Incredible Apple Chipotle Vinaigrette

LAST UPDATED: Oct 04, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Dec 29, 2014 | By: Julie Blanner

An incredible Apple Chipotle Vinaigrette that’s loaded with flavor to spice up your salads, burrito bowls, wraps, chicken, salmon and more! You can make your own Chipotle Salad Dressing in just a couple minutes! This easy Chipotle Vinaigrette recipe has a spicy apple twist you’re going to crave again and again.

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We don’t tend to dine at a lot of chains, however, one restaurant I can’t get enough of is Chevy’s. Chris and I used to frequent Chevy’s in Columbia, but not long after we moved, it closed. There also weren’t any in Kansas City. I was delighted when we moved to St. Louis and found a handful of them. What’s so great about Chevy’s? Their Apple Chipotle Vinaigrette. Seriously amazing.

My mom would be beyond surprised to hear that I crave salad now. This Chipotle Vinaigrette recipe is fresh and slightly sweet – with a kick. With the nearest Chevy’s 25 minutes away and at the request of my sister, I created a copycat recipe for Chevy’s Apple Chipotle Vinaigrette to satisfy any last-minute cravings.

You can whip up this incredible, flavorful Chipotle Salad Dressing in just a couple minutes.

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Apple Chipotle Vinaigrette Ingredients

  • Rosemary – Savory and super aromatic, a little fresh rosemary goes a long way. Just make sure to remove the leaves from the stem before placing in your food processor.
  • Apples – One of the main ingredients that makes this a sweet and savory Chipotle salad dressing. I prefer a sweeter apple variety to balance out the spice, such as Honeycrisp or Gala, but feel free to use your favorite variety.
  • Jalapeño – This adds the spice factor. I like my apple chipotle vinaigrette on the mild side, so I remove the seeds and ribs. If you want a spicier salad dressing, simply add half or all of the seeds and ribs. A little hint – if you wind up making a vinaigrette that is just too spicy, a squeeze of honey will help mellow it down.
  • Garlic – Another savory aromatic that just makes this homemade salad dressing taste, well, homemade. Raw garlic is strong, so a mere teaspoon of minced is all you need. If you’re in a pinch and don’t have minced garlic, you can substitute with 1 tsp garlic powder instead.
  • Adobo Peppers – Buy a small can of Chipotle in Adobo Sauce in the Global section of your supermarket. Since you only need 2 peppers for this recipe, simply place the remainder of the can in a freezer-safe plastic storage bag, seal, label, and store flat in your freezer for up to 1 month. The next time you need canned Chipotle peppers, simply break off about one tablespoon worth and add it to your recipe.
  • Sugar – Another touch of sweetness to balance out the spice. Honey or agave can also be substituted.
  • Black Pepper – Just a few cracks of fresh black pepper goes a long way. Purchase a small peppermill and whole black peppercorns for the best flavor.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – This rides home the apple flavor. And provides the acidity we need for a salad dressing recipe.
  • Olive Oil – Use your favorite Extra Virgin Olive Oil. We want the fruitiest and freshest olive oil for the best homemade Chipotle vinaigrette recipe.

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How to Make Apple Chipotle Vinaigrette

  1. Combine rosemary, sliced apples, jalapeño, garlic, Adobo peppers, sugar and a few cracks of pepper.
  2. Puree in a food processor.
  3. Add vinegar and olive oil. Blend until combined.

It’s easiest to make Chipotle Salad Dressing in a food processor, but you can make it in a blender as well. If you don’t have either, finely chop and shake all ingredients.

How To Serve The Best Apple Chipotle Vinaigrette

This Chipotle salad dressing is so flavorful that you can use it on lettuce alone, but we love to toss it with grilled corn or my incredible Chipotle Corn Salsa Recipe, cheese, and grilled chicken.

You can also add it to simple black beans and rice or use it as a dipping sauce for tortilla chips or fresh veggies.

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How To Store Chipotle Salad Dressing

I absolutely love these beautiful salad dressing bottles. These are a great option, too!

How Long Does Chipotle Vinaigrette Last?

This easy Chipotle vinaigrette can be stored for up to a week in an airtight container, making fresh lunches a breeze!

This Chipotle Dressing is incredible on salads, burrito bowls, Chicken Wraps, to marinate Baked Chicken Breast, salmon and more. The options are truly endless!

This Apple Chipotle vinaigrette recipe is so quick and easy, it’ll add that special touch of sweet and spice you’ve been looking for!

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apple chipotle vinaigrette recipe in glass bottle with salad on white plate

Incredible Apple Chipotle Vinaigrette

An incredible Apple Chipotle Vinaigrette recipe that's loaded with flavor and a spicy apple twist. Use this Chipotle salad dressing to spice up any dish!
5 from 11 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings (hover to scale): 6
Calories: 215kcal


  • 1 sprig rosemary removed from the stem
  • 2 apples peeled, cored & cubed
  • 1 small jalapeño seeded & sliced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 adobo peppers rinsed {canned}
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • black pepper
  • 1/2 c apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 c olive oil


  • In a food processor, combine rosemary, apples, jalapeño, garlic, peppers, sugar and a few cracks of pepper. Puree.
  • Add vinegar and olive oil. Blend until combined.
  • Toss with greens or refrigerate until serving.


If you're in a pinch and don't have minced garlic, you can substitute with 1 tsp garlic powder.
Substitute sugar with an equal amount of honey or agave for a subtly sweet flavor.


Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 308IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
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