Mexican Green Bean & Potato Salad from Lemony Thyme

If you can kick up a basic Roast Chicken recipe simply by changing the seasonings, why can’t you kick up your favorite potato salad the same way?  Okay, that was a rhetorical question since clearly I have already done that, thus this post.  However, every time one of those little light bulbs go off I feel the need to share.

Mexican Green Bean & Potato Salad

So I took my basic mayonnaise potato salad recipe and added all my favorite Mexican flavor influences….lime juice, jalapeño, cilantro, cumin, chili powder, cayenne, and oregano.  I threw in the green beans for color and crunch…great add.

Cumin Seeds

A couple weeks ago, on a Sundays with Shelby outing, we discovered Penzeys Spices.  A candy store of sorts for folks like me.  I limited myself to three choices…from 200+.  Tonight I broke open the Cumin Seeds, toasted them in a dry skillet, ground them fine, and added them to this dish {I wish I knew how to make that note….the one the angels sing when the heavens open up}, the one you hear when something amazing happens…toasted cumin seeds were that moment.

Mexican Green Bean & Potato Salad

Mexican Green Bean & Potato Salad
Add your favorite Mexican flavor influences to your favorite potato salad recipe for an updated dish.
Recipe type: Side Dish, Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
  • 2 lbs. small new potatoes, cooked until just fork tender
  • 1 cup fresh green beans, steamed
  • 2 scallions, thin sliced
  • ½ jalapeño, fine diced
  • 1 Tbl. fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 sprig fresh oregano, leaves only
  • 2 Tbl. cumin seeds toasted, then fine ground
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp. chili powder
  • salt & fresh cracked pepper to taste
  1. Cook potatoes until just fork tender, then cut into small cubes.
  2. Steam green beans until just tender, cut in half.
  3. Combine all remaining ingredients, season with salt & pepper to taste.
  4. Pour mayonnaise mixture over potatoes and green beans and mix well.

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