Chipotle Ranch Dressing

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No southwest salad is complete without a creamy and delicious Chipotle Ranch Dressing. It’s thick and creamy with just enough heat to get your attention! Or you can go completely crazy and make it scorching hot, the choice is yours. 😉 The amount of heat that you would like in your Chipotle Ranch Dressing will determine exactly how you prepare it. For the simple, won’t clear your sinuses version…..

Chipotle Ranch Dressing | cookingwithcurls.com

use just the ground chipotle pepper. For more heat, puree a whole, canned chipotle pepper in a food processor or blender!

How to make Chipotle Ranch Dressing:

Pour apple cider vinegar into milk. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes to “curdle” and become buttermilk. No, cashew and coconut milk will not curdle, but it does make it taste like buttermilk dressing so I don’t skip this step. 😉

In a bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together mayonnaise, pressed garlic, parsley, green onions, white wine vinegar, “buttermilk”, and chipotle pepper*…..

Chipotle Ranch Dressing mix cookingwithcurls.com

Yes, it really is that easy to make homemade ranch dressing!

*If using the canned chipotle pepper, add all ingredients to a blender and puree dressing until creamy and the pepper is pulverized.

Pour into a container and store in refrigerator until ready to use.

No southwest salad is complete without this creamy and delicious Chipotle Ranch Dressing | cookingwithcurls.com

Then pour all over your Southwest Chicken Salad for Fall…..

Southwest Chicken Salad for Fall with Chipotle Ranch Dressing | cookingwithcurls.com

The fall version has roasted pepper, corn, onion, and sweet potatoes!!

Each of my Southwest Chicken Salads have their own dressing and variation on the Black Bean Salsa, but this dressing would be delicious on any of them!

We have Spring with avocado…..

Southwest Chicken Salad Spring | cookingwithcurls.com

and Summer with fresh mangoes…..

Southwest Chicken Salad w/Cilantro Lime Dressing | cookingwithcurls.com

and Winter with pomegranate seeds…..

Southwest Chicken Salad Winter with Orange Cilantro Dressing cookingwithcurls.com

More homemade salad dressing recipes:

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Avocado Ranch Dressing

Bacon Ranch Dressing

Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

Hot Bacon Dressing

Creamy Feta Dressing

Can you tell how much I love Ranch Dressing…and salads…and Southwest Chicken? I guess it’s a good thing that I ended up moving to Arizona! 😉

Enjoy!!

Chipotle Ranch Dressing | cookingwithcurls.com

Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Chipotle Ranch Dressing is smoky, tangy, and as spicy as you want it to be! This dressing is perfect for salads, tacos, wraps, or even for dipping chicken strips!
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: dressing, ranch, chipotle, dairyfree, recipe, homemade
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 133kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • cup milk (I use unsweetened cashew milk)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves garlic (pressed or finely minced)
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
  • 3 Tablespoons minced green onions
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper*
  • 1 whole canned chipotle pepper**

Instructions

  • Pour apple cider vinegar into milk. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes to "curdle" and become buttermilk {cashew and coconut milk will not curdle, but it does make it taste like buttermilk}
  • In a bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together mayonnaise, pressed garlic, parsley, green onions, white wine vinegar, "buttermilk", and chipotle pepper*.
  • Pour into container and store in refrigerator until ready to use. Use within 7 days.

Notes

*The type and amount of chipotle pepper that you use depends on how spicy you like your food. I am perfectly fine with 1 teaspoon of ground chipotle pepper, but others would prefer a whole chipotle pepper out of a can {the kind in adobo sauce}.
**If using the canned chipotle pepper, add all ingredients to a blender and puree dressing until creamy.

Nutrition

Calories: 133kcal | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 124mg | Potassium: 23mg | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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