Potato Salad with Quark Ranch Dressing

Ranch dressing made with fresh herbs and tangy quark cheese adds a delicious creamy texture and rich flavor to this colorful potato salad.

Wisconsin Cheese Potato Salad with Quark Ranch Dressing Recipe
Active Time
35 Minutes


Quark Ranch Dressing:

Potato Salad:


Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Quark can be used in this recipe.


Quark Ranch Dressing:

  1. Whisk the quark, mayonnaise and 3 tablespoons milk in a bowl until blended. Add the green onions, chives, dill, parsley, oregano, garlic powder and hot pepper sauce; whisk until combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Add remaining milk, a tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency.

Potato Salad:

  1. Place potatoes into a large saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Cook, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are just tender. Drain and cool.
  2. When cool enough to handle, slice potatoes into 1/2-inch rounds. Transfer potatoes to a large bowl. Lightly season with salt. Gently stir in green onions. Cool potatoes completely.
  3. Add celery and red bell peppers. Gently fold in 1 cup dressing. Fold in additional dressing as desired. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until flavors are blended.

Recipe Tip

Several Wisconsin cheesemakers craft whole milk ricotta cheese that may also work in this recipe.

Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

Clock Shadow Creamery™ Quark is a mild, tangy, German-style spreadable cheese. Enjoy it on bagels, in savory dishes, desserts, or as a filling for crepes.

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