This Jalapeno Ranch Dressing Recipe adds a kick of heat and authentic Mexican flavors to traditional ranch. You’ll love Jalapeno Ranch as a dressing, a dip, and a spread!
I love anything ranch and this one is a great spin on the traditional version. It’s ranch but with an authentic Mexican twist. It’s also extremely easy to make because all ingredients go into a blender and cleanup is minimal. Jalapeno Ranch Dressing is the perfect dip for your next party or as a dressing to liven up your next salad!
- Vegan mayonnaise – Much healthier than the traditional version of mayonnaise which is made with eggs and egg yokes.
- Pickled Jalapeno Pepper – This is the key ingredient. I also include some of the jalapeno juice (brine) in the dressing for added flavor.
- Green onion – Green onions add much of the flavor in this recipe.
- Garlic – I include 2 cloves but you can just add one if you prefer a more mild dressing.
- Onion and garlic powder – These are the only spices I use. However, feel free to experiment by adding cumin, adobo powder, or some chili powder.
- Water – Used to thin out the dressing.
How To Make Jalapeno Ranch Dressing
- Garlic, green onion, and cilantro. Mince garlic and chop green onion and cilantro.
- Blend ingredients. Add vegan mayonnaise, water, garlic, green onion, cilantro, jalapenos, brine, garlic powder, and onion powder to a blender and blend on high until creamy and smooth.
- Adjust consistency. If dressing is too thick, add a little water; if too thin, add a little mayo.
- Refrigerate. Pour dressing into an airtight container and refrigerate for 2 hours to allow flavors to combine and become bolder.
The main tip for this recipe is to blend the ingredients using a blender instead of whisking them. I blend all of the ingredients to make sure there are no chunks of garlic or green onions in the dressing. I also have noticed that the flavors of the dressing are more pronounced when blended.
You’ll notice that I include lime in my ingredient photo but not in the actual recipe. This dressing tastes amazing with lime in it. However, you can safely omit the lime. I’ve found that the dressing has a richer jalapeno flavor when the lime is removed. That’s why I’ve excluded it as a main ingredient.
- Use Jalapeno Ranch as a dressing for your favorite salads like Taco Salad or Southwest Quinoa Salad.
- I love this dressing as a dip for veggies and pita chips. It’s a perfect item to bring to your next get-together.
- Use it as a substitute for nacho cheese to make Vegan Nachos!
- Add it as a spread to sandwiches and burgers like my Lentil Burgers.
Is This Recipe Healthy?
This dressing is healthier than traditional ranch dressings because I’m using vegan mayo. Traditional ranch dressings, including Jalapeno Ranch, use regular mayonnaise which is made with eggs and egg yokes. I also include fresh ingredients like green onions and cilantro which are very healthy.
- Cilantro is a great source of antioxidants which reduce inflammation.(1)
- Cilantro is also believed to help fight infections and help regulate blood sugar levels.
- Green onions are rich in antioxidants and also help control blood sugar.(2)
Looking For More Vegan Dips and Dressings?
- Vegan Ranch
- Serrano Salsa
- Salsa Taquera
- Vegan Nacho Cheese
- Fire Roasted Salsa
- Vegan Ceviche
- Black Bean and Corn Salsa
- 1 Cup vegan mayonnaise
- 1/4 Cup water
- 1/4 Cup cilantro
- 2 Green onions, chopped
- 2 Garlic cloves, minced
- 3 Tablespoons pickled jalapenos
- 2 Tablespoons brine from pickled jalapenos
- 1/2 Teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon onion powder
- Mince garlic and chop green onions and cilantro.
- Add vegan mayonnaise, water, garlic, green onion, cilantro, jalapenos, brine, garlic and onion powder to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Adjust consistency by adding more water to thin dressing or more mayo to thicken.
- Refrigerate in an airtight container for 2 hours before serving to allow flavors to combine.
Make sure you use a blender to blend the dressing because it removes any chunks of garlic and green onion; this makes the dressing smoother. It's also a better method for making sure the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
It's also important that you refrigerate the dressing for a couple hours before you serve it. Letting the dressing sit in the refrigerator helps enhance the flavors.
You can add lime juice to this dressing for a bit of tang.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 141Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 179mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 0g
The Vegan Plate attempts to provide accurate information. However, this nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. The nutritional information provided comes from online sources and calculations.