Southwest Potato Salad

This southwest potato salad has it all! Cheddar cheese, green onion, crispy bacon and poblano in southwest dressing. Scrumptious!

How do you plan to spend your Memorial Day? I hope to be sitting outside, cold beverage in my hand, surrounded with a plethora of delicious food, my family and that’s it.

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One year I spent it outside in a tank top and shorts, sitting in a lawn chair reading a good book FOR HOURS and ended up fried to a crisp, like I was my own individual heat source and even the wind blowing hurt my poor skin.  It was an overcast day and I didn’t feel a thing until about 30 minutes after I was actually out of the sun. Not my brightest moment in life. So this year I’ll be in the shade.

But one thing is for sure, we will be grilling. And this potato salad is definitely on the menu.

Southwest Potato Salad l rinse

First, place three to four pounds of redskin potatoes into a giant colander. Then gently scrubbed and rinse them clean.


Southwest Potato Salad l bake

Next, line them up onto a rimmed sheet pan and bake in a 375Ā° oven to bake for 40 minutes.

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Meanwhile start on the bacon.

Southwest Potato Salad l diced

Cube four strips of slab applewood bacon into half-inch pieces.

Southwest Potato Salad l add to a cold pan

Then throw the bacon into a cold pan, heat over medium and cook until crispy, stirring every so often.

Southwest Potato Salad l drain

Next, remove the crispy bacon pieces to drain on a paper-towel lined plate.

Southwest Potato Salad l charred poblano bowl

Also char a poblano pepper (like I did here) and popped it into a bowl, covered it up with plastic wrap and let it chill for 10 minutes or so.

Southwest Potato Salad l poblano collage

Next, remove the poblano from the bowl and place it onto a cutting board. Scrap off the skin, make an incision on one side, and then remove the seeds and ribs. Slice it into strip and then diced it up.

Southwest Potato Salad l sliced green onion

Next just slice up a few, 3-4 green onions…

Southwest Potato Salad l cheese

And then grate 4 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese.

Southwest Potato Salad l done

The potatoes are done when you pierce them with a knife and it glides through.

Southwest Potato Salad l cool

Then, allow the potatoes cool completely.

Southwest Potato Salad l mayo and sour cream

Next, for the potato salad dressing; in a bowl combine 1/2 cup mayonnaise and a 1/2 cup of sour cream.

Southwest Potato Salad l adobo seasoning

Measure and add in one teaspoon of adobo seasoning…

Southwest Potato Salad l paprika

…1/2 teaspoon of paprika…

Southwest Potato Salad l black pepper

…1/2 teaspoon of coarsely ground black pepper…

Southwest Potato Salad l squeeze in lemon juice

…the juice of half a lemon…

Southwest Potato Salad l parsley

…and two tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley. You of course can use cilantro, I’d just use only a tablespoon chopped.

Southwest Potato Salad l season with salt and whisk

Whisk all those together, taste and season with a pinch or two of kosher salt and set off to the side.

Southwest Potato Salad l quarter

Halve, quarter or sixth { šŸ˜‰ } the cooled redskin potatoes.

Southwest Potato Salad l potatoes in a bowl

Throw the potatoes into a bowl. At this point, I’m already feeling like I selected the wrong bowl.

Southwest Potato Salad l pour dressing

Pour the dressing right on over top of those redskins.

Southwest Potato Salad l add diced poblanos

Next add in the diced poblano…

Southwest Potato Salad l add bacon

…crispy bacon…

Southwest Potato Salad l add green onion

…and then the sliced green onion.

Southwest Potato Salad l before you stir

However, I don’t add the cheddar jusssst yet because I don’t want it to break up too much when I stir it.

Southwest Potato Salad l tossed

Give it a stir to combine all those ingredients in that amazing dressing.

Southwest Potato Salad l sharp cheddar

Lastly, go on and add in the grated sharp cheddar cheese…

Southwest Potato Salad l mixed together

…and carefully toss to combine.

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Serve. Inhale. Go back for more.

My favorite grilling side dish has always been potato salad. Whether it’s a classic mustard potato salad with hard-boiled egg, bacon ranch potato saladgrilled potato salad with bacon Dijon dressing.

Baking the potatoes insures the skins to stay intact which adds color and the nutrients that are found in potato skins. The smoky bacon, poblano and that adobo dressing is killer, in a good way of course.

