Creamy Salsa Salad Dressing for Taco Salad

How to Make Taco Salad Dressing with Sour Cream, Mayo, and Salsa

A lusciously creamy salsa dressing for taco salad or a Mexican-inspired salad! Smooth, satisfying, flavorful, and oh-so-simple to prepare. Drizzle it onto a homemade vegetarian taco salad or use it as a sauce on your favorite tacos! Learn how to make taco salad dressing with salsa, sour cream, and mayo in just 5 minutes.

Creamy Salsa Dressing for Taco Salad

This salsa salad dressing combines a few of my favorite taco filling ingredients into one delicious dressing. The creamy, tangy goodness of sour cream, the refreshing acidity of salsa, a bright hint of lime, and an optional dash of jalapeño for a zesty kick. The perfect homemade salad dressing for taco salad – or any salad that you enjoy!

I love that this creamy Mexican dressing is so simple to prepare and easy to store in the fridge. Just blend your ingredients until smooth, then transfer to a jar. Best of all, a nutritious salad is truly satisfying and enjoyable to me when I serve it with this creamy taco salad dressing recipe. A rich and savory way to add some joy to my meal!

Creamy Salsa Salad Dressing
Creamy Taco Salad Dressing

What are the types of salad dressing?

In simplest terms, there are essentially 2 main types of salad dressing in Western culture.

  • Vinaigrette: Typically, a mixture of oil and vinegar, sometimes flavored with spices or herbs. (Like my Italian salad dressing recipe.)
  • Creamy: Dressings with a creamy base ingredient like mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, milk, yogurt, or a combination of these. (Like ranch dressing or my white cheddar salad dressing.)

Can salsa be used as salad dressing?

Yes, you could absolutely use salsa as a salad dressing all on its own! It’s simple, flavorful, and has a satisfying acidity—as many salad dressings do. Of course, salsa would be an ideal dressing for a homemade taco salad. Or instead, you can take a few extra minutes to blend your salsa with sour cream, mayo, and spices to make this creamy salsa salad dressing!

Homemade Taco Salad Dressing Recipe

Creamy Salsa Dressing Ingredients

  • Sour Cream. This is an essential, creamy base ingredient—particularly if you’re using this as a taco salad dressing recipe! I love sour cream on my tacos, and I love this sour cream salsa dressing on a taco salad. If desired, use a vegan sour cream instead.
  • Mayonnaise. In combination with the sour cream, mayo makes this salad dressing lusciously thick and satisfying! Use your favorite store-bought mayo, or try my homemade avocado oil mayo recipe. Again, use a vegan mayonnaise to maket his  a vegan salad dressing.
  • Salsa. Use whatever salsa you enjoy—smooth or chunky; mild, medium, or spicy. Personally, I used a store-bought salsa for convenience. Or, you can whip up a quick and easy homemade salsa instead!
  • Cumin. A simple yet satisfying seasoning that adds some savory, Mexican flair. Feel free to omit it, or substitute with chili powder for a zestier kick.
  • Lime Juice & Zest. The bright, refreshing hint of citrus ties all of these taco-inspired flavors together! And, some citrus can help this healthy salsa dressing to last a bit longer stored in the fridge. If you don’t have lime, you could use lemon instead.
  • Jalapeño. This is optional, but highly recommended for those who enjoy a bit of a spicy kick in their salad dressing!
Add all salad dressing ingredients to a food processor or blender.
Add all salad dressing ingredients to a food processor or blender.
Creamy Mexican Dressing
Blend until smooth.
Drizzle dressing onto taco salad.
Drizzle dressing onto taco salad.

How to Make Creamy Taco Salad Dressing at Home

To make this homemade taco salad dressing, simply add all ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. That’s literally it! In less than 5 minutes, you’ve got a creamy salsa salad dressing ready to drizzle onto your favorite salad. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Creamy Salsa Dressing for Taco Salad

Other salad dressing recipes:

For more healthy salad dressing inspiration, try some of my other homemade dressings:

See how to make this creamy taco salad dressing in my Vegan Jackfruit Tacos + Taco Salad video!

Creamy Salsa Dressing for Taco Salad

Creamy Salsa Dressing

A lusciously creamy salsa dressing for taco salad or a Mexican salad! How to make taco salad dressing with salsa, sour cream, and mayo—with the option to add jalapeño for a zesty kick.
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayo
  • cup salsa
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • ½ tsp lime zest
  • 1 tsp jalapeño, chopped & seeded, (optional)

Instructions 

  • Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
  • Serve over taco salad immediately, or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
  • Yields 1½ cups salsa dressing.
Serving: 0.25cup, Calories: 111kcal, Carbohydrates: 1.5g, Protein: 0.5g, Fat: 10.5g, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 1g
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