I am so guilty of buying those bagged salads in the produce section at the super market. I LOVE THEM. Whenever I am feeling unmotivated to meal prep for the week, my go-to is any kind of southwest or chipotle cheddar salad. But at $4-$5 a pop those bagged salads are not a very economical solution to my mid-day meal hunt. So this week, feeling quite motivated and also a little strapped for cash, I decided to create my own southwest style dressing.
To be honest, I’ve tried repeatedly just to buy a southwest dressing and I cannot find one to save my life. I’ve seen a couple southwest ranch dressings out there but they’re not even close to the same. Too much ranch (is there such a thing?!) and not enough southwest.
I’ve had the southwest salad a Mickey D’s a few times (see, I told you, I really am a southwest salad connoisseur) and it comes with the most glorious Newman’s Own Southwest dressing. After a little research I discovered that Newman’s Own makes it exclusively for McDonald’s and you cannot find it anywhere else. So Mickey D’s has the monopoly on the only delicious southwest dressing ever.
Until now! I would venture to say that this dressing might even be better than Newman’s Own. But I’ll let you be the judge!
The Best Southwest Dressing Ever
For the dressing:
- 16 oz. light sour cream
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
- 2-3 tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- salt and pepper to taste
Add all dressing ingredients to a large mason jar and shake vigorously until well combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper and enjoy!