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This is a copycat version of Chick-fil-A’s famous Creamy Salsa Dressing! It’s perfect as a salad dressing, dip, or alongside burrito bowls!
I’m obsessed with this dressing. The reason for this is because it’s not just a dressing - it can be used for a few things. I’ve added it to Mexican fried rice, drizzled it over rice bowls, and generally it makes a good dip for meats (chicken and steak).
This version isn’t too spicy, thus making it ideal for serving to picky kids that are sensitive to spice.
Ingredients needed to make Copycat Chick-fil-A's Creamy Salsa Dressing
The ingredients needed to make CFA’s famous Creamy Salsa Dressing are easy to find, and you might have all of them on hand?
- Mayo - for creaminess and flavor.
- Sour cream - for creaminess and tang.
- Salsa - any salsa that you like will work, homemade or store-bought. Just be sure that if you want it spicy, use hot salsa. If you’re sensitive to spice, keep the salsa mild.
- Cilantro - chopped, fresh cilantro, please!
- Chili powder - for flavor. I like to use organic chili powder but use whatever you have.
- Cumin - for that spicy, southwest flavor.
- Rice vinegar - for mild acidity, sweetness, and tang.
You can definitely make Chick-Fil-A’s Creamy Southwest Dressing at home - don’t be intimidated. It’s so easy, and much better-for-you than buying store-bought because you’re using minimal (mostly clean) ingredients.
The process goes something like this:
Add all of the ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend. See? I told you it's so easy to make!
It should look like this - blended smooth.
Use it immediately or store it in a mason jar in the refrigerator for 3-4 days (assuming the ingredients you're using weren't about to expire).
- Make it spicy - add ½ of a chopped jalapeño and use medium or hot salsa to make it spicy!
- Add a chipotle - consider adding a chipotle and a teaspoon of adobo! It’ll be a great addition!
- Make it lighter - you can make this dressing a little lighter by swapping the mayo and sour cream for greek yogurt.
- Add lime juice - add a squeeze of fresh lime juice for extra tang and flavor!
Storage + leftovers
You can store this dressing in the refrigerator for 4-5 days in a mason jar in the refrigerator.
I don’t recommend freezing it, it won’t freeze well because the sour cream and mayo will separate as it thaws. That's usually a mess and it doesn't look very appetizing, so be sure to use it after you make it!
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Can you make a dupe of CFA’s Creamy Salsa Dressing at home?
Yes, just follow the recipe below! It only requires a handful of ingredients and you can customize it to your preferences (make it spicier vs more mild).
Is CFA’s Creamy Salsa Dressing made with mayo?
Yes, it’s made with mayo, but if you’re making it at home you can definitely swap the mayo (and/or sour cream) for greek yogurt.
Is CFA’s Creamy Salsa Dressing spicy or mild?
This version as it is written is mild (unless you’re using medium or spicy salsa). You can make it spicier by adding a chopped chipotle pepper, adding a dash or two of cayenne, and/or using a hot salsa. I recommend starting by making it mild, and adjusting the spice level as you go.
Copycat Chick-fil-A Creamy Salsa Dressing
- ½ cup mayo
- ½ cup sour cream
- ½ cup red salsa
- ¼ cup cilantro
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp rice vinegar
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender or food processor and pulse until the mixture is smooth and combined.
- Use it immediately or store it in a mason jar in the refrigerator.
- You can store this dressing in the refrigerator for 4-5 days in a mason jar in the refrigerator.
- I don’t recommend freezing it, it won’t freeze well, the texture will change and it will separate.
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