Monday, August 28, 2017

Eat Your Heart Out, Mickey D's: Southwest Dressing

I use this blog as a place to store recipes, so here's a keeper.

I have been obsessed with McDonald's Southwest Salads with grilled chicken for quite some time. Though I work in a tourist area, there are few drive through places around here, but there is a McDonald's that I can get to, get my lunch, and still have enough time to eat it when I get back to work. And the Southwest Salads are pretty good, and fairly healthy. Because alas and alack, the dressing is pretty fatty.

I researched (I AM the Library Lady, after all) and found that the Newman's Own Southwest dressing is only available at McD's.  You can buy just about any other Newman's dressing in your supermarket, but for some reason, only the golden arches has this particular flavor.

So I researched some more, because there are lots of "copycat" sites. And sure enough, I found a version on a site called "Joe's Healthy Meals."

You can find the original recipe by Joe here.  But wanting to make this healthier, I tinkered with it a little. Sour cream? Nah, Greek yogurt. Light mayo too.  I also omitted the onion and garlic powders <I shudder to remember I used to use them> and the cayenne, because I find the chili seasoning makes this spicy enough. And no--yuck!--cilantro!

It took me about 5 minutes to throw a batch of this together. I had some grilled chicken breast to hand, tomatoes from my garden, some crushed tortilla chips, and a bag of salad greens. I also had 1/2 an ear of cooked sweet corn, and I cut it off the cob and threw it in. No black beans, maybe next time.

Anyway, it's delicious and flavorful and reasonably healthy. And a few minutes at home saved me a drive to McD's, and probably cost less too!

Lighter Southwest Dressing
2    Tbs  light mayo
1    Tbs plain non-fat Greek yogurt
2    tsp  honey
1/2 tsp cider vinegar
1/2 tsp lime juice
1 tsp    chili powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
1/2 tsp cumin

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Add 1 tsp water if needed.

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