Cilantro Lime Dressing

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Cilantro Lime Dressing – a fresh and tangy dressing that is perfect for any salad, burrito bowl, tacos, or even as a dip.

Mexican and Tex-Mex food has to be one of my favorite cuisines of all time. And one of the flavors I think of when I think Mexican is cilantro and lime. It is just a classic bright and fresh combo that makes for the best dressing!

I first made this cilantro lime vinaigrette in 2011 when I first started blogging. It is still a must make today and deserved better pictures and a little more information in the recipe!

a mason jar with cilantro lime dressing

 

What’s In Cilantro Lime Dressing

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  • Vegetable Oil – you can sub olive oil, avocado oil, or any other oil you like. This is just what the original recipe from the early 2000s called for.
  • Lime Juice
  • Cilantro
  • White Wine Vinegar
  • Garlic
  • Sugar – any sweetener you like works! Honey, agave, monk fruit etc. Sugar in a dressing helps cut the acid and create a more balanced flavor, so it is why it is in there.
  • Salt
cilantro leaves in a blender

Recipe Variations

  • Often times you will see a creamy version of this that is equally as delicious. Mix in 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt and you will have a creamy and delicious dressing.
  • Like it spicy? Add a little jalapeno in the first step.
  • Honey or Agave would be a great substitute if you wanted to avoid refined sugar.

This cilantro lime dressing is so easy to throw together in just minute with the help of a blender. And not only does it make a great salad dressing, it is a GREAT marinade for meats.

Cilantro Lime Chicken is basically chicken marinated in this dressing and then grilled. Gives so much great flavor without a lot of work.

pouring oil in blender to make dressing

How To Make Cilantro Lime Dressing

  1. In a blender or food processor, combine lime juice, vinegar, garlic, salt, and sugar. Blend until well combined.
  2. Then with the food processor running, add in a slow stream of oil. You want it to get nice and well blended together.
  3. Next pulse in the cilantro. You want the cilantro to be well blended, but still be able to see plenty of flecks, so don’t puree it for a long time.

Why Is It White

I get this question every single time I share this recipe on Facebook. It is white because I used a high powdered blender to emulsify the oil. It is a very similar process to when you make homemade mayo. That is just how the oil reacts when you slowly stream it in under high power. It is still a vinaigrette consistency. If you want it creamy, see the recipe variations section.

jar of salad dressing

What Other Oil Can I Use

This is an old recipe, so it calls for vegetable oil. You really can use any oil you like when making it. I like to use avocado oil, because it has a neutral flavor like vegetable oil does. So the cilantro and lime really shine through. But olive oil is great too.

Storing Cilantro Lime Dressing

You want to make sure it is in an air tight container. I like to use a mason jar with a screw on lid, so not only is it air tight it is always easy to pour and serve from.

How Long Will Cilantro Lime Dressing Last

You want to store this covered in the fridge for about a week. Let it warm up and shake well before you serve it.

cilantro lime dressing in a jar

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4.49 from 125 votes

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

By Erin
Cilantro Lime Dressing – a fresh and tangy dressing that is perfect for any salad, burrito bowl, tacos, or even as a dip.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 12

Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup vegetable oil, you can use olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoon sugar, any sweetener works
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions 

  • In a blender or food processor, combine lime juice, vinegar, garlic, salt, and sugar. Blend until well combined.
  • With the food processor running, add in a slow stream of oil.
  • Pulse in the cilantro. You want the cilantro to be well blended, but still be able to see plenty of flecks.
  • Store in the fridge. Shake or stir well before serving.

Notes

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Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Salad Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 168
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19 Comments

    1. There is a section in the post with “How Long With Cilantro Lime Dressing Last” in the post
      You want to store this covered in the fridge for about a week. Let it warm up and shake well before you serve it.

  1. I am very grateful for you and your wonderful recipes.. easy to prepare and all so useful! Thank you so much