Enjoy! And if you give this Southwest Potato Salad recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 8-10 servings

Southwest Potato Salad

Southwest Potato Salad
Baked redskin potatoes tossed with roasted poblano, green onions, cheddar cheese, bacon and a southwest dressing!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 3 to 4 pounds redskin potatoes
  • 4 strips applewood slab bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces and cooked until crispy
  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 3-4 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon adobo seasoning*
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat your oven to 375Ā°. Rinse and gently scrub 3-4 pounds of redskin potatoes. Place the cleaned potatoes onto a rimmed sheet pan and bake for 40-50 minutes or until a knife pierces easily, meeting zero resistance. Allow the potatoes to cool completely before dicing into bite-size pieces.
  2. Meanwhile, grill the poblano over medium-high heat until the skin is charred and blistered. Place into a bowl and immediately cover with plastic wrap. Keep the charred pepper covered in the bowl for 10-15 minutes before removing the skin, seeds and ribs. Dice the poblano and set it off to the side.
  3. Add the diced bacon to a cool pan and heat over medium heat. Cook until crispy {stirring occasionally} until crispy. Then with a slotted spoon, remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain and cool. Set off to the side.
  4. Next, slice up three to four green onions {depending on size}, grate up 4 ounces of sharp cheddar and prepare the dressing for the potato salad.
  5. For the dressing; in a bowl combine a 1/2 cup of both mayonnaise and sour cream. Add in a teaspoon of adobo seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon of paprika and coarse ground black pepper. Squeeze in the juice from half a lemon and add in the two tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley. Stir, taste and season with kosher salt.
  6. Place the cooled quartered potatoes into a large bowl and add in the dressing, poblano, bacon and green onions. Mix until thoroughly combined. Add in the grated cheddar and gently mix to combine. Taste one last time and adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Chill until ready to serve.


You can find my recipe for adobo seasoning in my cookbook, or use store-bought.

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22 Responses to “Southwest Potato Salad”

  1. #
    KathrynR — May 19, 2014 at 3:47 am

    Seeing this is a Southwest Potato Salad, why on Earth did you use parsley instead of cilantro?? The only thing I can think of is your family is in the “it taste like soap” camp. Otherwise, beautiful recipe!!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — May 19th, 2014 @ 8:58 am

      Thanks Kathryn! Of course cilantro can be used… I didn’t want cilantro overpowering the southwest seasonings in the dressing. šŸ™‚

  2. #
    Laura @ Raise Your Garden — May 19, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Green onion, cheddar, red-skinned potatoes and bacon!

    Oh for the love, how will this ever actually make it to my Memorial Day celebration at the Lake?

  3. #
    Mallory @forkvsspoon — May 19, 2014 at 7:52 am

    I am coming over for the cook out. Save me some of this potato salad! Sweet heavens!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — May 19th, 2014 @ 9:00 am

      You got it! šŸ˜‰

  4. #
    Julia — May 19, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Happy Memorial Day, my dear! Enjoy your tater salad and some nice quiet time in the shade! šŸ˜€

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — May 19th, 2014 @ 9:00 am

      Same to you my friend! Muah!

  5. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — May 19, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Okay, 1) this is potato salad is going to me made every day this summer, and 2) WE MISSED YOU THIS WEEKEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — May 19th, 2014 @ 10:34 pm

      I wish I could have been there! You girls look like you had a blast!

  6. #
    Abigail — May 19, 2014 at 9:54 am

    This looks like the perfect picnic passer!

  7. #
    Julia — May 19, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Evidence of needing to drink more coffee before commenting on blog posts: I totally thought today was Memorial Day…. tail between legs. Anyhoo…Happy non-Memorial Day Monday šŸ˜‰


    • Laurie McNamara replied: — May 19th, 2014 @ 11:28 am

      Ha ha! I just thought you were wishing in advance! You’re hilarious! ā¤ļø

  8. #
    Meredith — May 19, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Best potato salad ever!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — May 19th, 2014 @ 10:33 pm

      Thanks Meredith! ā¤ļø

  9. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — May 20, 2014 at 9:46 am

    baby red potaoes!!! you are speaking my language mama, they are my FAV tater to use in salads šŸ™‚ looks awesome girrrl – pinned!

  10. #
    Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) — May 20, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    I’ve had a favorite potato salad for my whole life but this one might surpass it. I have to try it this weekend!!

  11. #
    Renee @ Awesome on $20 — May 22, 2014 at 12:01 am

    My husband works in tourism where there’s no such thing as a holiday. I plan to spend the day on the beach (in the shade) reading food magazines.

  12. #
    Des @ Life's Ambrosia — May 22, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Now THAT is a potato salad. Yum!

  13. #
    Emily S — May 25, 2014 at 8:23 am

    I love the idea of SW-ifying potato salad! I have served hot, cold, German-stlye, Japanese-style, all mayo, mostly mustard etc – but never thought of the SW. Great idea & recipe, can’t wait to try it!

  14. #
    bev @ bevcooks — June 16, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I want 47 bowls last week.

  15. #
    Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) — May 27, 2015 at 9:06 am

    I finally made this last Sunday after drooling over it for a year! Everyone loved it. It was super easy to make, too. I’ll definitely be repeating this recipe again this summer. I even made my own mayo for it! šŸ™‚

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — June 3rd, 2015 @ 9:00 am

      You go girl! Homemade mayo is where it’s at! šŸ™‚

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