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Southwest Dressing, Southwest Dip, Southwest Sauce in a white pitcher

Creamy Southwest Salad Dressing, (Easy Southwest Sauce & Southwest Dip)

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  • Author: Glenda Embree
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Spicy, creamy and lusciously silky.  This homemade Southwest Salad Dressing can also be used as Southwest Sauce and Southwest Dip.  Use it as a marinade.  Brush it on meat before grilling.  Dip corn chips or sweet potato fries.  Dunk nuggets, top burgers, dress your favorite summer salads and enjoy the spicy, zingy lime juice flavors.  The possibilities are endless for this easy salad dressing recipe.


  • 1 cup mayonnaise, (I use avocado mayo. Definitely use your favorite mayonnaise. IMPORTANT: (Salad dressings like Miracle Whip DO NOT work in this recipe.)
  • 3/4 cup Avocado Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Southwest Seasoning
  • 2 Tablespoons Lime Juice
  • 3 Tablespoons water


  1. Place the mayo, Southwest seasoning, and lime juice in a bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of the avocado oil and whisk until fully combined.
  3. Add 1/4 cup more and again, whisk until fully combined.
  4. Whisk in the remaining 1/4 cup of avocado oil.  Whisk hard until it is fully combined and emulsified into the spicy mayo mixture.
  5. The Southwestern Dip should be silky smooth and fairly thick.  Absolutely perfect for dipping and dunking.  This consistency also works fabulously as a luscious dairy free Southwestern Sauce for casseroles and pasta salads.  Use it to top your favorite burgers and sandwiches, too.
  6. To transform the dip into a delectably creamy Southwest Salad Dressing, add 3 Tablespoons of water and whisk vigorously to combine.  This will thin the southwestern salad dressing to a pourable or drizzling consistency.  It should be similar to the consistency of Ranch Dressing.  You can add more water if you prefer your dressing thinner.
  7. Taste the dip to see if it needs additional salt and pepper. The Southwest seasoning has salt in it, so be sure you check the flavor, before adding any extra.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Condiment, Sauce, Dip Salad Dressing
  • Method: Whisked by Hand
  • Cuisine: American Southwest