Cilantro lime dressing is a flavor-packed healthy salad dressing that needs just a handful of simple ingredients.
Let me preface this by saying I know - cilantro is super polarizing. If you're not a cilantro fan, go ahead and skip this cilantro lime dressing recipe. May I suggest making these more universally appealing oatmeal banana muffins instead? 🙂
If you are a cilantro fan, WELCOME!!! I love cilantro for the flavor it adds, and the fact that it's a pretty easy-to-find (or grow!) herb. This cilantro lime dressing pairs bright and bold cilantro with tangy lime juice. I like to round the flavors out with a little sweetness in my cilantro lime dressing with honey.
How to Make Cilantro Lime Dressing
This cilantro lime dressing recipe is really simple to make. While this only takes a minute (literally), the most time consuming task is plucking the cilantro leaves off the stems. Then, you grab your trusty blender or food processor, add all ingredients, and blend or process for a minute until it's smoothly combined!
Cilantro Lime Dressing Recipe Notes & Substitutions
While this is already a super basic and streamlined recipe with simple ingredients, here are a few notes and substitution ideas.
- While it won't be "cilantro lime", if you don't like lime, you can always substitute lemon juice, or even orange juice for an even sweeter dressing (or go half-and-half with lime and orange juice).
- If you're dying to make some kind of herby lime salad dressing but truly abhore cilantro, sub your favorite herbs, like fresh basil or parsley.
- Honey can be substituted in equal amounts with another liquid sweetener, like agave nectar or maple syrup (agave nectar has less noticeable taste differences)
- If you're a garlic lover, you can optionally add a clove of garlic. I preferred it without, so I omitted it from the recipe, but my husband enjoyed it with garlic added, so your call!
How long does cilantro lime dressing last?
As with most homemade salad dressings, there are no additives or preservatives so this cilantro lime dressing has a sooner use-by date than store-bought salad dressing; I would recommend using within one week. Lime juice tends to taste best fresh, though, so consuming your cilantro lime dressing on salads or even as a marinade for proteins will taste best soonest after you make it. Also - don't be alarmed if your cilantro lime dressing has separation! As there are no emulsifiers or additives like gums, the cilantro lime dressing will separate over time. Just give it a quick shake and you'll be good to go!
Looking for other delicious and healthy salad recipes?
Try these NTF healthy salad recipe favorites!
- Blueberry Kale Salad
- Grilled Greek Salad
- Strawberry Salmon Salad
- Pomegranate Lentil Butternut Salad
- Blueberry Panzanella Salad
- Fruity Quinoa Salad
- Golden Beet Salad with Blueberry Lime Dressing
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Cilantro Lime Dressing
- ¼ cup lime juice
- ¼ cup avocado oil or other neutral oil
- ¼ cup cilantro
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Add all ingredients to a small food processor or blend.
- Blend or process on high for 30-60 seconds, or until ingredients are smoothly combined.
- This cilantro lime dressing can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to one week.