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Brilliant Guajillo Chile Salad Dressing

Tart and spicy, honey sweet and just a little bit smoky, this vivid orange-red guajillo chile dressing gives brilliant zing to salads. Paired with a rainbow of dark green arugula, white jicama and carrot matchsticks, and thin-sliced purple cabbage—we’re talking bling. Zing.

Guajillo Chile Dressing

This bright red orange dressing is a simple blend of easy-to-find guajillo chiles with honey, key limes, tequila and olive oil!

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Guajillo (gwah-HEE-yoh) chiles have a tapered shape and reddish-brown color and mild tart flavor. You can easily find them in see-through bags in your supermarket Mexican aisle.

Guajillo Chile Dressing ingredients

Last week we flew over to San Miguel de Allende, the historic colonial city about 4 hours north of Mexico City. At a pretty patio restaurant, I ordered a goat cheese salad with the spicy red guajillo salad dressing that inspired this recipe. We like this version much better than the original!

San Miguel de Allende--Guajillo Chile Dressing

San Miguel de Allende--Guajillo Chile Dressing

Back in Los Barriles, I’ve been busy in our little trailer kitchen. Besides blending up this guajillo chile salad dressing, I pressure-cooked brothy black beans for soup and tacos and made granola with agave and coconut oil and lots of nuts. (Roasting granola in a one-rack trailer oven eats up more time than a slow-loading Internet connection.)

After that I char-roasted poblano chiles for chiles rellenos, whipped up a batch of green salsa, and steeped hibiscus flowers for pink margaritas. Talk about a pile of dirty dishes!

Guajillo Chile Dressing

 Arugula, carrots, jicama, red cabbage for Guajillo Chile Dressing

To cut the skinny matchstick-looking carrots and jicama, slice them 1/8-inch thick. (A hand-held mandolin slicer is the perfect too.) Stacked about 5 slices high, the sliced vegetables are easy to cut into julienne strips.

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2 comments

  • Justamom

    My son gave me this link. They grew tired of salad till they foun your recipe. I plan to search for exact ingredients on my next trip to grocery store. Thanks for the substitutions. Small cities don’t have access to a lot of recipe ingredients for today’s recipes. Reply · 24 February, 2019

    • Yay! Thank you! Here’s to everyone loving salads with fun new dressings! Reply · 26 February, 2019

5 from 1 vote (1 rating without comment)

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