Add a little Tex-Mex flavor to your greens…
If you have Ranch dressing at the ready, a decently stocked spice rack, and a few common kitchen ingredients, you’re ready to make a delicious spicy Southwest salad dressing. This is a 5-minute “whip it up” recipe that’s still mighty Tex-Mex tasty for how simple it is. Try it with a simple green salad or use it as the dressing base for a Tex-Mex salad bowl featuring beans, corn, greens, and chicken.
Chili powder provides that Tex-Mex flavor, though it’s not known for its spiciness (being a mix of spices). The heat in this spicy Southwest salad dressing comes from cayenne pepper powder. Adjust it based on your spice tolerance.
Spicy Southwest Salad Dressing
- 1/4 cup Ranch dressing
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
- 1/2 teaspoon lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- Use immediately or transfer to a sealable jar and refrigerate for future use (best used in 2 to 3 days).
The cayenne pepper is optional, though it does provide the real spiciness in this recipe. Chili powder is a mix of spices and tends to be on the milder side. Want it spicier? Add a little more cayenne pepper powder, to taste.
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Excellent! I made it to go on top of some homemade black bean burgers and a side salad, was perfect. And nice spice level.
This salad dressing is wonderful. It is pretty spicy and I might cut down a tiny bit on the cayenne pepper powder next time.