Southwestern Ranch Dressing

Southwestern Ranch Dressing is creamy and perfect for salads or as a dipping sauce. It takes only a few minutes to make this flavorful southwest salad dressing with simple ingredients.

southwestern ranch dressing in a small bowl and on two salads.

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Homemade Southwestern Ranch Salad Dressing

Creamy, with a hint of spiciness and totally delicious, this homemade Southwest ranch dressing can be thrown together in minutes and is super versatile. It’s far more interesting and tasty than any store-bought dressing or dip. Southwestern Ranch salad dressing will also be your go-to dipping sauce for everything from tortilla chips to chicken and seafood. 

Salad dressing is just one of those things most of us have been programmed to pick up at the store. However, a great salad needs a great dressing, and the best dressings are made at home. This is the best Southwestern ranch dressing recipe. It’s similar to Buffalo Wild Wings Southwestern Ranch dressing, only better!

Do you have kids who hate salads? Well, this tasty dressing just might make a difference and actually make your kids request salad for dinner! And, it’s a good way to bribe your kids to eat those healthy carrot and celery sticks. 

Making your own salad dressings is a great way to keep your budget under control, and you know exactly what’s in your dressings. Now you have the perfect Southwestern ranch dressing recipe you can make at home.

Recipe Ingredients

Homemade salad dressings are always healthier because you know exactly what you are putting into them. This homemade Southwest ranch dressing is the creamy ranch you love.

It comes together in under 10 minutes, and you don’t need any fancy ingredients. The “fancy” ingredients are in the dressing and seasoning mixes, making life easier for you. Here’s what you need for this southwest ranch dressing recipe:

southwestern ranch dressing ingredients on a tray.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • For a lighter dressing, use 1/2 mayo and 1/2 fat-free Greek yogurt.
  • For an extra tangy flavor, substitute 2 tablespoons of mayo with sour cream.

How to Make Southwestern Ranch Dressing

Making this southwest ranch dressing recipe couldn’t be easier. You just throw all the ingredients into a blender and blend well.

  1. Simply place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor.
southwestern ranch dressing ingredients in a blender.
  1. Blend until smooth.

Don’t have a blender? Just stir or whisk everything together until well combined.

two forks, southwestern ranch dressing in a bowl and on salads.

How to Serve Southwest Ranch Dressing

The options are practically endless for ways you can use this magical stuff.

  • Salads, of course – it’s especially good on a salad with chicken or shrimp.
  • Great for a Southwest chicken power bowl.
  • Serve on your favorite taco salad.
  • Perfect as a raw veggie ranch dip. Dunk your veggies into this southwest goodness.
  • Dipping sauce for potato wedges, fries, or chicken nuggets, or tortilla strips.
  • Topping for sweet potatoes.
  • Inside any kind of burrito or wrap.
  • Drizzle it over tacos or nachos.
  • A tangy spread on sandwiches.
  • Put a thin layer over chicken or salmon before baking it.

How to Store Homemade Ranch Dressing

Your dressing will keep for up to a week in an airtight container or jar in your refrigerator. And, this dressing tastes better the longer it sits.

Can You Freeze Ranch Dressing?

Yes, you can keep your dressing in the freezer for up to six months. The best way to freeze is to pour your dressing into ice cube trays When frozen, pop out the cubes of frozen dressing and place them in a ziplock freezer bag or an airtight plastic container.

Take out however many cubes you think you’ll need when you want some dressing. Thaw them in the refrigerator. It is best to do this the day before.

southwestern ranch dressing on salads and in a small bowl.

I hope you give this easy recipe a try. I can’t I always keep some dry Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing in my pantry. This dressing is perfect for salads, fresh veggies, and so much more. The combination of the ranch dressing mix and the taco seasoning is the perfect blend of spices.

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Southwestern Ranch Dressing

Southwestern Ranch Dressing is great for salads and as a dipping sauce too.
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Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Southwestern Ranch Dressing
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 287kcal


  • 2 tablespoons Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick Mild Taco Seasoning


  • Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.


Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 990mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 37IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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