Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl, set aside if preparing sandwiches within a few minutes. If made in advance, refrigerate until ready to use, up to 1 week.
Yield: about 1 cup of dressingStore in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Mayonnaiseis one of the key ingredients in this dressing so we prefer homemade. However, a quality store-bought mayonnaise is fine, just don't use anything like Miracle Whip or the dressing will be too sharp or overly tangy.
Chili sauce brings the bit of spice with the perfect amount of chili heat. When using store-bought chili sauce like Heinz, which can be pretty sweet, you should taste it for spice and adjust with a little more Tabasco. The dressing really should have a hint of spice to it.
Dijon mustard is a common addition to dressings because it is an emulsifier and adds a subtle mustard flavor. You can substitute it with stone-ground mustard or ground mustard powder mixed with a little mayonnaise (1 teaspoon ground mustard + 1 teaspoon mayonnaise = 1 tablespoon Dijon). I don’t recommend plain yellow mustard as a sub in this recipe.
Dill pickle is minced and adds a lovely sharp, sourness to this dressing. If you don’t have dill pickles you can use pickle relish, just don’t use a sweet variety of relish as this will affect the flavor balance of the dressing.
Buttermilk adds a creamy and acidic element to this dressing and can be exchanged for heavy cream or sour cream in a pinch.
Chipotle Tabasco brings the kick it needs and we like the lovely subtle smoky chili heat, but we won't judge if you use standard Tabasco sauce.
Coconut palm sugar is our standard in the kitchen in place of refined white or brown sugar and is used in the recipe to balance the sharper flavors and spice. Substitute with brown sugar.
Make it vegetarian or vegan—use a vegetarian or vegan Worcestershire sauce as the standard sauce contains anchovies. Swap out the regular mayonnaise for vegan mayo and omit the buttermilk. Check out this recipe for Vegan Worcestershire Sauce from Karissa's Vegan Kitchen.