favor!

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  32. Hi Leslie!

    I found this recipe and can't wait to try it! I was wondering what you thought about using small red potatoes instead of the Yukons. Of course I will leave some skins on.
    I can't wait to try it for the 4th!
    Thanks for posting and can't wait to also look at some of your other recipes!
    Pam

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    1. Hi Pam! I haven't tried it with red potatoes. Let me know how yours turns out! That would be great info to pass on to others who may be wondering the same thing.

      Leslie

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  33. I have a question. Does this hold up well in the fridge if made the night before?

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    1. I'm curious about that too!

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    2. It holds up great! I used Yukon gold potatoes & it seemed even better the day after :)

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    3. It does hold up in the fridge. I would hold off on garnishing it with the additional bacon crumbles until just before serving. That way they maintain their crispness and color. Other than that it is really delicious the next day!

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  34. I made this and it tasted like a potato salad without the eggs. Served it cold and it was refreshing. Easy to make too.

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  35. We have a cookout this weekend and this will be the perfect dish to bring. I would love it if you shared this on Tout It Tuesday. http://www.claimingourspace.com/2012/07/tout-it-tuesday-13.html

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  36. This looks awesome, Leslie! Thanks for sharing! I wanted to let you know that I am featuring this today at Whatcha Whipped Up Wednesday. Have a great night!

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    1. Yay! Thank you so much for the feature! I just got back in town and will be sure to stop by! :)

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  37. So looking forward to eating some tomorrow!! Thank you Leslie :)

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  38. Do you prefer to serve this warm or chilled?

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    1. I've made her recipe twice this week (each time it just gets better) & I would say, the 5 people that have tried it at my house prefer it warm & I would say warm too. Although, it's almost just as good cold....it's all about preference :)

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    2. I like it warm, my husband likes it cold. The one thing I will say about serving it chilled, is to wait until you are ready to serve before garnishing with the bacon crumbles. That way they stay crispy and retain their color. So glad you enjoyed it!

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  39. I'm drooling already! I can't wait to try this recipe! My family will love this too! Thanks for sharing!

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  40. Thank you for this recipe! I made it this morning to take to a BBQ this afternoon. Without even sitting and melding it was delicious. I can't wait to try it again tonight! I just hope my family is able to stay out of it today!

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  41. I used prepackage bacon pieces for my salad and they still tasted wonderful the next day. Great recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You are so welcome! Costco carries a really great brand of the packaged bacon crumbles. Perfect for a dish like this!

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  42. Your Loaded Baked Potato Salad Recipe has been featured for Functional Friday!

    Thanks so much for linking up!

    ~Angela

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  43. Your salad looks delicious!!! Greetings from Italy, Pattypa

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  44. This salad looks so delicious! I found you at the Weekend Potluck. Thank you for sharing!

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  45. This looks sooooo delicious. Congrats on being a featured recipe at last week's Weekend Potluck. Be sure to stop by and pick up your "featured button" on our sidebar. Have a great week!
    http://sunflowersupperclub.blogspot.com/2012/07/weekend-potluck-25.html
    ~Kim

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  46. I can't wait to try this recipe! I saw it at Weekend Potluck. I'm your newest follower :)

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  47. Thank you for participating in Show Your Stuff Blog Hop, You are invited to come back:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/07/show-your-stuff-31.html

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  48. YUMMY!! I just pinned this to try this summer :)

    Thanks for linking up with my new blog party!! I'm also following you back :))

    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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  49. My mother is going through chemo, and has lost her taste for most things, but potatoes are one of the only foods that doesn't make her loose her appetite. I made this for my family to have with our grilled steaks the other day. We loved it, and I took some to my mom to see if it would be something that would put some flavor back into her life, and she loved it too, although the mayo/sour cream was a bit much for her, so I tried the greek yogurt that someone commented about, and my mom ended up having the biggest meal that she's been able to have for weeks! Thank you for posting this, thank you to the person who suggested greek yogurt, and thank you to pinterest for making my mouth water enough to click through to the recipe!

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    1. This is probably the best comment I have ever received! I am so glad that your mom liked it! And yes, the Greek yogurt is an excellent sub for mayo in just about any dish that calls for mayo. (I need to go in and add that suggestion to my post) I hope that your mom is feeling better and that you continue to find recipes that perk up her appetite. Hugs to you and your mom!

      xo, Leslie

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  50. I don't care for chives, can it be made without?

