Southwest flavors in a healthy and delicious homemade ranch dressing... Cilantro Jalapeño Ranch Dressing uses fresh, healthy ingredients to complement your fresh salad ingredients.
Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.~~ Pablo Picasso
👩🏻🍳 Tamara Talks - About Homemade Salad Dressings
Recipes are great, and learning to follow a recipe is a necessary first step in becoming an accomplished home cook. One of the main focuses of Beyond Mere Sustenance, however, is to encourage my readers to "learn the rules like a pro," to facilitate moving beyond a recipe to using flavor profiles and a well-stocked pantry along with seasonal and fresh ingredients to create new and wonderful dishes.
Homemade salad dressings are one of the easiest and most forgiving places to start. Cilantro Jalapeño Ranch Dressing Recipe takes only minutes to prepare, and you can take the basic "recipe" and customize it with different herbs and flavorings to complement whatever seasonal and fresh ingredients find their way into your salad bowl on a given night.
So in reading through this post, and then in looking at the recipe, keep in mind that it is more instructional in nature, and the recipe is more of a template.
Given that I'm throwing together a fresh salad dressing with southwest-inspired ingredients like cilantro and jalapeño, my salad calls for ingredients like black beans, pepitas, avocado, and tomatoes. Don't limit yourself to the list in my recipe. 😉 Other potential ingredients might include grilled corn, chopped zucchini, jicama, red or orange bell pepper, radishes, cotija cheese, etc.
📋 Ingredients You'll Need
Here is a quick look at the ingredients in the recipe – it’s handy to use at the grocery store or as a summary of what you need. Skip to the recipe for quantities.
- olive oil mayonnaise
- plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- lime juice
- minced garlic
- fresh chives or shallot
- sea salt
- fresh ground pepper
So. Simple. Put the ingredients in a blender until smooth. It will keep for a few days in the refrigerator (if it lasts that long)!
Cool? Have you made your own homemade salad dressings? If not, go look at the back of a bottle of dressing in your fridge. The list of ingredients may convince you!