You'll find this Cajun Salad Dressing to be creamy, as spicy as you like, and easy to make. It's perfect for any meal that has big, bold flavors!
We love our Cajun and Creole foods and have a whole category of them for you to browse through. It just made sense that we add a salad dressing to the collection.
With that said, this salad dressing is absolute perfection to top a salad that goes with other cuisines, too. It's just great with any meal that features hearty seasonings. Good examples are barbecue pork or something with Mexican inspired flavors like these Low Carb Enchiladas.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Buttermilk - full fat naturally makes a richer, creamier dressing but low fat is fine too.
- Mayonnaise - Like in our Creamy Gorgonzola Dressing and Dill Pickle Ranch, we recommend one of our two favorites (both southern made, of course) - Dukes or Blue Plate.
- Cajun/Creole Seasoning - y'all know by now our go-to is Tony Chachere's original.
- Dried Oregano
- Smoked Paprika - we use this spice a lot! Grilled Blackened Chicken, Spicy Chicken Pasta, and Cajun Steak Bites wouldn't be the same without it.
- Lemon Juice - fresh is always best, but bottled juice can be used in a pinch.
- Cayenne Pepper - totally optional but it adds flavor and kick!
- Garlic - again, fresh is best.
- Black pepper - freshly ground is always divine.
- Salt - only added if you use a low salt or no salt Cajun or Creole seasoning.
See recipe card for quantities.
How to make it:
This could not be easier! You will just add all of the ingredients to a bowl and whisk until well blended.
Alternatively you can put all of your ingredients in a jar with a tightly fitting lid and shake until well blended.
Tips and Tricks
- Make your salad dressing at least a couple of hours ahead of time if you can. Giving those wonderful spices time to "get cozy" with each other will have big benefits in the flavor department.
- As mentioned above, fresh ingredients like garlic, black pepper that you crack yourself and freshly squeezed lemon juice will give you top quality dressing.
Items you may need:
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- A whisk is perfect for blending ingredients like the mayo and buttermilk in this recipe. This is a set with a variety of sizes - so handy to have in the kitchen!
- Y'all have seen us use this citrus juicing tool dozens of times. It's an absolute favorite!
- A cruet for your Cajun Salad Dressing is fun to have.
Storing your salad dressing
Keep it in a tightly covered container in the fridge for up to about 5 days. While it will probably not go bad in longer, the flavors may become stronger.
We would not recommend freezing this recipe.
Cajun Salad Dressing
- ⅓ cup Buttermilk
- ⅔ cup mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons Cajun/Creole Seasoning we recommend Tony Chachere's Original
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper freshly ground if possible
- 1 clove garlic minced
- ½ teaspoon salt if needed due to low-salt or no-salt Cajun seasoning
- Mix all ingredients in bowl and stir with whisk until well blended.
- Chill until time to serve.
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice is best, but bottled can be substituted
- We recommend Blue Plate or Duke's Mayonnaise
- Salt is added only if low-salt or no-salt Cajun/Creole Seasoning is used.
- Dressing ingredients can be placed in a jar with tightly fitting lid and shaken until well blended.
- A minimum of two hours chilling time before serving is recommended.