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Southwest Dressing

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Creamy, smoky and with some heat, this homemade Southwest Dressing is so flavorful and will elevate your salad to the next level. Chipotles in adobo and fresh lime juice blended with spices and honey in a creamy luscious dressing. Makes 1-1/3 cups in seconds.
Course Homemade Ingredients & Condiments
Cuisine American, Tex Mex
Keyword chipotle peppers in adobo, homemade, McDonald's Southwest Dressing, Newmans Own, southwest dressing
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 10 servings
Calories 101
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 to 2 chipotles [in adobo] plus 1 to 2 teaspoons of the adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons adobo seasoning (see notes)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon annatto for color (optional)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt more or less to taste
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Add all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a glass jar or bottle and refrigerate 2 to 4 hours but overnight is best!
  • Should keep for a week or so in the fridge.


**I have a homemade adobo seasoning recipe that I use that is from my cookbook (available on Amazon) but you can use store bought if you wish. Just check to see if there's salt in the recipe and adjust this recipe to fit.


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 212mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 164IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg