High Heels and Grills: Southwestern Ranch Dressing

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Southwestern Ranch Dressing

Just as promised, here is my favorite Southwestern Dressing to go with yesterday's Southwestern Salad! This is a Southwestern Ranch Dressing to be exact and it's absolutely divine!

My husband and I are on calorie watch, so we made sure to use low fat mayo and low fat sour cream. I'd never made any kind of dressing before, so I was super nervous as to how it would turn out and if the low fat stuff would ruin the consistency. It actually surprised us both and ended up being way better than we were expecting! (The original recipe I used can be found here.)

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (can be lowfat)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1-2 Tbsp. milk - more or less, depending on how thick you like it
  • 2 Tbsp. tomatoes, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. white vinegar
  • 2 tsp. jalapenos, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. onion, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp. hot sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and chill in the refrigerator for at least four hours before serving.

You almost have to let the dressing marinade and soak in all of the spices or else it's just going to taste like a big, fat glob of mayo. Been there, done that. Good luck and I'd love to know how you like it!



  1. We don't use Ranch dressing here in NZ but I am going to give this a try. I like so many of the ingredients. Have a great week!

  2. Get the Heck out- I am seriously drooling over here..your blog is Crazy Yummy! lol

  3. Hi Sarah~Thanks for following me and my blog! I am loving this dressing, and all southwestern food is dear to my heart. I am looking forward to getting to know you and your husband through your blog.
    I am following you now too!

  4. That looks and sounds AMAZINGLY good. Thanks for the recipe! I just had to share it on Facebook! :)

  5. Yum! Looks delish. Thanks for sharing at Etcetorize this week!

  6. Look great. And thanks for the tip about marinating.

  7. I love making my own salad dressing - so nice to know exactly what's going in and be able to pronounce everything!


  8. This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing on "I Did It!" Tuesday! :)

  9. MMMMMM this sounds incredibly yummy! :D

  10. This looks yummy. I think I need it in my life. I am your newest follower. I hope you'll stop by Posed Perfection for a visit sometime and maybe even a follow back. Have a great day!

  11. Oh yum! That's it - off to eat, NOW!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  12. Oh, yum! And perfect with your Southwestern salad!

  13. Or the quickie recipe - just add salsa to ranch dressing ...

    Popped in from Stuff and Nonsense's Fridays Unfolded.


  14. This is screaming zesty! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Oh my goodness my mom is going to flip when I give this recipe to her. She loves southwest ranch. Thanks for sharing this at the Weekend Wonders party. Hope to see you back on Thursday. Have a great day!

  16. I love making homemade dressing! This sounds like one my whole family will enjoy! Thanks for sharing at All My Bloggy Friends last week! I can't wait to see what you share tomorrow! :)

  17. I can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you will link up again. The party will be live tonight. www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

    Thanks, Nichi

  18. Hi Sarah,
    I can't wait to try this recipe. I am constantly buying a chipolte ranch dressing from whole foods, your will be a great alternative and much less expensive. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/08/free-bee-sweet-hat-pattern-crocheted.html
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above


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