Sour Cream and Onion Potato Salad

a bowl of sour cream and onion potato salad with fresh chives

Sour Cream and Onion Potato Salad is a fun barbecue side dish the whole family loves ~ and yes, there are potato chips right in the salad!

Sour cream and onion potato salad on a plate with a grilled brat

the minute I saw this sour cream and onion potato salad recipe (in Bon Appetit) I knew I had to make it.

I have a total weakness for chips, and this idea sounded too good to pass up. This potato salad borrows that famous salty/tangy/oniony flavor from my favorite chips and then doubles down on the theme ~ the whole thing is topped with crushed chips!

In fact, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about other chip-flavor-potato-salad ideas ~ Cool Ranch is next up.

Sour cream and onion potato salad in a glass bowl

what you need for this recipe

  • small waxy gold potatoes ~ they have a nice, firm texture, no need to peel them.
  • red onion
  • sour cream
  • mayonnaise
  • fresh chives
  • garlic powder
  • Sour Cream and Onion potato chips
  • salt and pepper
A bowl of sour cream and onion potato salad topped with crushed potato chips

grandma’s potato salad secret ~

Did your grandma let you in on the secret? You need to add part of the dressing while the potatoes are still hot and steaming, which allows them to soak it up and really boosts the flavor. Reserve the other half of the dressing for later, that way it doesn’t all get sucked up and you’ll get a nice healthy coating on your salad.

sour cream and onion potato chips

yes, there are actually potato chips in this salad!

The all important garnish of slightly-crushed chips is a super fun touch, and makes a great textural contrast to the potatoes. Yes, they do eventually get soggy, so I recommend adding them just before serving, or you can keep them on the side.

Sour cream and onion potato salad

I think this potato salad would be a big hit at any bbq or potluck this summer. Kids, adults, they all love it, and when you tell them what it is, they get super excited to dig in. I can attest that it goes excellently with a grilled brat.

sour cream and onion potato salad with a grilled brat

Still craving potato salad?

a bowl of sour cream and onion potato salad with fresh chives
3.52 from 37 votes

Sour Cream and Onion Potato Salad

Sour Cream and Onion Potato Salad ~ do you love potato salad?  Do you love sour cream and onion potato chips?  I think you know where I’m going here…this creative take on a summer potluck classic is a winner!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 8 servings
Calories 252kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • 3 pounds small-medium waxy gold potatoes no need to peel
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 package chives, snipped
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup crushed Sour Cream and Onion potato chips
  • salt and black pepper to taste


  • Boil your potatoes in well-salted water until tender. I used about 2 tsp of salt.
  • Drain and slice your potatoes in halves or quarters, depending on desired size.
  • Stir together the sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic powder, half of the chives, and salt and pepper to taste. I used bout 1/4 tsp salt, and a generous amount of fresh ground black pepper.
  • While the potatoes are still warm, toss them with about half of the dressing. This will allow them to soak in some of it.
  • Allow the potatoes to cool, then toss them with the onions and the remaining dressing.
  • Chill the potato salad for at least a couple of hours, and then garnish with the remaining chives, and the Sour Cream and Onion chips. (Yes, the chips will get a little soggy after a while, so add them at the last minute, or keep them on the side for people to garnish their own servings, if you’d like!)

Cook’s notes

You can boil your potatoes whole, or cut them up first, which will cut down the boiling time considerably.  Whichever way you choose, make sure you don’t over cook the poor things…check early and frequently with the tip of a sharp knife…when it slides in easily, they’re done.
If you’d like to intensify the sour cream and onion flavor, try using a sour cream and onion seasoning packet, but go easy, the stuff is potent.  If you don’t want all those chemicals, you can make the mix yourself, here
*Recipe lightly adapted from Bon Appetit.


Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 819mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 191IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  • Reply
    January 24, 2020 at 11:08 am

    Whooops! Rookie reading error!!! Too excited, I expect ….
    Thanx, Sue, for the speedy response — now – where’s my
    tasting spoon ????

  • Reply
    January 24, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Help ! recipe in progress and looking/smelling GREAT. —but —
    where oh where do the thinly sliced red onions get added ????

    • Reply
      January 24, 2020 at 11:02 am

      You’ll add them in step 5 Bob, I just updated!

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    Gwendolyn Hurd
    August 2, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe. It inspired me to actually go back into my kitchen and cook. I have been in a rut lately and have not felt like cooking. This recipe did the trick. The Potato Salad is wonderful. Bravo to you and Bon Appetit!!

    • Reply
      August 2, 2019 at 7:39 pm

      I really love to hear stories like this Gwendolyn 🙂

  • Reply
    July 30, 2019 at 6:19 am

    Love your blog, and your recipes are outstanding…but please! All the ads are distracting and a nuisance.

    • Reply
      June 14, 2020 at 7:31 am

      I agree. Struggling just to read the recipe. It does sound wonderful and I will be making it.

  • Reply
    Tricia B.
    July 28, 2019 at 4:26 am

    My daughter and husband are both nuts for sour cream potato chips – I’ll be making this for them soon!

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