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Creamy cilantro dressing

Easy Cilantro Lime Dressing

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1/2 cup (vinaigrette) or 3/4 cup (creamy) 1x


This easy cilantro lime dressing is fast to whip up and its zesty flavor is perfect for Mexican style salads. Try TWO versions: vinaigrette and creamy!



Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette Dressing (vegan)

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice plus zest of 1 lime
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves and tender stems, lightly packed
  • 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon each garlic powder and onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice  
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves and tender stems, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon each garlic powder and onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. For the Cilantro Lime Dressing: Zest and juice the lime. Using a standard, small or immersion blender*, blend the lime zest, lime juice, cilantro, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, garlic powder and onion powder, and kosher salt until roughly chopped. Scrape down the sides of the blender, then add the olive oil.
    For Creamy Cilantro Dressing: Add all ingredients to a blender.
  2. Blend for a minute or two until creamy, scraping down as necessary. This will be easier with an immersion blender; a standard blender you’ll have to scrape down often to get it to blend. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 week. The vinaigrette-style dressing will solidify in the fridge, so bring to room temperature prior to serving.


*It’s easiest to make in a small or immersion blender, but it works in a standard sized blender as well! It will be slightly tougher in a very large Vitamix, so just keep scraping and blending.

  • Category: Salad Dressing
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: Cilantro Lime Dressing