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Jalapeno Cilantro Ranch Salad Dressing

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Hey flavor seekers! 🌟 Today, I’m opening the pages of my kitchen diary to bring you a recipe that holds a special corner in my heart—the Spicy Cilantro Ranch Dressing! 🌿🌶️
Have you ever found yourself craving a unique dressing that seamlessly intertwines the luscious creaminess of a ranch with the dynamic kick of spices? Or perhaps a zesty concoction that has the prowess to elevate even the most mundane dishes to new culinary heights? If you nodded even once, you’re in the right place!
Imagine a dressing that can transform a regular weekday salad into a mesmerizing dance of flavors, or a dip that can make your snack time the most awaited moment of your day. The Spicy Cilantro Ranch Dressing is precisely that magic potion! With every spoonful, you’ll not just taste but experience layers of flavors, from the verdant freshness of cilantro to the spirited kick of jalapeño, all held together by the comforting embrace of buttermilk and mayonnaise.

Ready to journey through a recipe that’s as much about cherishing the process as it is about the end result? Well, hold onto your whisk, dear friend, as we delve deep into the heart of this culinary masterpiece together! 🌿🌶️

I know you might have some questions about this recipe, wondering if it’s as easy and hassle-free as it sounds, so let me clarify any doubts you might have.

Is this recipe easy enough for culinary novices?
Absolutely! This Jalapeño Cilantro Ranch Dressing is superbly simple and perfect for those just starting their culinary journey or those looking for a quick and uncomplicated recipe.

What about the time, does it require a lot?
Not at all! You’ll have this zesty dressing ready in no more than 10 minutes, plus a little chilling time. Perfect for those bustling days!

Are the ingredients easy to find?
Absolutely! Each ingredient is straightforward and available at your local grocery, making this recipe stress-free from start to finish.

Can I tweak the recipe to suit my taste?
Certainly! Feel free to play around with the levels of spice and add in your favorite herbs. It’s all about making it your own!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

So, in reality, while the active preparation is super quick, allowing it some time in the refrigerator to chill and let the flavors meld together will make it even more delicious!

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise (full fat)
  • 1 cup fresh Cilantro leaves
  • 2-3 fresh Jalapeños, seeds and ribs removed (adjust to your spice preference)
  • 1 clove Garlic, peeled
  • 1 packet (1 oz) Ranch Dressing Mix (such as Hidden Valley)
  • 1 tsp fresh Lime Juice
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp White Sugar (optional, to balance the acidity and heat)
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil (optional, for richness)
  • Water, as needed to adjust consistency


  • Initial Preparation:
  • Clean the cilantro thoroughly and pat it dry. Deseed and chop the jalapeños, and peel the garlic cloves. Preparing these fresh ingredients first makes the subsequent steps smoother.
  • Blending Ingredients:
  • In your blender or food processor, place the cilantro, jalapeños, garlic, and the juice from one lime. Blend these together until you have a fine, well-combined mixture. This step is crucial to infuse the dressing with the rich flavors of the fresh ingredients.
  • Adding Creaminess:
  • To the blended mixture, add the buttermilk, mayonnaise, and ranch dressing mix. Blend once more until the mixture is smooth and creamy. This step brings in the luxurious, velvety texture to the dressing.
  • Perfecting the Taste:
  • Taste your creation and season it with salt and pepper to your liking. Proper seasoning is key to balance the zestiness and spiciness, enhancing the overall flavor profile of the dressing.
  • Chilling:
  • Once you are satisfied with the taste, transfer the dressing to a container and let it chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. This resting period allows the flavors to meld together beautifully, elevating the taste of the dressing.
  • Serving:
  • After chilling, give the dressing a good stir. It is now ready to be enjoyed over salads, as a dip, or however you prefer. The versatility of this dressing allows it to complement a variety of dishes beautifully.

Cooking tips:

Cooking tips:

  • If you’re sensitive to heat, start with one jalapeño and taste the dressing before deciding whether to add the second one.
  • For more spice, include some of the seeds from the jalapeños.
  • Experiment with different herbs like parsley or dill for a unique flavor twist.
  • Use fresh herbs whenever possible for the most vibrant taste.
  • If you prefer a thicker dressing, either reduce the amount of buttermilk or increase the amount of mayonnaise.
  • For a thinner dressing, add a little more buttermilk until the desired consistency is reached.
  • If you like a hint of sweetness in your dressing, consider adding a small amount of honey or sugar.
  • Store the dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator to maintain its freshness.
  • Consume within a week for the best quality and flavor.
  • This dressing is not limited to salads; try it as a dip for veggies, drizzle it over tacos, or use it as a spread for sandwiches and wraps!
  • Always taste the dressing and adjust the seasonings before serving. Even a pinch of salt or a squeeze of lime can make a big difference!
  • Make sure to wash all fresh produce thoroughly to remove any potential contaminants.
  • Don’t skip the chilling step; it allows the flavors to meld, making the dressing more flavorful.
  • Remember, cooking is an art, so feel free to experiment and adjust the recipe to suit your palate. Enjoy crafting your culinary masterpiece!

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