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Cream Salsa Dressing

This easy creamy salsa dressing is ready in less than 5 minutes and contains just 10 simple ingredients (including seasonings)! It’s low in calories and packed with flavor – almost like a copycat version of the super popular Chick-fil-A creamy salsa sauce. 

This is one of my favorite recipes to use as a sauce for burrito bowls recently – and anyone who follows my socials will know that burrito bowls are a regular on my lunch and dinner menu! Made from a healthy Greek yogurt base, this flavor-packed salsa dressing is a fantastic copycat Chick-fil-A creamy salsa dressing alternative that will give your meals an extra boost of protein.

overhead shot of a creamy salsa dressing in a blue bowl

Try this creamy jalapeno sauce as another option, and serve with black bean burritos, stirred into mexican pinto beans, over crispy mexican potatoes, or served with vegetarian fajitas!

Ingredient Notes

The exact quantities of the ingredients you need for this recipe are included in the recipe card at the bottom of this post. Here, I’ve added a few notes on the ingredients you need, plus a few potential substitutions you could make if you can’t eat/find a certain ingredient.

a shot of all the ingredients for the salsa dressing: Greek yogurt, salsa, seasonings, lime juice, and cilantro
  • Greek yogurt: I use Greek yogurt for the base of this recipe – it’s high in protein, a fantastic healthy alternative to mayo or sour cream, and has the perfect creamy texture for your creamy salsa dressing. If you prefer, you could substitute the Greek yogurt for half mayo, and half sour cream.
  • Salsa: Use whatever brand of red salsa you like best for this recipe! It really doesn’t matter – whatever you prefer.
  • Lime juice: You’ll either need lime juice or, failing that, apple cider vinegar (or white wine vinegar) to give your dressing that essential zingy acidity.
  • Cilantro: Plenty of fresh cilantro gives this creamy salsa dressing a light and fresh flavor. Avoid using dried cilantro if possible.
  • Seasonings: We use a mix of garlic powder, paprika, cumin, chili powder, and salt for this recipe.

How To Make This Creamy Salsa Dressing Recipe

Again, the exact step-by-step instructions and ingredient quantities will be in the recipe card at the bottom of this page. 

Below is an overview of making this recipe, plus some process shots to help you visualize how this recipe should turn out.

Step 1) Assemble Your Ingredients

Juice your lime (if using) and roughly chop your cilantro. Add all the ingredients to your blender.

I use my Nutribullet for this recipe, or a hand immersion blender on quick, short pulses failing that. You could use whatever blend you have though.

If you don’t have a blender, chop your cilantro finely and just stir the ingredients. If you have a chunkier salsa to use, your dressing with obviously be on the chunkier side!

Step 2) Blend!

Blend all the ingredients into a smooth and creamy sauce. Taste your dressing and adjust any of the seasonings according to your personal preferences!

Expert Tips!

Take care not to overblend your salsa dressing – when using Greek yogurt as a base, I find that the dressing can turn too liquid-y quickly if you blend it for a long time. A few quick bursts should be enough to bring everything together!

This recipe would also be delicious with jalapenos added – almost like a blend between the recipe listed above and my creamy jalapeno sauce recipe. If you don’t like spice, though, don’t use jalapenos!

If you want a denser creamy salsa dressing – perhaps even more authentic to the popular Chick-fil-a creamy salsa dressing, then you could either use the following ratios instead of only Greek yogurt:

  • ½ cup sour cream and ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup sour cream and ½ cup mayo
  • ½ cup mayo and ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup mayo and ½ cup sour cream

What Ingredients are In The Chick-fil-A Creamy Salsa Dressing?

When I first started making this recipe, I didn’t even realize there was an infamous Chick-fil-A creamy salsa dressing out there! However, when I saw how popular it was, I knew it had to be good for a reason – so this homemade copycat version takes inspiration from there.

The ingredients listed in the Chick-fil-A creamy salsa dressing are listed as: 

Soya Oil, Roasted Tomato Puree, Water, Distilled Vinegar, Egg Yolk, Jalapeno Pepper, Salt, Sugar, Onion (Dehydrated), Spice, Garlic (Dehydrated), Cilantro, Green Bell Pepper (Dehydrated), Lime Juice Concentrate, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (preservatives), Red Bell Pepper (Dehydrated), Propylene Glycol Alginate, Acetic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Guanylate, Disodium Inosinate, Calcium Disodium EDTA (to protect flavour).

My creamy salsa dressing recipe picks out some of the key components – tomato, salt, cumin, garlic, spices, lime juice, paprika, cilantro – but without the additives.

The presence of egg yolk in the original recipe would suggest that mayonnaise is used as a base, hence why I listed suggestions for mayonnaise and sour cream substitutions if you prefer.

What To Serve Your Creamy Salsa Dressing With

I love this creamy salsa dressing served over my baked tofu burrito bowl. Heaven! This recipe would also be amazing with these crispy mexican potatoes, in black bean burritos, taco bowls, and with vegetarian fajitas.

Storing

Any leftover creamy salsa dressing will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container or jar for up to three days.

If the dressing has separated slightly in this time, give it a stir and it should be ok to use.

FAQs

Is this recipe suitable for vegans?

This recipe uses Greek yogurt, which is not suitable for vegetarians. However, you could substitute the Greek yogurt with a vegan yogurt alternative, or with vegan mayonnaise.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

Yes, this recipe should be gluten-free without any necessary changes.

Is this creamy salsa dressing spicy?

How spicy your salsa dressing is will depend on which type of salsa you use. If you want more spice, you could add a tablespoon or two of hot sauce to your dressing.

If you want less spice, make sure you choose a mild salsa – like a pico de gallo, for example.

overhead shot of a creamy salsa dressing in a blue bowl

Creamy Salsa Dressing

Yield: 1.5 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ready in just 5 minutes with 10 simple ingredients, this creamy salsa dressing is amazing for burritos, taco bowls, and more.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Greek yoghurt
  • ½ cup salsa
  • 1 lime, juice, or 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 20g cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 0.5 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder

Instructions

  1. To make this recipe, simply add all of your ingredients to a blender and blitz until smooth and creamy!
  2. Taste the dressing and adjust any ingredients to suit your preferences.

Notes

Take care not to overblend your salsa dressing - when using Greek yogurt as a base, I find that the dressing can turn too liquid-y quickly if you blend it for a long time. A few quick bursts should be enough to bring everything together!

If you want a spicier version of this recipe, you could add a tablespoon of jalapenos or 2 tbsp hot sauce.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 78Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 1155mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 5g

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