Kittencal's Ranch Potato Salad or Macaroni Salad

Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 0 mins

I have made this many times over the years for large gatherings, everyone loves it and I am always asked for the recipe --- the dressing is wonderful with potatoes or cooked pasta, you may of coarse double the amounts to feed more people --- all ingredients may be adjusted to suit taste, throw in some cooked ham or bacon if desired, plan ahead this salad must chill for at least 3 or more hours before serving, the longer chilling time the better! --- if making the potato salad and prefer a creamier salad then double the dressing amount

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 12 lbs cooked cubed potatoes (or can use 3 cups cooked macaroni or small shell pasta drained)
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 small celery rib, finely diced
  • 4 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 12 cups finely cubed cheddar cheese
  • 4 -5 hard-boiled eggs, chopped (more eggs sliced in wedges to garnish around the bowl if desired)
  • 12 cup chopped sweet yum-yum pickle (optional, yum-yum pickles are sliced sweet sandwich pickles)

  • 6 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 34 cup prepared ranch salad dressing
  • 34 cup mayonnaise (or use 1/4 cup each mayonnaise and sour cream, or to taste) or 12 cup salad dressing (or use 1/4 cup each mayonnaise and sour cream, or to taste)
  • 1 12 teaspoons prepared mustard or 12 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 12-1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional but good to add in)
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper (to taste, I use seasoned salt)


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cooked cubed potatoes or cooked pasta with peas. celery, green onions, cheddar cheese and chopped eggs; toss to combine.
  2. In a small bowl, combine relish, mayo, ranch salad dressing and mustard and garlic powder (if using) mix well then add to macaroni mixture; toss to coat then season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add in chopped yum yum pickles if using; mix to combine.
  4. Season with more salt and black pepper to taste.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for 3 or more hours to blend flavors (the longer chilling time the better!).
  6. Delicious!
Most Helpful

5 5

We love this salad! I used the sour cream and macaroni options and doubled the recipe. The peas are a great addition to this salad as are the cheese and eggs. In fact, I loved the entire flavor! I added fried bacon. This is an absolutely fantastic recipe and thanks for the great options in this recipe. Such a winner!

2 5

Bland, no one really cared for it. I probably won't make it again.

I didn't have everything to complete this recipe, but from what I did have made the best macaroni salad I've ever had in my life. Kittencal, your recipes are so reliable. Thanks!

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