Cilantro Lime Dressing Recipe

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A great salad dressing makes the salad. Try this homemade Cilantro Lime Dressing to add sparkling fresh flavor to a variety of salads.

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I’ve always been a salad girl. I know I’ve said it before, but truly. Salad is my jam. There’s just something about enjoying a great salad that makes me happy. And if it has a delicious homemade dressing? #daymade

Over the years I’ve developed some standard dressings that serve as my go-to dressings: Ranch, Basic Vinaigrette, Dijon Vinaigrette, and Blue Cheese. And now that I think of it, this Tarragon Balsamic Salad Dressing Recipe is pretty awesome as well. So many salad dressings, so little time.

Seriously, I don’t think you could ever call a salad boring when you’ve got so many lovely dressings to choose from! How about another to add to your repertoire?

This Cilantro Lime Dressing comes together in minutes. It’s packed with fresh, vibrant flavors, and it goes well on a variety of salads. We have always enjoyed it on this Spring Greens with Pepitas, but recently I tossed it over roasted potatoes and onions for a warm potato salad and it was the bomb.

I’m also thinking that it would be excellent on this Santa Fe Salad with Chicken, Corn, and Black Beans or any taco salad for that matter.

Wow! How many salad combinations can we come up to go with just one dressing. People, let’s light up your salad-loving life! Mix up a batch of this dressing and test it out this week. Be sure to let me know how you style it so I can add it to my repertoire.

How to make this good and cheap:

Here are some of the strategies you can use to make this recipe more economical:

  • Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale. Instead of paying full price, buy more than you need when you see it on sale. Then you always have it when you want it. I do this for olive oil and bottled lime juice. It’s always nice to have a stockpile of that kind of stuff.
  • Store your bulk purchase of limes in the fridge. Yes, citrus tastes best and juices more efficiently when it’s at room temperature, but you can extend its shelf life by storing it in the fridge. ALDI had limes for 10 cents a piece last month, so I bought a load of them to have on hand.
  • Speaking of which, shop the stores that have the best prices. When I did my big grocery store showdown, I learned that ALDI and Costco have the best prices for a lot of the things I buy. You will naturally save money if you shop the best store for the items YOU buy. This may not be ALDI or Costco, so you’ll need to do your own price comparisons. The time investment as your research it is super valuable!
  • Store your cilantro in a way that it doesn’t become a gooey mess in the veggie drawer. Go here for details.

How I make this recipe easy:

This recipe really couldn’t be easier than it is, but having the right kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs.

Here are the tools that I use for this recipe:

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About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. Sandi says:

    I do love the cilantro lime combo and the idea of putting it over hot potatoes is quite intriguing. I may have to give it a go. or maybe I’ll just dump it on my salad greens instead!

    Side note: a couple of recipe names (tarragon dressing and the santa fe salad) are worded in a way that sounded as if you intended to link them but then forgot the linky part. Maybe they aren’t website recipes, I did not look, but letting you know in case it was an oversight.

    • Thanks for pointing it out. They were supposed to be linked, but sometimes the software drops the link for some reason. Fixed now!

  2. Shannon says:

    I make a roasted sweet potato dish seasoned with oil, lime juice, cilantro, and cayenne. It is so fresh and delicious!! Maybe this would go really well on baked sweet potatoes, too!

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