If there’s one thing I can’t get enough of at Chick-fil-A, it’s their salad sauces. Seriously, have you tried them? From the classic Fat-Free Honey Mustard to the fruity and tart Light Balsamic Vinaigrette, Chick-fil-A offers several sauces sure to satisfy any salad craving. I set out on a mission to definitively rank each one from best to worst. So, what salad dressings does Chick-fil-A have?
Chick-fil-A has 7 salad dressings: from a classic but fat-free Honey Mustard, Garden Herb Ranch, Light Balsamic Vinaigrette, and Creamy Salsa, to the extra ones like Avocado Lime Ranch, Zesty Apple Cider Vinaigrette, and Light Italian Dressing.
After many salad sampling sessions, here is the final ranking from a self-proclaimed Chick-fil-A sauce connoisseur. Whether you’re looking to replicate them at home or just need help deciding which packet to grab on your next drive-thru run, this list has you covered.
List of Chick-Fil-A Salad Dressings Ranked
If you’re as obsessed with Chick-fil-A’s salads as I am, you’ve probably wondered if you can get their dressings to recreate those tasty salads at home. The good news is, yes, you can!
Chick-fil-A actually sells most of their salad dressings in bottles so that you can enjoy them anytime. And, with some experimenting, you can recreate most of these at home for a fraction of the cost.
Avocado Lime Ranch
The Avocado Lime Ranch is the absolute winner among Chick-fil-A salad dressings. It has the perfect blend of creamy and tangy flavors. The avocado provides a rich, buttery base, while the lime juice adds a bright pop of acidity. And, of course, no ranch dressing is complete without the distinctive dill and garlic flavors.
The lime juice provides a refreshing citrus kick that balances the avocado’s creaminess, while classic ranch seasonings like dill, garlic, and black pepper give it that familiar herby flavor we all know and love.
This versatile dressing pairs well with so many salads, including Grilled chicken salad, Southwest salad, or simple green salad.
If Chick-fil-A is not in your area or you want to save money by making your own, you can easily replicate this recipe at home. Combine ranch seasoning, avocado, lime juice, olive oil, garlic, and dill until smooth and creamy. Store refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Garden Herb Ranch Dressing
The Garden Herb Ranch dressing is creamy, garlicky, and bursting with fresh herb flavors — this is why it comes second in rank. Made with buttermilk, mayonnaise, and garlic, this ranch is rich and tangy. The garlic adds a punch of flavor without being overpowering.
Chopped dill, chives, parsley, oregano, and thyme provide an aromatic herbal kick. The blend of herbs is spot on — no single flavor dominates.
I like to douse my Southwest salad with this ranch. The cool, creamy dressing pairs perfectly with spicy chili-rubbed grilled chicken, black beans, corn, and avocado. It also works excellently as a dip for waffle fries or chicken tenders.
With buttermilk, mayonnaise, fresh herbs, and a blend of spices, you can whip up a pretty close dupe at home by yourself. Make the dressing the same day you plan to eat it for the freshest taste because the herbs and garlic flavors will start to diminish over time. You can also substitute Greek yogurt for some or all of the mayonnaise for a lighter version.
Zesty Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Coming at third place, the Zesty Apple Cider Vinaigrette has the perfect blend of sweet and tangy flavors that complement their salads so well.
When I first tried this vinaigrette, I was instantly hit with the aroma of apples, pineapple, and lemon juice concentrates. The initial taste is a punch of tartness from the apple cider vinegar, followed quickly by the sweetness of honey and apples. It’s a perfect balance of flavors that awakens your taste buds.
This dressing pairs best with Chick-fil-A’s Harvest Chicken Salad — the salad’s grilled chicken, apples, blue cheese, and pecans are enhanced by the apple and honey notes in the vinaigrette. You really can’t go wrong with matching fruit flavors. However, this versatile dressing would also be delicious on a simple green salad with berries and nuts or even over a spinach salad with bacon and a hard-boiled egg.
