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. says

    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!

  2. says

    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!

  3. says

    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
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

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