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Instant Pot Ranch Potato Salad

A bowl of ranch potato salad with an Instant Pot and bottle of dressing in the background
Instant Pot Ranch Potato Salad

Instant Pot Ranch Potato Salad. A pair of Midwestern classics – Ranch dressing and potato salad – combined in a pressure cooker recipe.

Ranch dressing is the taste of the Midwest (my people!) Personally, I’m a blue cheese dressing guy, but I’m trying not to be judgy. I’ve got a bit of food snob hipster in me…right up until I have a taste for some fast food. (I’ve gone way off track here. Where was I? Oh, yes, Ranch dressing.)

Where did Ranch dressing come from? I assumed it was Indiana, or Iowa, or Nebraska, somewhere in the American heartland. It actually came from the Hidden Valley Ranch in Santa Barbara, California…by way of a plumbing contractor working in remote Alaska. Wow, Ranch dressing is a lot more interesting than I ever thought it could be.

But, I’m digressing…again. If the dressing of the Midwest is Ranch dressing, the side dish of the Midwest is potato salad. So, when I was looking around for ideas for my pressure cooked potato salad, and saw the two together, I had to try it.

Turns out, it works really well. The sweet and tangy buttermilk-based dressing is a perfect pairing with potato salad. Looking for a quick and easy side dish from your pressure cooker? Give this one a try.

Recipe: Instant Pot Ranch Potato Salad

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A bowl of ranch potato salad with an Instant Pot and bottle of dressing in the background

Instant Pot Ranch Potato Salad


  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 quarts of potato salad 1x

Description

Instant Pot Ranch Potato Salad. A pair of Midwestern classics – Ranch dressing and potato salad – combined in a pressure cooker recipe.


Ingredients

Scale
  • pounds baby red potatoes
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup diced celery (about ½ a rib)
  • ¼ cup sliced green onions (about 1 green onion), plus more for garnish
  • ½ cup ranch dressing (I get Hidden Valley, out of tradition for its original ranch dressing)

Instructions

  1. Pressure Cook for 6 minutes with a quick pressure release: Pour 1 cup of water into the pressure cooker pot. Add a vegetable steaming basket, then fill the basket with the baby red potatoes. Set the eggs on top of the potatoes. Lock the pressure cooker lid. Cook at high pressure for 6 minutes in an electric pressure cooker or stovetop PC (Use “manual” or “pressure cook” mode in an Instant Pot). Quick release the pressure. Once the pressure is released, unlock the pot, opening the lid away from you to avoid the hot steam.

  2. Mix the potato salad with the dressing: Take the eggs out of the pot and cool them down under cold running water. Carefully lift the vegetable basket of potatoes out of the pressure cooker and set it aside to cool for a couple of minutes. Cut the baby potatoes into ¾-inch chunks and put them in a large bowl, and sprinkle with the ½ teaspoon salt and fresh ground black pepper. Add the diced celery and diced green onion. Peel and dice the eggs and add them to the bowl. Pour the ranch dressing over everything, and gently fold it into the potatoes until everything is coated with dressing. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Stir again to re-coat the potatoes, sprinkle with a little more minced green onion to garnish, and enjoy!

Notes

If you want to make your own Ranch dressing, mix ¼ cup of sour cream with ¼ cup of mayonnaise, and add a pinch each of dried dill, dried chives, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

Tools

6 quart or larger pressure cooker (I love my Instant Pot 6-Quart Pressure Cooker)

Steamer basket

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Instant Pot Ranch Potato Salad, Pressure Cooker Ranch Potato Salad

What do you think?

Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below.

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Hi! I’m Mike Vrobel. I’m a dad and an enthusiastic home cook; an indie cookbook author and food blogger with a day job, a patient spouse, and three kids who would rather have hamburgers for dinner.

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