Ultimate Red Skin Potato Salad


Red Skin Potato Salad

Making red skin potato salad is easy to do, because it cuts down on the preparation needed, and it just tastes fabulous. If you’re looking for a simple side dish, or passing dish for potlucks for a get together, this is definitely a recipe you should try. 

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Easy Red Skin Potato Salad with Bacon

Red skin potato salad with bacon is an easy and delicious side dish that you can make in advance if desired, and as a fabulous passing dish that is well loved.

Plus, this potato salad goes well with any main dish, and it’s perfect for potlucks, picnics, or just as a side dish. 

What Makes This Recipe The Best

This red skin potato salad is so good because it is made with red skin potatoes, unlike your normal potato salad, and is loaded with all kinds of delicious goodies.

One of the fabulous things about using red skin potatoes to make potato salad, is that you do not have to go to all the work of peeling potatoes before adding it into your potato salad.

Instead, you can leave the skin intact, and simply cut the potatoes into pieces. This is a great time saver, and red skin potatoes also taste amazing.

This is not your grandma’s recipe for potato salad, instead it is an absolutely delicious take on potato salad that the whole family will enjoy. 

Let’s jump and the recipe and see what ingredients you need in order to make this red skin potato salad recipe. Then we will walk you through the step-by-step instructions of how to go about making this salad recipe. 

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Red Skin Potato Salad Ingredients

Red skinned potatoes. Red skin potatoes are in essential ingredient for this recipe. You can use any brand you want, and any size of potatoes you desire. As long as they have red skins, you are good to go. 

Mayonnaise. You can use whole fat or less fat mayo for this recipe, it’s entirely up to you. Mayonnaise serves as the base for the dressing in this recipe. 

Ranch seasoning. Although not required, we do recommend adding a little bit of ranch seasoning powder into the dressing for this potato salad. It helps to enhance the overall flavor, and adds a bit of delicious ranch taste to the potato salad. 

Bacon. Bacon is added to this recipe because, well, it’s bacon! But seriously, bacon serves to enhance the overall flavor and adds delicious texture and taste to your potato salad recipe.

We recommend baking the bacon in the oven, so that it cooks perfectly, or you can buy pre-packaged bacon bits if you want to skip a step. 

Green onions. Fresh chopped green onions add flavor and color to your potato salad. You may have to take the green onions for another type of onion such as red onion if desired, but our favorite is definitely green onions. 

Celery. Although it is not required, we do enjoy added a little bit of chopped celery pieces in this potato salad recipe. The celery gives the salad a bit of crunch and texture to the salad. 

Boiled eggs. Hard boiled eggs are also not required, but we recommend adding them if you are able. They add color, texture, and flavor to the potato salad, to make it a well-rounded dish. They are also a great source of protein in the potato salad. 

Shredded cheese. Shredded cheese also recommended to finish off the potato salad. Although it’s not required, we do recommend including it. 

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How to Make Red Skin Potato Salad

Step 1: Boil the Potatoes

To make red skin potato salad, you will want to begin first by filling a pot part of the way with water. Place it over high heat and bring the water to a boil. While the water is warming, thoroughly wash your red skinned potatoes. 

Then place the whole potatoes into the hot water. Boil the potatoes until a knife inserted into the center of a potato goes through easily.

Once they have boiled, remove the potatoes from the burner, drain the potatoes, and rinse them with cold water. Drain the potatoes of all water and allow them to cool to room temperature. 

Please note that it is important that you let the potatoes completely cool before making potato salad. This way you will not hurt yourself when you try to handle the hot potatoes, and they are much more likely to hold their shape, rather than completely crumble into pieces. 

Step 2: Boil Eggs

Next, you will want to fill a medium size saucepan part of away with water. Then place it over high heat to bring the water to a boil. Once it is a rolling boil, add the eggs and allow them to boil until hard. 

Typically, this takes between 12 and 15 minutes after they have boiled, rinse them with cold water, then allow the eggs to cool completely before removing their shells, and cutting them into bite sized pieces. 

Step 3: Assemble Red Skin Potato Salad 

Now to assemble the potato salad. First, be sure the potatoes and eggs are cooled before you try to handle them. Let cool, cut the eggs and potatoes into bite-size pieces and add them into a large mixing bowl. 

Cut your other ingredients, including bacon, green onions, and celery. These should be cut into bite-size pieces. 

When they are cut, add them in to the mixing bowl with potatoes and eggs. Next, add the mayonnaise and ranch seasoning powder. Stir all the ingredients to combine.

Please note that you want to be careful as you stir so that the potatoes and eggs do not crumble. 

