This creamy chipotle salad dressing is a healthy vinaigrette that can spruce up any salad to bring it those famous southwest flavors you crave. What makes this recipe even better is that it is completely dairy free (vegan option). Delicious, simple, healthy and creamy, what more could you possibly ask for? Makes about 2 cups.
Why I love this Chipotle salad dressing
This chipotle salad dressing is such an easy recipe to throw together that you can whip up a batch in minutes. It’s also a great way to kick up the heat and bring the flavors you’d expect from a taco salad dressing.
I’ve been making it for years now, and I try to have some on hand so I can throw a taco salad together whenever I want – like when I have leftover meat from my ground chicken tacos or Instant Pot carnitas. Just add a few fresh veggies, and you have a filling lunch or dinner that’s full of flavor.
Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe
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Ingredients note: I made this recipe with honey, which is definitely not vegan, but a vegan honey alternative would be a great choice. You can also use your favorite liquid sweetener, such as brown rice syrup or date syrup. Even regular old sugar will work just fine, but you’ll need a bit more. Try 3 – 4 tablespoons.
How to make this Chipotle salad dressing
Measure and prep ingredients. There really isn’t much prep for this dressing recipe. You don’t even need to chop anything, but if you’re looking to make this even easier, try coating your measuring spoon with oil or cooking spray before measuring the honey.
Blend the ingredients. Throw everything into the bowl of a food processor or blender, and process until smooth.
Transfer to a storage container. This dressing is quite thin, which I think is great for stretching it over your salad and keeping things healthy, but you’ll want to keep that in mind because it can get a bit messy when transferring.
FAQ’s about making Chipotle salad dressing
If kept properly stored inside of your fridge, you can expect your dressing to last up to 4 days and still taste great. This is a perfect recipe to use for meal prepping. Making a batch on Sunday to use for your salads throughout the week.
You want to keep your chipotle dressing stored inside an airtight container, but you also need it to be easy to access your dressing. Keeping it in a mason jar is a good way to keep it sealed. Just use a spoon to scoop and drizzle as needed.
Pro Tip: You can also store your taco salad dressing in a squeeze bottle for easy pouring and less mess!
Taco salad dressing tastes amazing with pretty much anything that has a fiesta styled vibe. If you can put it on a taco, you can put it in a salad and pour some dressing over the top. You may even find that this dressing goes great poured over tacos!
More delicious dressing recipes
- Homemade Thousand Island Dressing
- Dairy Free Ranch Dressing
- Caesar Salad Dressing
- Ginger Dressing
- Avocado Cilantro Dressing
Great salad recipes
- Kale Chicken Caesar Salad
- Chicken Cobb Salad
- Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad
- Strawberry Poppy Seed Salad
- Kale Shredded Brussel Sprouts Salad
Chipotle Salad Dressing
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: about 1 cup 1x
- Category: Condiments
- Method: Blending
- Cuisine: American
- 6 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons honey (or vegan honey alternative)
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 – 2 chipotle peppers
- 1/2 – 1 tablespoon of adobo sauce
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- Combine ingredients in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Process until smooth.
- Use immediately or transfer to an air tight container to refrigerate until ready to use.
- Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
- Calories: 143
- Sugar: 4.6 g
- Sodium: 145.8 mg
- Fat: 14 g
- Saturated Fat: 2 g
- Carbohydrates: 5.4 g
- Fiber: 0.1 g
- Protein: 0.1 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: dairy free, vegan, vegan option, chipotle, spicy, salad dressing, dressing
Last Updated on July 24, 2020 by Melissa Belanger