Cilantro Lime Dressing

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

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salad with fixings in separate bowls

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 cilantro lime 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?

What do you need to make this cilantro dressing?

  •   cilantro
  •  fresh lime juice
  •   green onion
  • salt
  • pepper
  •   olive oil

How to make this cilantro lime dressing recipe

In a blender or food processor, you want to blend until smooth the fresh cilantro, fresh lime juice, and green onion until smooth.

Then season to taste with salt and pepper.

Then add the olive oil in a thin stream and blend well.

How long does this cilantro lime dressing last?

You can adjust the seasonings and then you can use it immediately! Any leftover cilantro dressing is good for up to 4 days. Just make to keep it covered and refrigerated!

salad on a plate with cilantro lime dressing in a container

What can I serve this cilantro lime dressing with?

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 cilantro 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.

cilantro lime dressing poured over vegetables

How to make this good and cheap:

Here are some of the strategies you can use to make this cilantro lime dress 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 on how to save cilantro 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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Cilantro Lime Dressing Recipe | Good Cheap Eats
Cilantro Lime Dressing Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cilantro, salad dressing
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 972 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 1 handful cilantro leaves about 1/2 cup
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onion
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  1. In a blender or food processor, blend the cilantro, lime juice, and green onion until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the olive oil in a thin stream, blending well.
  2. Adjust the seasonings and use immediately. Leftover dressing is good for up to 4 days, covered and refrigerated.
Recipe Notes

Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. 

Nutrition Facts
Cilantro Lime Dressing Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 972 Calories from Fat 972
% Daily Value*
Fat 108g166%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Sodium 5mg0%
Potassium 71mg2%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 195IU4%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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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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