Creamy Southwestern Dressing

by | Apr 7, 2021 | Easy To Prepare, Entree, Gluten Free, Healthy, Recipe, Salad, Side Dish, Vegan, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Creamy Southwestern Dressing

Cool, creamy yogurt, warm southwestern spices and a splash of lime juice tantalize your taste buds. This thick, creamy dressing compliments anything to which you’d like to add a bit of zip – tossed salad, grilled fish or chicken, tacos, burritos, wraps or bowls, potato salad or coleslaw. Check out the salad idea listed following the dressing recipe.

Use either a mild or spicier chili powder, whatever your preference. And plan ahead just a bit – after mixing all of the ingredients, give the flavors at least 30 minutes to blend for best results.

Makes: approximately 1 ¼ cups dressing



1 cup yogurt (Greek, regular, or plant-based)
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon honey or molasses
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon dried cilantro (or 1 teaspoon minced fresh cilantro leaves)
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano (or 1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano leaves)
1/4 teaspoon dried garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried onion powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Place all of the dressing ingredients into a small mixing bowl. Whisk them together until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a storage container, cover, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
  3. Serve.

Note: Dressing will last up to 2 weeks in a covered container in the refrigerator.


Photo: Love + Craft Kitchen



Create a tasty Southwestern-Style Salad by tossing together any or all of the following ingredients. Top it off with this Creamy Southwestern Dressing and enjoy.

  • any type of mixed greens (Get creative! Think bibb, arugula, spinach, chopped kale or chard, any other favorites.)
  • any protein – black beans, chickpeas, chicken, beef, tofu, another favorite
  • red or sweet onions
  • corn
  • tomato
  • bell pepper
  • avocado
  • cucumber
  • radishes
  • Colby-Jack or cotija cheese
  • tortilla strips or crumbled chips
  • fresh cilantro


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