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Cilantro Lime Salad Dressing

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This Cilantro Lime Dressing Recipe is the perfect balance of creamy and tangy. Loaded with flavor and perfect to use on your favorite salad mix, drizzle on top of tacos, or use to dip fresh vegetables.

overhead view salad topped with cilantro lime dressing in bowl with fork.

With the arriving of summer, I definitely find myself eating more salad than usual.

It is largely because I live in Florida and the heat and humidity make you not want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen over a hot stove to make a meal. In addition, there are so many great vegetables in season that making a salad is such a good way to utilize them.

When it comes to salads, anything goes and if you have been following me here on the blog then you already know that I love having a salad with a lot of stuff in it. No boring salads with iceberg lettuce and a few cherry tomatoes here. None of that. When I think about a salad, then the dressing is just as important and although I do have my favorite pre-made salad dressings, I also love to whip up my own at home using a few simple ingredients.

For a creamy based salad dressing, I love using Greek yogurt because it is affordable and easy to locate in the dairy section of the grocery store. Today I will share with you a recipe for a quick and easy cilantro lime dressing that goes perfect with any salad.

Be sure to give this dressing a try!

What ingredients are needed for this cilantro lime salad dressing?

ingredients for cilantro lime dressing in small bowls

  1. Cilantro
  2. Lime juice 
  3. Greek yogurt
  4. Garlic
  5. Olive oil
  6. Apple cider vinegar 
  7. Salt

How to make cilantro lime dressing:

Using a food processor, add in the cloves of garlic and process to mince.

two cloves of garlic in a food processor

Add in the fresh cilantro, plain Greek yogurt, lime juice, and process until smooth.

fresh cilantro, lime juice, and greek yogurt in food processor

Slowly stream in the olive oil and apple cider vinegar until emulsified.

finished cilantro lime salad dressing in a food processor

Add in salt to taste and place in a jar with a lid or airtight container and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

cilantro lime dressing in a small glass jar

Ways to use this cilantro dressing:

  • Salad – use this dressing to top your favorite salad mix. It is perfect to use with Tex-Mex or Mexican flavors. Try making a salad with baby spring mix, corn, black beans, tomato, and avocado. 
  • Tacos – drizzle on top of your favorite taco to add another layer of flavor. 
  • Dip – use it as a dip for your favorite raw vegetables as a snack option. 
  • Burritos or Burrito Bowls – add to compliment any burrito or burrito bowl for a little something extra. 
close up side view cilantro lime dressing in small glass jar

Cilantro Lime Salad Dressing

This Cilantro Lime Dressing Recipe is the perfect balance of creamy and tangy. Loaded with flavor and perfect to use on your favorite salad mix, drizzle on top of tacos, or use to dip fresh vegetables.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cilantro lime salad dressing
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 69kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves, loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  • Using a food processor, add in the 2 cloves of garlic and process to mince.
  • Add in the 1 cup of cilantro, 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, lime juice, and process until smooth.
  • Slowly stream in the 1/4 cup olive oil and 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar until emulsified.
  • Add in salt to taste and place in a jar with a lid or airtight container and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Nutrition

Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 28mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
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hand holding spoon with cilantro lime dressing over glass jar

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8 Comments

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    Mary
    June 28, 2017 at 9:28 PM

    I have a hard time coming up with interesting salad dressings, so I usually opt out, that’s right, I’m one of those weird people that eats her salad dry. Your cilantro lime salad dressing looks simple and delicious. I love adding apple cider vinegar to dressings, it always adds a much-needed kick.

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      admin
      July 11, 2017 at 1:08 PM

      I cannot eat my salad dry, but I also do not like a lot of dressing on my salad…lol…I’m very picky. I love ACV in my salad dressing and making it myself allows me to basically put whatever I want into it πŸ™‚

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    Tamara
    June 29, 2017 at 8:40 PM

    Look how fresh this is! I can’t stand store bought salad dressings and will always try to make them. This one looks great – such awesome ingredients.

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      admin
      July 11, 2017 at 1:09 PM

      Thank you! I’m not a big fan of store bought salad dressings either, but for some reason I keep buying new ones hoping…it just never seems to work out.

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    Akaleistar
    July 1, 2017 at 9:18 PM

    I don’t eat a lot of salads, but that salad dressing looks really good πŸ™‚

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      admin
      July 11, 2017 at 1:10 PM

      Thank you so much πŸ™‚

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    Sonya
    July 6, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    I love making salad dressing and I’ve been trying to eat eat more cilantro to help with breakouts I’m currently experiencing. So I would love to try this recipe.

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      admin
      July 11, 2017 at 1:11 PM

      I love making my own salad dressing and I did not know cilantro was good for breakouts! I guess its a good thing that I love it πŸ™‚

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