Salsa Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Dressing on lettuce with turkey

If you want a healthy salad dressing here’s a quick one to make, a salsa vinaigrette. The flavors remind me of late summer when tomatoes are plentiful…a nice memory since we are in the throws of winter. Making salad dressing is easy and it allows you to cut out the preservatives and salt that commercially made dressings include. This dressing is thick and can even be used as a sauce on chicken or fish!

I use fresh salsa that is found in the refrigerator case, not the jar variety. I could just eat this type of salsa with a spoon  since the tomatoes and peppers are fresh and not cooked. It is like a salad in a container! I’d rather have the salsa and not the chips. You can also use home made salsa dressing.  Be sure you pick your favorite level of heat…I like medium for this dressing.

Fresh salsa from the refrigerator case...or use homemade salsa

One important note, the recipe calls for cider vinegar and I’ve found that not all vinegar labeled as cider vinegar is made from apple cider. So read the label on the vinegar to make sure it isn’t a white vinegar with apple juice added. An excellent cider, although expensive, is Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. It has an excellent taste.

Recipe: Salsa Vinaigrette


  • 1 cup fresh salsa
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika


  1. Option 1 – for a thick dressing this is the version I made
  2. Drain liquid from the salsa and make sure you have 1 cup of packed salsa.
  3. Place the liquid ingredients in food processor or use an immersion blender.
  4. Blend ingredients then add pepper and paprika and bland until smooth.
  1. Option 2 – for a chunky dressing
  2. Mix apple cider and olive oil and pepper with a whisk or immersion blender.
  3. Add salsa and mix with whisk.
  4. Whisk in paprika.

Diet (other): Reduced fat, Gluten free, Raw

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I use an immersion blender to blend the dressing

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2 Responses to Salsa Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

  1. Love the sound of this!

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