Posted by: Andi Angel | August 6, 2015

Vegan Smoky Southwest Mayo Dressing

The recipe below is pretty closely based on this Subway Chipotle Southwest Sauce Copycat Recipe by Todd Wilbur, author of “Top Secret Recipes Unlocked”.

I used vegan mayo instead of regular, fresh-squeezed lemon juice instead of lime juice, ACV instead of white vinegar, hot chili powder and liquid smoke instead of chipotle powder, light salt in place of regular, stevia instead of sugar, powdered thyme instead of regular dried, and as much cumin as would fit between my thumb and forefinger.


1/2 cup vegenaise
2 teaspoons lemon juice (about one small lemon, 1.5″ diameter)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon water
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground hot chili powder
1/4 teaspoon “light” salt (half potassium chloride, half sodium chloride)
1/4 teaspoon stevia powder
(huge) pinch ground cumin
pinch ground thyme
2-3 drops liquid smoke


  • Place all ingredients in a small bowl or jar.
  • Mix well.
  • Chill for at least an hour, or better yet, overnight for best flavor melding.

Options and ideas:

  • Add 1 teaspoon minced fresh cilantro.
  • For less mayonnaise flavor, sub part or all of the vegenaise with sour cream or vegan sour cream.
  • For chipotle flavor, sub chipotle powder for the chili powder and omit the liquid smoke.
  • Vegenaise and mayo can vary in consistency, so if you’re starting with some that’s more thin and loose, you may want to hold off on the water and wait until the end to add it for better control over the consistency.
  • Use on burgers, wraps, sandwiches (grilled or cold), or as a dip for veggies or chips.
  • If you’re not too concerned with keeping it strict vegan, you can use honey to sweeten it, or regular mayo or Miracle Whip.
  • Depending on your tastes, this recipe may tolerate a full teaspoon of chili powder and an extra teaspoon or two of the lemon juice. The salt may be reduced, or even omitted.

Feel free to tweak it to your tastes – and be sure to share in the comments what you did, and how it worked out for you!


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