If you love the salads at Chipotle, then you’re really going to love how easy it is to make them at home! Just whip up this copycat version of their Chipotle Vinaigrette dressing & toss it on your favorite Chipotle Style salad, like this Chipotle Copycat Veggie Fajita Salad!
It’s easy to make this homemade vinaigrette dressing in just 5 minutes and you can store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks! This salad dressing is made with honey, which can easily be substituted with agave syrup to make the recipe vegan. It’s healthy, gluten free and incredibly flavorful! I guarantee you’re going to love it!
One of the main reasons I go to Chipotle is for their chipotle salad dressing. Whether I’m eating a salad or bowl, I always ask for two sides of this delicious Chipotle Vinaigrette!
It’s full of flavor and made with less than 10 ingredients! Each ingredient adds so much flavor, to create the perfect vinaigrette dressing for any Mexican style salad!
What’s in Chipotle’s Vinaigrette dressing?
- Chipotle Peppers – given the name of the salad dressing, this ingredient should be of no surprise! When making this salad dressing at home, you’ll want to purchase a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. These can be found in the Hispanic section of your local grocery store.
- Honey – the honey adds a delicious sweetness to this salad dressing, but can easily be replaced with agave syrup to make a vegan vinaigrette!
- Rice Bran Oil – while this is what Chipotle uses to make their vinaigrette, I use extra virgin olive oil in this recipe. It’s easier to find and something almost everyone already has in their pantry! The nutrition profiles of both oils are very similar. Feel free to use either one in this recipe.
- Red Wine Vinegar
- Black Pepper
How to make Chipotle Vinaigrette
It only takes two simple steps to make this Chipotle copycat honey vinaigrette at home!
- Add red wine vinegar, honey, water, olive oil, oregano, salt, pepper, cumin, chipotle peppers and garlic cloves to a food processor or blender.
- Blend until smooth.
Store any leftover dressing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Is Chipotle Vinaigrette Keto friendly?
As is, the vinaigrette is not keto friendly because of the honey used in the recipe. If you’d like to make this recipe keto friendly, try substituting the honey with this Low Calorie Agave Sweetener.
This sweetener combines agave with stevia and monk fruit. It will take this chipotle vinaigrette down from 5 carbs per ounce to just 1 carb per ounce, making it perfect for those on a keto diet!
It will also make this vinaigrette dressing vegan-friendly and reduce the calories. Using this low calorie agave sweetener instead of honey will reduce the calories per ounce by 13.
How to Use Chipotle Vinaigrette In Recipes
This chipotle vinaigrette dressing is perfect for salads, but it can be used in so many things! Here are a few ideas to get you started!
- Toss it with this Chipotle Copycat Fajita Salad (pictured above). This salad was the original inspiration for creating this vinaigrette dressing. It’s so flavorful and you’ll feel like you’re eating at Chipotle, but in the comfort of your own home!
- Use it as a chicken marinade. Marinate one pound of chicken in 1/4 cup of chipotle vinaigrette dressing for one hour. Grill the chicken and add it to your favorite salad or bowl! Try it as a marinade in this Chipotle Chicken Zoodle Bowl recipe!
- Use it as a healthy coleslaw dressing. Instead of tossing coleslaw with a creamy, mayonnaise based dressing, try tossing it with this chipotle vinaigrette. Serve the slaw on your favorite shrimp or fish tacos, or taco bowls!
Looking for more delicious salad dressing recipes? Try these 5 favorites!
- Lemon Tahini Dressing
- Miso Vinaigrette
- Sweet Sesame Sauce
- Creamy Cilantro Lime Avocado Dressing
- Vegan Poblano Cashew Ranch Dressing
- 6 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp water
- ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil or rice bran oil
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- 2 garlic cloves chopped
- Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
- Use agave syrup instead of honey to make this recipe vegan.
- Try this Low Calorie Agave Sweetener instead of honey to make the recipe keto-friendly and reduce the carbs down to 1 carb per ounce.
- Leftover dressing can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.