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Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

This creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing recipe is easy to make and has simple, healthy ingredients and the best combination of flavors!

Be sure to try my Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing next!

Cilantro Lime Dressing in a glass vessel with lime and cilantro next to it.

It’s amazing what a homemade salad dressing can do to make a salad taste like restaurant quality. (And bonus, I had all of these ingredients in my fridge already.)

Ever since I made my Taco Casserole recipe last week, all I can think about is making more Mexican food. 😬

Luckily, this Cilantro Lime Dressing is healthy, and goes so well on top of almost any kind of salad! (Particularly Southwest Salad, which I’ll be posting later this week!)

overhead image of ingredients needed for cilantro lime dressing.

So there are only 8 ingredients in this thing, and almost all of them have substitution options, so let’s get into it!

food processor filled with ingredients needed to make cilantro lime dressing

How to Make Cilantro Lime Dressing

  • A food processor may be used to combine the ingredients for this dressing. For a smoother consistency, I recommend a Nutri Ninja or Nutribullet.
  • I like to use plain whole yogurt when I make this, which can be substituted with plain Greek yogurt, sour cream, or mayo.
  • For a different flavor, you can use a jalapeno (seeds removed unless you like lots of heat), instead of green onions.
  • Instead of honey, you can use half the amount and replace it with sugar.

a bottle of cilantro lime dressing after being mixed in the food processor and after being mixed in a ninja bullet.

Ways to Use Cilantro Lime Dressing

How Long is Cilantro Lime Dressing Good For

  • This dressing can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, but tastes the most fresh if used within 5 days.

A hand holding a spoon and drizzling cilantro lime dressing over a big bowl of salad.


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Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

This creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing recipe is easy to make and has simple, healthy ingredients and the best combination of flavors!


  • 3/4 cup packed cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt, can sub sour cream or mayo
  • 4 Tablespoons avocado oil, can sub olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon honey, can sub 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2 green onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • Food Processor


  • Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor, or if possible, a Ninja Bullet or Nutribullet for a smoother consistency.
  • Chill for 20 minutes prior to using.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.


1 Serving = 2 Tablespons


Calories: 38kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 76mg, Potassium: 22mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 65IU, Vitamin C: 1.5mg, Calcium: 9mg

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2 comments on “Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing”

  1. Can this be frozen?

    • Hi Clara, I’m not sure, I’ve never tried freezing salad dressing before but I’m not sure the consistency would be the same when thawed. My guess is that it might not work.

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