Southwest Salad Dressing is a bold homemade dressing with a smoky flavor that will take any salad to the next level!
Creamy Southwest Salad Dressing, with a hint of smokiness, is so flavorful! You'll love how easy it is to make this simple recipe that you can enjoy on any of your favorite salads.
One of my husband's favorite salads is this southwest chopped salad with grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, black beans, grape tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, avocado, and corn kernels. It's a hearty salad and needs a bold dressing to stand up to it. This southwest salad dressing recipe is just the thing!
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- Place all the ingredients into a small bowl.
- Whisk to combine.
- Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate or serve immediately.
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To Store: Store your southwestern salad dressing in a mason jar with a tight fitting lid for up to 7 days. (These are some of my favorite airtight containers.)
The first time you try any new recipe we recommend that you make it just as it is written on the recipe card since that is how the recipe has been tested. However, the next time you make our recipe, you might want to try one of these ideas:
For a healthier option, substitute Greek yogurt for the mayo. You could also use low fat sour cream if you prefer.
If you like it spicy, add a little bit of hot sauce or chipotle powder.
I love adding fresh herbs to my homemade salad dressing recipes when I can. Fresh cilantro or dill would be excellent in this recipe.
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Southwest salad dressing is great for not only our southwest salad recipe, but any kind of taco salad, southwest quinoa salad, and even rice bowls. There are tons of different ways to enjoy this!
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Southwest Salad Dressing
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- 2 cups mayonnaise
- ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 4 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Place all the ingredients into a small bowl.2 cups mayonnaise, ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice, 4 teaspoons chili powder, 2 teaspoon garlic powder, 2 teaspoon onion powder, 2 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Whisk to combine.
- Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate or serve immediately
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