Taco Salad Dressing

The best taco salad dressing recipe is beyond easy! This genius hack uses just a few fridge ingredients to make a creamy, zingy drizzle.

Taco salad dressing

Want a killer drizzle for your taco salad? Look no further: try this Taco Salad Dressing! This genius hack uses just a handful of ingredients to create a taco salad dressing that’s full of flavor…in just 1 minute. Why whisk up a vinaigrette when you can use a few ingredients you might already have for your taco salad? You’ll be surprised at how creamy and zingy it is…with no effort at all. Try it on our Ultimate Taco Salad for a tasty Tex-Mex style dinner that fits a variety of diets. Let’s go!

Best taco salad dressing ingredients

What we love about this dressing is how simple it is to put together! It’s just a matter of mixing up a few ingredients you might have on hand or purchased for your taco salad anyway. Here’s what you need:

  • Red salsa: Your favorite purchased brand! Mild or medium, you choose
  • Greek yogurt: This helps to keep it light and healthy
  • Sour cream: Adds richness and helps the drizzle adhere to the salad; you can also use mayo
  • Hot sauce: Optional but recommended! We like Cholula brand; it adds a little heat and some tang

Mix together these ingredients, then add salt to taste! One taste and you’ll be impressed by how tasty, creamy, zingy and delicious it is.

Taco salad dressing

Variations: use Greek yogurt, sour cream or mayo

Can you make this taco salad dressing without Greek yogurt? Can you substitute for the sour cream? Here are a few notes:

  • The Greek yogurt plus sour cream combo is ideal. The Greek yogurt yogurt lightens the calories, and adds protein and live probiotics. (See our other Greek Yogurt recipes.)
  • Don’t want yogurt? Use 1/2 cup salsa and 1/2 cup sour cream. Or for a vegan variation, see below!
  • Don’t have sour cream? Use mayonnaise instead of sour cream! You definitely need some richness to give it body and help it adhere to the salad. We don’t recommend 100% Greek yogurt, though you could do it in a pinch.

Vegan taco salad dressing

Want to make a vegan taco salad dressing instead? No problem! Here are two options you could try:

  • Use vegan yogurt and vegan mayo. It’s becoming easy to find vegan options for these products in your local grocery.
  • Or, try cashew cream or homemade vegan sour cream! Try 1/2 cup red salsa and 1/2 cup cashew cream (a vegan staple!) or vegan sour cream.
Taco salad

How to serve taco salad dressing…let us count the ways!

Of course, you don’t have to only use this taco salad dressing on taco salad. Here are a few more ways to use it!

This taco salad dressing recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, see the notes above or in the recipe below.

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Taco salad dressing

Taco Salad Dressing (Genius Hack!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 minute
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

The best taco salad dressing recipe is beyond easy! This genius hack uses just a few fridge ingredients to make a creamy, zingy drizzle. 


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup red salsa (mild or medium)
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt* (or vegan yogurt)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (or mayonnaise or vegan mayo)
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (optional; we like Cholula brand)
  • 2 pinches kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Mix together all ingredients. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Stored refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 1 week. 

Notes

*Don’t want to use yogurt? Use 1/2 cup salsa and 1/2 cup sour cream. Want a vegan variation? Use vegan yogurt and vegan mayo OR use 1/2 cup salsa and 1/2 cup Cashew Cream or Vegan Sour Cream.

  • Category: Dressing
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Tex Mex

Keywords: Taco salad dressing

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

2 Comments

  • Reply
    Rica
    January 28, 2021 at 3:25 am

    How long does the salad dressing last if kept in the fridge?

    • Reply
      Sonja Overhiser
      January 28, 2021 at 8:40 pm

      You can store up to 1 week! It will likely last up to 2 weeks, but we haven’t tested that. Thanks for asking!

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