Ranch-Style Spicy Potato Salad

Enjoy this spicy potato salad at your next BBQ…it is sure to be a big hit. Now wait a minute, don’t let the word “spicy” scare you off. This really is a great tasting potato salad, and you can adjust the spicy-ness by the kind (heat level) of salsa you use. Simply use a mild salsa for a milder version, or kick up the heat with a hotter salsa….it’s your choice.

  • 1 1/2 pounds organic small red potatoes
  • 1/2 cup Creamy “Homemade” Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
  • 1/2 cup salsa (store-bought OR homemade lacto-fermented salsa)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, or more to taste
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 to 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 green onions (with green tops), sliced
  • hot sauce or ground cayenne, if desired for more spice (my salsa is usually hot enough, so I don’t use this)

Place whole, unpeeled potatoes in a large saucepan, cover with cold water, add a pinch of sea salt, and bring to a boil. Allow to boil gently for 15 to 18 minutes, until the potatoes are just tender (you can test by poking with a fork…it should go in fairly easily when they are done). Drain potatoes and place in the fridge until cooled to at least room temperature OR place in a bowl of ice water and allow to cool down while preparing the rest of the ingredients.

In a large bowl, mix together the ranch dressing and salsa; season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in the celery and green onions to combine.

Chop the cooled potatoes into bite-sized pieces; add to the bowl with the dressing-salsa mixture and gently fold in to thoroughly coat. If needed add more salt and pepper, to taste. If you would like the potato salad spicier, simply add a few drops of hot sauce OR some cayenne pepper to taste.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour and serve chilled.

Serves 6.

Part of the Two for Tuesdays Blog Carnival and Tuesday Twister @GNOWFGLINS.

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Disclaimer: The information in this post is meant for educational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. None of the opinions are meant to diagnose or treat any disease or illness. You should always consult your healthcare provider.


  1. J Lieberman says

    Do you peel the potatoes before mixing the salad or do you leave the skins on?

    • I personally leave the skins on the potatoes since I use small red or gold potatoes. Afterall that’s where a lot of the nutrition is…in the skin. If you use another type of potato, or really want to, you can peel the potatoes if you like.

  2. plasterer bristol says

    These sound really good, thanks for putting this up.


  3. I decided make this recipe to bring something different for a dinner with friends. It was a big hit! It was very enjoyable and I really like the flavor and the spiciness. Thanks!

  4. Thanks everyone for all of the nice comments/retweets. I’m glad you all think it sounds great…hope you’ll try it and let me know how it turns out for you. 🙂

  5. I really enjoy trying out other folk’s potato salad recipes, and yours looks so delicious! Thanks so much for participating in the Two for Tuesday recipe blog hop and I hope to see you again next week! I grabbed your rss feed and following on twitter. Keep it REAL! alex

  6. I love it! Putting salsa in it is so creative. Thanks for the idea! I would add some diced hard-boiled eggs to it. I never make potato salad often enough, will have to do so soon, now that summer is here. Thanks for sharing your creative recipe in the Tuesday Twister!

  7. Adding salsa to potato salad is such a wonderful idea! It sounds delicious and great for a BBQ or a picnic as girlichef pointed out. I’m so glad that you added this to our Two for Tuesday blog hop! Thanks so much for joining us!

  8. I love the sound of your tater salad!! Never thought of adding salsa…this is a great recipe for picnic season =) Thanks for submitting it to Two for Tuesdays!

  9. Wow, this sounds delicious! I saw this posted on a friends blog, so I had to come check it out!


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