Try this Creamy South of the Border Salad Dressing on my Mexicali Steak Salad Platter recipe, it’s absolutely fabulous!

mexicali steak salad platter


When I was creating my Creamy South of the Border Salad Dressing, I wanted it to be creamy, yet have a little texture too.

Adding  finely chopped red onion and hot pepper lends just the right amount of crunch factor.  It’s a bit smoky with the addition of some chipotles in adobo, and has a nice hint of citrus for the finish to help cut through the heat.

mexicali spice rub ingredientsIn other words, this dressing has everything your Southwestern, Mexican or Tex-Mex salad could ask for in a delicious topper.

This recipe makes a generous amount of dressing, but I’ll double it if I’m preparing it for a party dish like my Mexicali Steak Salad Platter.  I want to have a nice big bowl on the buffet for my guests to slather their salads with abandon if they wish.

You can store the dressing in the refrigerator for up to 7 days, but don’t limit yourself to using it just on salads. 


Here’s a few ideas to use up the rest of your Creamy South of the Border Salad Dressing:

  • Add it to your tuna salad instead of mayo
  • Drizzle some over cooked broccoli or cauliflower
  • Top a baked potato instead of sour cream
  • Dollop a bit inside your steak or chicken tacos


It lends a creamy source of smoky bit of heat to any dish that you want to give a little south-of-the-border flavor.

I hope you try this versatile and delicious dressing on your next entree salad, it’s sure to be a hit!

Or click this link to get the recipe for Mexicali Steak Salad Platter to try this weekend!

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south of the border salad dressing ingredients

Creamy South of the Border Salad Dressing

Yield: 1-1/4 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Creamy, dreamy, with a little kick of heat from chipotles and hot pepper, this dressing makes any salad taste like you've taken a trip to Cancun for your lunch!


  • 1 cup mayonnaise (homemade or quality brand)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbs. honey
  • 1 large lime, zested, then juiced
  • 1 tsp. lime zest
  • 2 Tbs. chipotles in adobo, diced (with sauce)
  • 2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. ground cumin
  • 3 tsp. ground coriander
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. chopped garlic
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped hot pepper (your choice)


1. Add mayo, sour cream, honey, lime juice and zest to a large bowl and using a whisk, combine the mixture well.

2. Add all remaining ingredients and whisk until well combined. Pour into a glass mason jar, and close tightly.

3. Refrigerated, the dressing will last up to 7 days.


Use this salad dressing with my Mexicali Steak Salad Platter recipe, it'll blow your friends away!

Nutrition Information
Yield 19 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 101Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 8mgSodium 321mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 0gSugar 2gProtein 0g

Fat and calorie counts will vary with serving size.

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