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Cilantro Lime Dressing Recipe

This Easy Cilantro Lime Dressing is a blend of sweet, sour, and tart. You'll love the mix of flavors, and it goes great on almost any salad.
Course condiments
Cuisine American
Keyword cilantro lime dressing
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 291kcal
Author Dina from simplyhomecooked.com


  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • 3/4 cup grape seed oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


combine garlic, lime juice, vinegar and honey

  • In a small beaker, combine minced garlic, lime juice, vinegar, and honey.

Chop the cilantro

  • Give it a quick stir, then add in the roughly chopped cilantro and blend well. (I used an immersion blender).

Emulsify oil on low speed

  • As you blend the dressing over low speed, slowly add in the grapeseed oil. Adding the oil in while briskly mixing will help properly emulsify the dressing. Once the oil is well blended, add in the salt and pepper.


TIPS to make this dressing even better
  • Use good-quality oil- Oil is an important factor in flavor here, so make sure to use a high-quality, light-tasting oil, like grapeseed, avocado, or olive oil.
  • Don't refrigerate the limes- Keep the limes at room temperature since the fridge strips them of their incredible flavor.
  • Use chopped cilantro- Chopping the cilantro before adding it into the blender makes it blend better and faster.
  • Don't overmix the oil- Emulsify the oil gradually (in a thin stream) or it will mix too fast and thicken up.
How to make it creamy
If you'd like a more creamy version of this dressing, then just add avocado. By blending in a ripe avocado, you add another dimension to the flavor and a creamy texture that goes great in salads.


Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 195mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 56IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg