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Jalapeño Ranch Salad Dressing

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Looking for a new and exciting salad dressing? Try this Jalapeño Ranch Salad Dressing. It’s a refreshing change to your normal salad dressing choices, and everyone loves it!

Spicy Jalapeño Ranch Dressing in a jar with a jalapeño slice on top.

This spicy ranch dressing is a variation of the classic ranch dressing studded with chopped jalapeños and spiked with the juice of the pickled jalepeños, to give your salads a refreshing punch.

A spoon in a jar of jalapeño ranch dressing.

Need a Mild Version?

Now if you DON’T like it spicy you can ALWAYS add tame jalapeños, we love the Mezzetta Brand. They’ve got all the flavor of the pepper with NONE of the heat.

Mixing jalapeños into the ranch dressing.

I usually use these because we have people in our house who don’t love the heat. I also make those same people mild sriracha again the flavor is there but the heat is non-existent.

BUT you can ALSO make this with regular pickled jalapeños OR even the hottest jalapeños you can find. Just make it to the spice level you like.

Chopped jalapeños mixed into ranch dressing.

When to use Jalapeño Ranch Salad Dressing?

ALL THE TIME. Ok, that’s a joke! But you can use it on ANY salad you love. Try my Club Sandwich Salad, or this Cobb Salad, Crispy Buffalo Chicken Salad, or even on my Wendy’s Jalapeño Popper Salad. It’s good on any salad that needs a creamy dressing.

A spoonful of spicy ranch dressing.

Or dip these Air Fryer Chicken Tenders in it!

Ingredients for Jalapeño Ranch Dressing.

What do I need to Make This Jalapeño Ranch Dressing?

  • mayonaisse
  • sour cream OR yogurt
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • dry dill weed
  • dry parsley
  • buttermilk, or milk with vinegar to make sour milk, OR you can just use milk
  • pickled jalapeños, mild, regular, or hot
  • juice from the pickled jalapeños

One of the best things about this spicy ranch dressing is that you don’t need ANY fresh herbs. Everything besides the fresh ingredients like mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, are things you can keep right in the pantry for easy salad dressing making.

A fresh jar of jalapeño ranch dressing.

My problem with fresh herbs is that I never use them all. In fact, typically I buy fresh herbs, use them once and let them rot. Please let me know I’m not the only one!

Yield: 1 1/4 cup

Jalapeño Ranch Salad Dressing

Spicy Jalapeño Ranch Dressing in a jar with a jalapeño slice on top.

This spicy refreshing twist on the classic ranch dressing is sure to be a hit with family and friends!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1//2 cup sour cream or greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped pickled jalapeños, reserve the juice
  • 1-2 teaspoons juice from the canned jalapeños
  • 1/4-1/2 cup buttermilk, or milk, to taste


  1. mix the mayonnaise and sour cream or yogurt
  2. add the onion powder, garlic powder, dill weed, parsley, salt, and pepper, stir well
  3. add the jalapeños and the juice, stir to combine
  4. whisk in just enough milk or buttermilk to make the dressing as thin or thick as you like
  5. chill one-two hours or until the flavors have come together
  6. taste the dressing, add more of anything you like, thin down more if needed

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 180Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 19mgSodium 352mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 0gSugar 8gProtein 5g

This nutrition information was calculated using a computer program, results may vary.

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