Say hello to your new go-to weeknight sauce: Smoky Chipotle Dressing!
Not only is it the perfect balance of smoky, sweet, and spicy, but it requires just 1 bowl, 5 minutes, and 6 simple ingredients to prepare! Let’s do this.
About Adobo Sauce
The smoky, spicy flavor in this recipe comes from adobo sauce. Not sure what that is? Let’s learn!
Adobo sauce typically consists of tomato, dried chiles, sweetener, salt, onion, vinegar, garlic, and dried herbs/spices.
It originated in Spain where it was used as both a marinade and preservative. It’s believed that the sauce was then introduced in Mexico by Spanish explorers and enthusiastically adopted into Mexican cuisine. (source)
You’ll find canned “chipotle chiles en adobo” at most grocery stores (check the international or Mexican foods aisle). The sauce portion is what we recommend using in this recipe. Or find an authentic homemade recipe here.
How to Make Chipotle Dressing
Making this recipe is seriously simple.
Add all the ingredients (except water) to a bowl and stir to combine. We like using this small whisk for stirring salad dressings and sauces.
Next, add a little water at a time until the dressing is a pourable consistency. But avoid adding too much water as it can dilute the flavor.
Taste test and adjust as needed. Adobo sauce adds heat, lime juice adds acidity, maple syrup adds sweetness, and salt enhances all the other flavors.
If making this dressing 12+ hours in advance, you may need to thin it out by adding a little additional water after it has been in the fridge for several hours.
We hope you LOVE this dressing. It’s:
Quick & easy
& So delicious!
It’s delicious on any salads that could benefit from a creamy, smoky/spicy kick, such as our Chickpea Chopped Kale Salad, Grilled Corn Salad or Mexican Quinoa Salad.
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5-Minute Smoky Chipotle Dressing
- 1/4 cup cashew butter
- 1 pinch each sea salt & black pepper
- 1-2 tsp adobo sauce (if you don’t have access to adobo sauce, sub chipotle chili powder but start with less as it can be potent)
- 1 small clove garlic, crushed and minced (or pressed)
- 2-3 tsp lime juice
- 1/4 tsp maple syrup
- 3-4 Tbsp water (plus more as needed to thin)
- To a medium mixing bowl add cashew butter, salt and pepper, adobo sauce, crushed or minced garlic, lime juice, and maple syrup and stir to combine.
- Add water a little at a time to thin into a pourable sauce, whisking as needed. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more salt to taste, adobo sauce for heat, lime for acidity, or maple syrup for sweetness.
- Serve on top of salads, especially those that could benefit from a creamy, smoky/spicy kick. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days. Not freezer friendly. After refrigerating it gets thicker, so thin with more water as needed.
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