Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

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It is officially Spring, at least according to my calendar. The hail and ice that fell over the past 2 days makes it feel more like Winter! Spring means something different to everyone. To me, it means Green {and allergies, and thunderstorms, tornadoes}. The green grass, deciduous trees, and leafy herbs start popping up all over. What do you do with all of those leafy herbs? You use them silly, to make Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing…..

This Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing is the perfect way to top off your salad and works great as a Dipping Sauce too!! cookingwithcurls.com

You grab a bunch of fresh cilantro and turn it into this delicious, and versatile Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing and Dipping Sauce. This is the same dressing that I have used in the past on my Southwest Chicken Salad for Summer…..

Southwest Chicken Salad w Cilantro Lime Dressing cookingwithcurls.com

{yes, I forgot the mayo in that batch, and it was still delicious} and as a dipping sauce for Wild Alaskan Crab Legs…..

Creamy Cilantro Lime Dipping Sauce for seafood cookingwithcurls.com

and it couldn’t be easier to make!

How to make Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing:

Place the cilantro, lime juice, garlic, mayonnaise, olive oil, vinegar and honey in the bowl of a food processor…..

Cilantro Lime Dressing process cookingwithcurls.com

and pulse to combine…..

Cilantro Lime Dressing pureed cookingwithcurls.com

See how simple that was? Tangy, bright and fresh flavors that remind me of Spring…..even when it looks like this outside…..

Icy Tree March 23 2015 cookingwithcurls.com

Now that is something that you do not see everyday…..thankfully!!

More delicious Dressing recipes:


This Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing is the perfect way to top off your salad and works great as a Dipping Sauce too!! cookingwithcurls.com

Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

This Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing is the perfect way to top off your salad and works great as a Dipping Sauce too!!
4.50 from 24 votes
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: dressing, condiment, dipping sauce, cilantro, recipe, lime
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 213kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro (stems removed)
  • ½ cup mayonnaise (use Whole30 mayo if needed)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey (omit for Whole30)


  • Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor, or in a blender.
  • Puree until smooth.
  • Taste and adjust as necessary.
  • Pour into a covered container and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Store leftover dressing in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 6mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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  1. I’m looking forward to my local farmer’s market starting up next month! I don’t think I can wait that long. And is it wrong that I want to grab that jar and drink that dressing straight up? It looks that good! Pinned.

  2. I love cilantro and lime together and it looks so good in this dressing! PINNED because I just have to make this! 🙂
    Saying hi from the creative ways link party!

  3. While I am not a fan of cilantro my husband is and I would be willing to try it as a dressing. Pinned, shared, and followed you here from the Weekend Retreat party. Would love for you to share on Real Food Fridays.

  4. Your dressing looks so yummy. I can’t wait to try it! We featured it at the Project Stash! Stop by and pickup your featured button. I can’t wait to see how you used your stash this week!

  5. 5 stars
    Cilantro and lime are two of my favorite things! I have made this dressing at least 10 times now. We squirt it over our chicken tacos on top of the guac. There would be a mutiny at my house if I didn’t make this sauce for the tacos! We also really like this sauce on our falafels, which isn’t even close to authentic but so good.

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