This creamy homemade vegan Chipotle Lime Dressing might just be your new favorite condiment! Spread it on sandwiches instead of mayonnaise, drizzle on tacos as a sauce, and pour it on salads as a dressing. It makes a great vegetable dip, too! This easy recipe is vegan and gluten-free.
I’m a big fan of chipotle mayo. There are a few different vegan brands on the market, and I love them all. But, let’s face it – they’re mostly oil. I don’t follow an oil-free diet, but I can’t justify eating that much oil in one sitting.
I like to make my own creamy chipotle mayo-like dressing using cashews, lime juice, garlic, and chipotles. As long as you remember to soak your cashews, this dressing comes together almost as quickly as opening a jar of pre-made mayo.
This creamy vegan Chipotle Lime Dressing is cashew-based. While it does contain fat, it’s healthy fat and not empty calories like you’ll find in oil-based mayonnaise. Cashews contain fiber, vitamin E, vitamin K, and vitamin B6, as well as copper, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, iron, selenium, and other nutrients.
It couldn’t be easier to make this recipe! You just throw all of the ingredients into a blend and mix until it’s smooth! I like to use my Blendtec‘s Twister Jar, which I find works best with cashew-based sauces, to mix this recipe.
Make sure your cashews aren’t roasted or salted, and you should soak them for a couple of hours before you make the dressing. Some say that it’s not necessary to soak your nuts if you have a high speed blender, but I do anyway, to help them blender easier.
The heat can be adjusted in this recipe. If you’re sensitive to heat, cut back on the amount of adobe sauce you use. If you love spiciness, add a little more than the teaspoon I suggest here.
Storing Your Chipotle Lime Dressing
This dressing will last for about a week in the fridge. It freezes well, so make a double batch and store some in the freezer for the next time you have a hankering for creamy, spicy goodness.
I like to use this Chipotle Lime Dressing on tacos as well as taco salads. It’s great on sandwiches, and it’s a perfect dip for cut veggies. Come back next week for a burrito bowl recipe that pairs perfectly with this spicy sauce.
Creamy Vegan Chipotle Lime Dressing
- ½ cup raw cashews
- 2 ½ tablespoons lime juice
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 chipotle from a can of chipotles in adobo sauce
- 1 teaspoon adobo sauce from a can of chipotles in adobo sauce
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- Mix all of the dressing ingredients together in a high-speed blender and mix until smooth. If the mixture seems to thick, add a little more water, a teaspoon at a time. Keep in mind that it will thicken in the refrigerator. If you like super spicy dressing, add more adobo sauce.