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Honey Chipotle Salad Dressing

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This Honey Chipotle Salad Dressing is inspired by the famous burrito chain itself, and is full of irresistibly delicious sweet and savory and smoky flavors. Perfect for salads, marinades, roasted veggies, tacos and more!

The BEST Honey Chipotle Salad Dressing recipe!!! It's quick and easy to make in the blender, and it's full of zesty ingredients from chipotles in adobo to lime juice to sweet honey and more. Perfect for salads, or used as a marinade for chicken or vegetables, and more! | (Vegetarian / Gluten-Free)

So…apparently you all really love the famous salad dressing at Chipotle. ?

It’s easily been our most-requested salad dressing here, and one that I’ve ordered countless times myself with a big salad at the famous burrito chain. And I’m right there with you — that dressing is amazing!!! I mean, I’m never one to turn down any recipe that includes smokey chipotles and tangy lime juice and sweet honey all paired together. But I agree that they are especially awesome in this dressing. It has a way of bringing together all of those savory ingredients perfectly in a big green Mexican salad.

But I actually love this dressing because it can be used in so many ways beyond salads!

For example, it’s a fantastic marinade or finishing sauce for just about any protein you can imagine, from chicken to salmon to steak to shrimp to pork (hello, easy carnitas!) and more. Plus, it’s also delicious when tossed with fresh or roasted veggies. And it’s my secret ingredient to add to a can of black or pinto beans (maybe along with a splash of beer) for some delicious slow-simmered Mexican beans. And the list goes on!

Clearly, so many delicious reasons to give this one a try. ?

To make this Honey Chipotle Salad Dressing, you’ll need:

  • chipotles in adobo (or you could also sub in chipotle powder in a pinch)
  • oil (I like using avocado oil, but any mild oil like extra-virgin olive oil would work well too)
  • red wine vinegar
  • lime juice
  • honey
  • garlic
  • oregano, cumin, salt and pepper

I usually blend all of the ingredients for this recipe together in a blender or food processor. But if you don’t mind mincing up your chipotles in adobo and garlic by hand, you can just as easily whisk it all together by hand in a bowl. Give it a taste and feel free to add in extra chipotles if you’d like a smokier vinaigrette, and/or more honey if you’d like it sweeter, and/or some extra water if you’d like to thin it out a bit.

As mentioned above, I recommend using this dressing:

  • tossed in any Mexi-inspired green salads
  • as a marinade or finishing sauce for any proteins (such as chicken, beef, pork, fish, shrimp, tofu, etc.)
  • as a sauce tossed with roasted veggies or kabobs
  • drizzled onto tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, etc.
  • slow-simmered with a can of beans on the stove
  • stirred into pico de gallo

Thanks for the inspiration, Chipotle, and hope you all enjoy this one!

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Honey Chipotle Salad Dressing

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 0 About 1.5 cups 1x


This Honey Chipotle Salad Dressing is inspired by the famous burrito chain itself, and is full of irresistibly delicious sweet and savory and smoky flavors.  Perfect for salads, marinades, roasted veggies, tacos and more!


  • 3/4 cups extra-virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 12 chipotles in adobo, plus an extra teaspoon of the adobo sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor, and puree until smooth.  Taste, and add extra honey if you’d like a sweeter dressing.
  2. Use immediately, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 1 week.


*The top photo in this post features a double batch of this recipe.

Inspired by the delicious dressing at Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Be sure to also check out my other favorite salad dressings!

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8 comments on “Honey Chipotle Salad Dressing”

  1. I would have to taste the original dressing and decide I like it a lot before I would ever again buy chipotles in adobo sauce. I just don’t like the adobo. So I’m glad you mentioned using chipotle powder – that’s something I keep in my spice cabinet.

  2. Oh wow, this was absolutely delicious! I’m doing Weight Watchers so am always on the lookout for healthy recipes, and I’m so excited to share this with my group next week. I put it on a salad of grilled chicken, spinach, green onions and asparagus tonight. Can’t wait to try it on other salads or on some of your suggestions above. Thanks from one KC girl to another! :)

  3. This salad/food dressing is absolutely delicious, I love it when I go to Chipolte and love it more now that I can make it at home. Thank you so very much!!!!!

  4. This was really good and really close to the taste of Chipotle’s dressing. Just remember to make it in advance so the flavors blend and then I think it will be spot on. Yum.

  5. Hi!

    How much adobo powder would you recommend in place of the sauce?


  6. Made this dressing for the first time tonight. Absolutely loved it! This is a keeper.

  7. This is the best that I have tried!! It’s delicious.

  8. Thanks. I love it. Now I don’t have to drive 30 miles to get my fix. ;)