Honey Chipotle Dressing

September 15, 2022

I’m going to come out and say it: this may be your new favorite salad dressing, dip, and sauce, all in one. That’s right, my Honey Chipotle Dressing is so much more than just a delicious salad dressing. In fact, I love dipping fresh veggies into it, cooking my favorite proteins in it, and, of course, drizzling it over a crisp, delicious salad. This recipe is also gluten-free, dairy-free optional, and free of refined sugars, so what are you waiting for?! Run, don’t walk, to your kitchen and go make this dressing!

A jar of the creamy chipotle dressing, sitting on a countertop, with a spoon drizzling some of the dressing back into the jar. A few of the ingredients needed to make this dressing can be seen in the background.

Friends, do you remember those days when eating a salad without dressing was the latest food trend? I don’t know about you, but I always hated that trend. First, salads are SO MUCH BETTER with the dressing. Not only does the dressing add depth and flavor, but it makes your salad greens way less boring.

Second, salad dressings can also be incredibly healthy as well! While they often get a bad rep for being high in calories or fat, when we make or consume dressings that use real, healthy ingredients, they can often be a great way to get some of our necessary nutrients. For example, in this dressing, we are using greek yogurt (or plant-based yogurt), which not only adds protein, but also adds healthy fats that our body and brains need to operate!

While store-bought dressings can often be full of added sugars or other ingredients that may not be the healthiest for us (PSA: it’s still totally okay to buy pre-made dressings!) I love making homemade dressing because it’s quick, easy, and a super easy way to make your salads both healthy AND delicious!

A close-up image of a bowl of the honey cupola dressing, topped with Aleppo chillies and green onions.

What You Need to Make This Perfect Salad Dressing

All you need are 7 simple ingredients to make this perfect Honey Chipotle Dressing! It’s so simple and easy, and you may even have the ingredients already stocked in your kitchen.

  • Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt makes the delicious, healthy, creamy base for our dressing! I love greek yogurt because it is high in protein and low in lactose, making it a great option for those who are sensitive to dairy. And if you want to keep this recipe dairy-free, simply use a plant-based yogurt instead!
  • Chipotle Chili Pepper: This adds the perfect chipotle flavor. For best results, make sure to use a chipotle chili pepper that is packed in adobo sauce.
  • Honey: Honey adds the perfect amount of sweetness, without the refined sugars. Plus, the combination of sticky honey and spicy chili pepper is delicious together!
  • Spices: In this dressing, we’ll be using garlic powder, smoked paprika, and kosher salt to add the perfect balance of flavor.
  • Water: This is optional, and depends completely on the consistency of your yogurt. If your yogurt is especially thick, you can use some water to thin out the dressing!

How to Make This Delicious Honey Chipotle Dressing

This dressing is so easy to make, you’ll want to make it every week. Simply start by adding all of your dressing ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Once the ingredients are fully combined, stop the blender and check the consistency of your dressing. If you prefer a thicker consistency, you can add more yogurt. If you prefer a thinner consistency, add more water.

Blend until your desired consistency is reached. Then, once your dressing is done, transfer it to a covered container and store it in the fridge for up to one week. Use it on your favorite salads, vegetables, or proteins, and enjoy!

A jar of the creamy chipotle dressing, sitting on a countertop, with a spoon drizzling some of the dressing back into the jar. A few of the ingredients needed to make this dressing can be seen in the background.
Dairy Free/gluten-free/Grain Free/Nut Free/Refined Sugar Free/Vegan

Honey Chipotle Dressing

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Nicole Modic
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
SERVES 1.25 Cups
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I'm going to come out and say it: this may be your new favorite salad dressing, dip, and sauce, all in one. That's right, my Honey Chipotle Dressing is so much more than just a delicious salad dressing. In fact, I love dipping fresh veggies into it, cooking my favorite proteins in it, and, of course, drizzling it over a crisp, delicious salad. This recipe is also gluten-free, dairy-free optional, and free of refined sugars, so what are you waiting for?! Run, don't walk, to your kitchen and go make this dressing

Equipment

  • 1 Blender I love my Vitamix blender, and will always recommend it!

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Greek Yogurt or substitute your favorite plant-based yogurt to keep it dairy-free!
  • 1 Chipotle Pepper in adobo sauce
  • 2 Teaspoons Honey
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Water this is optional; use it if your yogurt is especially thick!

Instructions

  • Start by adding all of your dressing ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
  • Once the ingredients are fully combined, stop the blender and check the consistency of your dressing. If you prefer a thicker consistency, you can add more yogurt. If you prefer a thinner consistency, add more water.
  • Blend until your desired consistency is reached.
  • Once your dressing is done, transfer it to a covered container and store it in the fridge for up to one week. Use it on your favorite salads, vegetables, or proteins, and enjoy!

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