Picnic Perfect Baked Potato Salad

Last month we hosted a “help us build our backyard fence in exchange for a delicious BBQ” party. Thankfully, we had some wonderful friends who joined us and at the end of a long day we circled around the kitchen table for a delicious spread of summer favorites.

The star of the show was this picnic perfect baked potato salad! Seriously, we gobbled up so much of it and I couldn’t wait to have a helping for my leftover lunch the next day. It’s 10x better than regular potato salad!


  • 2 pounds of Yukon gold potatoes (washed, peeled, and diced in bite-size pieces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon + 1/2 teaspoon pink sea salt
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    2 tablespoons dried chives
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated (reserve a little for garnish)
  • 10 pieces of bacon, cooked and chopped


In a large stock pot boil potatoes with 1/2 teaspoon salt for 10-12 minutes. Before draining check with a fork for doneness. Once cooked, drain and lay out flat on a cookie sheet so they can quickly cool to room temperature.

In a large mixing bowl blend mayo, sour cream, remaining salt, pepper, chives, and cheese. Toss cooled potatoes in creamy mixture. Refrigerate for a minimum of 3 hours. Upon serving top with chopped bacon and reserved cheese.

Enjoy as a meal (it’s pretty much a chilled baked potato with all the fixings!) or as a picnic perfect side dish.

Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).


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