Copycat Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette

Last week was salad week here. Every once-in-a-while I go on a one-week long campaign to make salads. Not little ole wimpy salads, but meal-sized salads that dreams are made of. To add a special touch I often make dressings from scratch, like this copycat Chipotle honey vinaigrette. This dressing checked all the boxes. Perfect consistency (very important!). Nice and creamy. A little sweat. And a little heat. Heck, I just realized that my favorite salad dressings are a lot like barbecue sauces! Huh!
Copycat Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette

This copycat Chipotle honey vinaigrette is not only great on salads, it’s also great as a marinade for chicken. Just let chicken breasts (or whatever cuts you prefer) get happy in the dressing for an hour or so, then grill as desired. So make extra vinaigrette and enjoy!

Also try my copycat of Panera’s Strawberry Poppy Seed dressing.

Copycat Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons Grey Poupon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients except for the olive oil into a blender.
  • Blend on low speed. With the blender still running, slowly add the oil.
  • Refrigerate for one hour before serving.

Angry Whopper Sauce

Burger King recently came out with their Angry Whopper. It’s loaded with all darned near everything you can imagine, from jalapenos to onion petals to bacon. And angry sauce. Now, I didn’t set out to make the Angry Whopper at home. I was after the Angry Whopper sauce. And I found it. Wonderfully spicy and creamy, the sauce turns my normal (but fantastic anyway) grilled burger into a delight.
Angry Whopper Sauce

I wouldn’t hesitate to kick up the heat in this angry Whopper sauce. A little more hot sauce and a little more cayenne pepper isn’t gonna hurt anyone, so I say go for it. This is also a great sauce for a cookout. No one wants that old boring ketchup. They want a great burger sauce instead!

Also try my Fire-Eater burger sauce!

Angry Whopper Sauce

Course Burger Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar packed
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Frank's RedHot Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients.

Cheeseburgers in Paradise

Both of the Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurants near us have closed. Thankfully, I picked up a copy of Margaritaville: The Cookbook, so I can make some of my restaurant favorites at home. And that starts with making the signature burger, the Cheeseburger in Paradise.

Delicious old-school burgers with a few twists that make them unique and oh-so-yummy. These burgers are what burgers are supposed to be: moist, seasoned well, and topped with a sauce (and some juices) that drips down your arms with every bite.
Cheeseburgers in ParadiseI do admit that I used slightly less cumin than the original recipe called for. Anita’s not a big fan of cumin. The seasoning was still out-of-this-world fantastic. I always keep some on hand in an air-tight container for those times when I’m throwing some burgers on the griddle, which is often.

You might think that the dressing looks a lot like Thousand Island dressing. The addition of lime really makes it special and different.

Cheeseburgers in Paradise

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 Servings

Ingredients

For the burgers

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef I prefer an 80/20 blend
  • 1 tablespoon house seasoning blend see below
  • 8 slices American cheese
  • 1/2 cup Paradise Island dressing see below
  • 4 buns split, lightly toasted
  • 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 8 large tomato slices
  • Dill pickle slices

For the Margaritaville house seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon or slightly less, to taste cumin

For the Paradise Island dressing

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

For the Margaritaville house seasoning

  • Combine all ingredients. Store any leftovers in an air-tight container.

For the Paradise Island dressing

  • Whisk together all ingredients. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.

For the burgers

  • Divide and shape the beef into 4 equally-sized patties. Season liberally with the house seasoning.
  • Cook as desired. I prefer to cook mine on a griddle over a hot grill, but you can also make them in a skillet.
  • Top each patty with 2 slices of the cheese.
  • Slather the buns with the dressing. Add the lettuce, patty, tomato, pickles and top bun.