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Pickled Jalapeno Cilantro Sauce

  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Sauce, Dressing
  • Cuisine: Southwestern


This Pickled Jalapeno Cilantro Dressing is everything you could ever want in a flavorful Southwestern dressing. Ultra creamy, refreshing, and zesty with a hint of jalapeno heat makes this healthy dressing utterly delicious! A finger lickin’ good sauce for this week’s Whip It Up Wednesday recipe.  Whole Food Plant Based recipe, no oil, no sugar, no highly processed ingredients and gluten free.


  • 1/3 cup raw cashews
  • ¼ cup + 1/8 cup pickled jalapenos *
  • ½ cup cilantro (lightly packed)
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 3 Tablespoons unsweetened plain plant yogurt
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt (+/- to taste) *
  • 1/3 cup water


  1. In a small bowl, cover the raw cashews in boiling water, set aside to soak for 20 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, measure out all your remaining ingredients and set aside.
  3. After 20 minutes, drain the cashews and discard the water, then add the cashews and all the remaining dressing ingredients into a high-speed blender, blend and emulsify until smooth, approximately 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Taste test the dressing and add more seasoning, if needed.


*Pickled Jalapeños: We used Mezzetta Deli-Sliced Tamed Jalapeno Peppers.

*Sea Salt: Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.

*Serving:  Makes approximately 1 cup of dressing.

*Storage: Refrigerate and use within 5 days.