The ultimate summer barbecue side dish that can easily be turned into a main dish, this smashed potato salad has a spicy kick and more flare than a traditional potato salad.
Spicy Ranch Smashed Potato and Corn Salad
Tomorrow we move into a new apartment, and I’m so excited for it, mostly, because there’s an outdoor space, and I can’t wait to barbecue outside and make side salads like this one to serve along grilled meats and seafood. This salad is seriously the perfect addition to your summer barbecue.
A traditional potato salad is very mayo based and always gives me a stomach ache. This Ranch version is much lighter and honestly, more fun – there’s something special about smashed potatoes, they’re less messy and they feel very steakhouse-like.
The corn gives the salad a little sweetness and if you’re making this in the summertime, use fresh corn from a cob and shave it off and then cook it in the pan. I love sautéing corn in a pan with a little paprika and pepper, it elevates the flavor of the corn and gives it a little hearty flavor.
If you want to make this into more of a meal, you can add peas for a vegetarian source of protein or sprinkle with some crispy bacon (or even tempeh bacon!) and serve it over a salad. Toss altogether and enjoy.
I know I’ll be making this salad all summer long, an I hope you do to. Always #inspiralized when making my recipes so we can share!