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This Healthy Southwest Potato Salad is the perfect summer recipe for barbecue and party season. It's a crowd-pleaser, is easy to whip up and can be made ahead of time. What more could we ask for during these lazy, crazy days of summer?
Healthy Southwest Potato Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Myra
Ingredients
  • 3 lbs potatoes
  • 1/2 package bacon
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 1/2 red pepper I used a frozen one
  • small bunch cilantro
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp ranch dressing mix* See recipe below
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp chipotle powder you can use smoked paprika if you don't like spicy food
  • 1/2 lime
  • chives or green onions optional but tasty
Instructions
  1. Wash potatoes, peel, if desired (mine were organic so I didn't bother) chop into large pieces, and cook until fork-tender in a large pot of boiling salted water. Then drain and chop into smaller cubes.
  2. In the meantime, cook bacon using your method of choice (I like the microwave for smaller amounts of bacon - it's very hands off*), rinse and chop a handful of cilantro, dice 1/2 a red pepper, and defrost (and drain well) 2 cups of frozen corn.
  3. Mix 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup mayo and 3 tbsp ranch dressing mix** - see the link to the recipe below. Add 1 teaspoon of salt, juice of 1/2 a lime (about 2 tablespoons) and 1/4 teaspoon of chipotle powder (or smoked paprika). Taste to see how spicy it is. If you'd like it stronger, keep adding more spice, a 1/4 teaspoon at a time. I ended up using 1/2 teaspoon in total. (Like I said above, I used chipotle powder for this recipe, which can vary in heat depending on the brand you use and how old it is. It's best to start with a little and add to it. Or, if you don't want any spicy heat, use smoked paprika instead. It will give you that smoky southwest flavour without any risk of a burning mouth.)
  4. Toss everything together and chill for at least 1/2 hour to let the flavours blend.
  5. Enjoy! :)
Recipe Notes

[I think you should be able to substitute this with 1 -1.5 cups of ranch salad dressing, but I love having the dry mix on-hand and it's healthier].