Easy Salsa Dressing ♥

Great salsa flavor, no chopping requiredSo yes, we could chop tomato and onion and peppers and then spice to taste. Or we could just make a great salad dressing from a jar of salsa!

And did I mention that I'm loving Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless? One more reason is that it includes sooo many recipes for unusual salad dressings. Some are a little more complicated. Others, like this, are no brainers.

NUTRITION NOTES I 'watered' the dressing a bit to create no-calorie volume and reduced the oil. So each tablespoon of dressing has zero points -- though 2 tablespoons does add up to a point. It was so easy and tastes great.

FROM THE ARCHIVES Check the Recipe Box for salad dressing recipes.

TWO YEARS AGO I was on vacation but featured a 2003 Kitchen Parade that just happens -- how lucky is this? -- three favorite salad dressings!

Kalyn's Kitchen ... South west Chicken Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing
The Savory Notebook ... Mexican Chicken Salad with Chipotle Salsa Dressing


Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Time to table: 10 minutes
Makes 1 1/2 cups

1/2 cup good salsa
Zest & juice of a lime (about 2 tablespoons)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup water (this was my addition, to create more volume without calories)
Salt to taste

Oil to taste -- Rick Bayless uses 3/4 cup, I used 1/2 cup

Mix all the ingredients in the blender except the oil. Then drizzle oil while processor is running - this creates a lighter dressing with more volume.

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Good salsa from a jar is a great jump-start for guacamole, too. Just mix with avocado, add a bit of lime juice to fresh the taste, and voila! I always keep some good salsa in the pantry. Trader Joe's has a wonderful selection, if you're lucky enough to live near one of their stores.

Aii, Lydia, thanks for that tip!

Sounds good! What kind of salsa do y ou like? I'm pretty faithful to Pace Picante Sauce. For some reason their combination of spices tastes about right to me.

Kalyn ~ Dare I admit I'm not a particular connoisseur of salsa? I only buy it rarely, then usually with more regard to price than brand. This particular bottle, however, happens to be from Hacienda (for St. Louisans, in Rock Hill), a favorite Mexican restaurant quite close by that has a great following among patio-prone party people!

I like this idea! I might be inclined to chop a tomato and a fruit (apple or pear) would extend it without too much chopping. Also like Lydia's adding salsa to avocado!

Wow, that is really easy. I'll have to give it a whirl.

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