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    1. Of course it can be made w/out! You may want to substitute with something else. I put the chives in there because they are typically what you get with a loaded baked potato. If there's another type of onion or herb you like, I would go with that.

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  51. OMG....this looks wonderful! Cannot wait to try!

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  52. This looks yummy. I am going to try it for the family bar-b-que...Thanks for the recipe...

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  53. Just made this tonight as a side for some leftover turkey meatloaf. It was delicious and a nice side alternative to plain mashed potatoes! My husband loved it!

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  54. Hi Leslie,

    My sweet 30 yr old daughter's name is Amanda Leslie Stevens, and she has said many times that she wishes her first name was Leslie. My husband and I have been married for 34 yrs and during that time my husband has never liked any new recipe for potato salad I have tried. He always says he likes mine; which I take as a compliment but sometimes I like to make things a different way. I have just found your blog via The Country Cook's blog, and I am going to prepare this recipe tomorrow. I can guarantee that my husband will like this recipe, even though he prefers Miracle Whip to mayonnaise. When I saw the addition of the bacon, I knew I had finally found another potato salad recipe he would like.

    Thanks so much and I look forward to trying many more of your delicious-looking recipes!

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    1. Thank you so much for the sweet comment! I actually made this recipe with my husband in mind. He is not a fan of traditional potato salads but loves baked potatoes. It's a staple dish in our home. I hope your husband enjoys it!

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  55. What a great dish and a great blog thanks for sharing, this really does look and sound delicious. I just love the simple things in life.

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  56. Yum! this looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing, you've been featured at Sunday Round Up this week! > http://www.kaylascreationsblog.com/2012/07/sunday-round-up-18.html Have a wonderful weekend! :)

    -Kayla :)

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  57. I made this as a side dish to crock pot beer chicken. The meal was awesome. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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  58. Love that there are no Onions! I can't eat them and it is so hard to find good onionless potato salads!

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  59. I make this last night and it is very easy to make and everyone love it.

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  60. yum! I would love for you to share this at my link party :) http://www.addhousewife.com/2012/08/pin-inspiration-party-81.html

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  61. Hey Leslie - You need to add into the directions to actually add the bacon the to mixture! I didn't do this and ended up with all the bacon on top. I'm sure it wasn't a huge difference, just would've been nice to have tried it the way you intended. :)

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  62. My recipe is almost exactly like this and it's Always a hit!! I did mine last year and it's always requested at parties :)
    http://www.countrycleaver.com/2011/07/loaded-baked-potato-salad.html

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  63. This is a wonderful salad. I have included a direct link to it from my blog on Christmas meals made easy. Thank you.
    http://robbiebago.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/christmas-food-made-easy.html

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for sharing! :)

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  64. Leslie, thank you so much for sharing this recipe! Just made it and it was RIDICULOUSLY GOOD!! Our taste buds are still dancing :)

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  65. This recipe is wonderful! It tastes even better when you actually bake the potatoes before cubing them! Amazing!!!

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  66. Stopping by from Pinterest! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe!!

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  67. Found this recipe on Pinterest from our little Army base all the way over here in Germany. I added a little salt, a teaspoon or so of prepared dijon mustard, and finely chopped shallots. Refrigerated over night and by dinner time it was amazing! Great recipe!

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  68. Made this for a friend's birthday party/kegger/BBQ, and it's damn delicious! A bit more work than I'm used to for a side dish, but a double batch turned out perfectly. I'm wishing I had doubled the double batch to have some leftover for myself!

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  69. I made this recipe with Dutch Baby potatoes and it works out really nicely. Just boiled them without peeling and then cut in half or fourths and mix everything. I do like it warm so I keep it in a low oven at 200 until time to serve. Very good and easy.

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  70. This loaded baked potato salad is one of the easiest to do salad recipes.

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  71. Can you make it the night before and cover it?

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    1. It's best served right after you make it. But of course you can make it the night before. I would mix a dab of sour cream and mayo in just before serving. That way it will freshen it up.

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  72. Just made it for our Memorial Day BBQ! Thanks for sharing.

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  73. It looks delicious...! I am going to try this one. Thanks for sharing it here

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  74. I love this! I find it's best to salt & pepper the cut-up potatoes and chill, but wait to dress with the sour cream/mayo mixture until right before you serve it. That way it's nice and creamy.

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  75. This potato salad looks amazing! I love it and thanks so much for sharing! I just followed you...I don't want to miss your recipes. Hope you like to follow back...if you want, only.
    Have a lovely week.
    FABBY

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