Southwest Ranch Dressing

I started making homemade salad dressings a year or so ago as a way to save money.  I also noticed that there were so many strange ingredients in bottled dressing, so the homemade kind seemed like a healthier alternative.

We have several “go-to” dressing recipes, like garlic, thousand island, orange vinaigrette, and balsamic vinaigrette.  Ranch dressing is my favorite, but for a long time I could not find a recipe that tasted as good as the Hidden Valley kind that I was used to buying.  This recipe at Simple Bites is absolutely perfect.  It tastes even better than the bottled kind.  I make that recipe often and used it as the basis for this Southwest version, which is delicious on potatoes, vegetables, and in chicken wraps as well as on salads.

•1 1/4 cups sour cream
•1/2 cup buttermilk
•1/4 cup mayonnaise
•1 Tablespoon lime juice
•1 clove garlic, minced
•1 teaspoon cumin
•1/2 teaspoon chile powder
•2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, minced very finely
•Salt and pepper, to taste
•A handful of fresh cilantro, chopped

Mix all ingredients together thoroughly. Chill for several hours to allow flavors to blend.

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