If you want to recreate this vinaigrette at home, combine three parts extra virgin olive oil, two parts apple cider vinegar, 1 part honey, and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Whisk until well combined and emulsified. You can adjust the amounts to your taste, adding more honey for extra sweetness or more vinegar for added tanginess.
Creamy Salsa Dressing
Fourth in line, Creamy Salsa has just the right amount of kick to keep things exciting but not too spicy for my taste buds. The creamy base helps balance the salsa flavor with a cool, rich texture.
The main ingredients are soybean oil, vinegar, tomato paste, jalapeño peppers, cilantro, lime juice, and spices. Chick-fil-A’s creamy salsa dressing has a tangy, zesty flavor from the lime juice and tomatoes, with a slight heat from the jalapeños. The mayonnaise and buttermilk provide a smooth, creamy base.
I like to use Creamy Salsa on Chick-fil-A’s Spicy Southwest Salad. The blend of romaine lettuce, black beans, corn, peppers, and chili lime pepitas pair perfectly with the salsa-infused dressing. You really can’t go wrong with this flavor combination.
To recreate this one at home: first combine vinegar, soybean oil, diced tomatoes, minced jalapeño or green chiles, fresh lime juice, chopped cilantro, garlic, and chili powder. Blend everything together until smooth and creamy, and season with salt and pepper to taste. For an extra kick, add some hot sauce like Cholula or Tapatio — delicious!
Light Balsamic Vinaigrette
The Light Balsamic Vinaigrette has a lovely tangy, vinegar-forward kick from the balsamic vinegar, but a subtle sweetness balances it out. The ingredients are simple – just olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sugar, salt, and black pepper. You really can’t go wrong.
I like to use this dressing on lighter salads with spring mix, spinach, or arugula as the base. It pairs incredibly well with salads that contain fresh berries, nuts, and grilled chicken. The sweet and savory elements complement each other nicely. You could also add feta or goat cheese for a bit of creaminess.
If you want to recreate this dressing at home, simply whisk together three parts of olive oil, two parts of balsamic vinegar, one tablespoon of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper. Taste and adjust the amounts to your liking.
Light Italian Dressing
The Light Italian Dressing boasts the perfect blend of herbs, spices, and citrus flavors that complement most salads.
Its tangy, zesty taste pairs well with Chick-fil-A’s signature lettuce blend, shredded carrots, cabbage, and cheese. The combination of olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano, basil, rosemary, and lemon juice gives it an authentic Italian vibe without being too heavy.
If you want to recreate the Light Italian at home, combine three parts olive oil, two parts red wine vinegar, the juice from half a lemon, dried or fresh oregano, basil, rosemary, garlic, salt, and pepper. Whisk everything together thoroughly and chill before drizzling it over your favorite salad. You really can’t go wrong with this simple homemade recipe.
Fat-Free Honey Mustard
The Fat-Free Honey Mustard dressing has the perfect blend of sweet and tangy flavors that complement Chick-fil-A’s salads so well!
I always ask for a side of this dressing when I order a salad. The honey provides a subtle sweetness that’s balanced out by the spicy brown mustard. Even though it’s fat-free, it’s still creamy and coats each bite of lettuce, cheese, and veggies. I’ve tried replicating this at home with honey, Dijon mustard, vinegar, and olive oil but can never quite achieve the same flavor.
If you like a mix of sweet and savory or want a lighter option without sacrificing taste, the Fat-Free Honey Mustard should be your go-to Chick-fil-A salad dressing. It pairs excellently with the Cobb, Spicy Southwest, and Market salads in particular. Even though it’s a bit thinner than the regular honey mustard, this one also makes a great dipping sauce for waffle fries if you want to change things up.
Where to Buy Chick-Fil-A Salad Sauces?
The easiest way to get your hands on Chick-fil-A’s salad dressings is to purchase them directly from their website or a Chick-fil-A restaurant.
Some grocery stores and retailers like Walmart and Kroger also sell Chick-fil-A dressings on their shelves or online. Selection varies by location, so you may need to check around.
Which Chick-fil-A salad dressing is your go-to? Can’t wait to hear your fav combos in the comments below!