When the ingredients are combined, top with shredded cheese, and additional bacon bits and green onions if desired. Then serve right away or cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge until you are ready to serve. Then enjoy!

Serving and Storage

Serve it with:

Redskin potato salad is an amazing side dish for many different occasions. Some of our favorite recipes to enjoy red skin potatoes alongside include the following:

Storage Instructions

Room temperature. Your red skin potato salad should not be kept at room temperature any longer than two hours before it runs the risk of growing unwanted bacteria and needs to be thrown away.

If you live in warmer climate and have a room temperature of 90°F or above, then it should be kept at room temperature for no more than one hour before it goes bad. 

In the fridge. The best way to store your red skin potato salad, no matter if you’re making it ahead, or have leftovers, is in an airtight container, or sealed securely and placed in the fridge. Store your red skin potato salad in the fridge, sealed securely, for up to three days. 

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Red-Skinned Potato Salad Tips and Variations

Expert Tips

Cool potatoes and eggs. One of our favorite ways to prepare the red skin potato salad is to boil whole potatoes and eggs in the shell ahead of time.

Then let them cool to room temperature and store them in the fridge for a few hours until they are completely chilled. This allows you to handle those boiled eggs and potatoes much easier, and helps them keep their shape if you want to be sure that they don’t fall apart. 


Easily Customizable

What if you’re picky about potato salad, what all is in it, and seasonings that are used? Never fear, when you make your own potato salad, you can easily adjust any ingredients that you don’t like to make it easily customizable. 

We have shared one of our favorite recipes for red skin potato salad above, but there are several different variations you might enjoy when making potato salad with red skin potatoes. 

Creamy Dill Red Skin Potato Salad

Making your potato salad in a way that is so delicious and tasty can easily be done by making a creamy dill potato salad.

To do this, you will still need red skin potatoes, mayonnaise, celery, eggs, and green onions. But, in addition you can also include finely diced dill pickles, mustard, sugar, dill, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a little bit of apple cider vinegar.

When you mix all these ingredients together, you come up with a potato salad that is super creamy and dill flavored.

Traditional Potato Salad

Traditional potato salad is usually made with boiled potatoes, hard boiled eggs, celery, and then finished with a sauce made from mayonnaise, mustard, sugar, and salt.

You can easily make a red skin potato salad version of your traditional potato salad simply by substituting rest of potatoes for red skinned potatoes. 

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Another delicious favorite is to make loaded baked potato salad. You can do this using red skinned potatoes that have either been boiled or baked until the inside is soft.

Then let them cool before cutting them into pieces. Into the potato salad you can add chopped green onion, bacon bits, and shredded cheese. 

You can make a dressing out of mayonnaise and sour cream mixed, and then stir until the ingredients are coated in the dressing.

Season the loaded baked potato salad with salt and pepper as desired. 

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Recipe FAQS

How do I avoid soggy potatoes?

The best way to avoid potatoes in your potato salad is to boil the potatoes just until they are soft, you don’t want to boil them too long.

Then after the potatoes have boiled, remove them from the water until they cool completely. You can also store potatoes in the fridge until you are ready to make the potato salad.

This will help the potatoes cool and help them retain their shape without becoming soggy. 

How many red potatoes are in a pound?

It’s very difficult to tell how many potatoes are in a pound. This is because potatoes come in different shapes and sizes, and so some bags of potatoes may have more, but others have less. 

How can I cut down on the fat in this recipe?

The main sources of fat in this recipe come from the mayonnaise, bacon, and eggs. You can cut down the fat by using lower fat mayonnaise, and either include less bacon and eggs, or skip these ingredients. 

Do you cut red potatoes before boiling?

We recommend that you boil potatoes whole and cut them after they have cooled. This way the potato pieces are likely to remain intact much better than if you cut them before boiling them.

However, if you make your potato salad to be a slightly mashed, then you can cut them before they are boiled. 

How should this potato salad be served?

This potato salad is best served after it has had a chance to chill. We recommend making the salad in advance, and then letting it chill for an hour or two in the fridge before serving it. 

How Long Does Potato Salad Last In The Fridge?

Unfortunately, potato salad does not have a long shelf life. Because of this, we recommend that you store any leftover potato salad in the fridge for no more than three days before it goes bad. Learn more at How Long is Potato Salad Good For?

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Red Potato Salad

Making potato salad with red skin potatoes is an easy and delicious way to make potato salad. It’s easy because you don’t have to peel the potatoes before making the salad, and it tastes delicious because red skin potatoes just taste good. Plus, red skin potatoes add a bit of color to the potato salad, making it more pleasing in appearance as well.

Be sure to give this recipe and try, and then comment below and let us know what you think about it! We love to hear from you. 

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