The Cozy Cook

Book cover graphicThe Cozy Cookbook is here! Order Now!

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 Caesar, Greek, and Balsamic Vinaigrette dressings 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.

Try These Next

Get My Free Meal Plan

I’ve got a Free Meal Plan with 7 of my super popular recipes (complete with grocery list)! Sign up for my email list and I’ll send it over now along with weekly dinner recipes!

And follow me on FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest!

Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

5 from 7 ratings
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
Did you try this recipe?Mention @TheCozyCook on Instagram or tag #thecozycook!

Order The Cozy Cookbook!

Easy Recipes. Extra Comfort.

Order your copy today!

Leave a Comment & Rate this Recipe

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Click the Stars to Rate This Recipe

16 comments on “Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing”

  1. Huge hit !!! Made exactly as written. 

  2. I like it and made a few changes:

    Because I’m using this delightful dressing on shrimp tacos, I didn’t add any pepper or green onions, and added about a 1/4 teaspoon of coriander and a tsp. of Tajín. 

    Also, I think subbing the olive oil for a milder one (such as grape seed) would compliment this dressing very nicely. Next time. 🙂 

  3. This is my go to recipe for broccoli slaw for fish tacos.  Everyone loves it.  This time it was a little on the thin side (maybe the lime yielded more juice)  so I added a half an avocado-so yummy and so easy.

    • Hi Cindy!! I’m so glad that you love this dressing! I find the longer I blend it, the thicker it gets! I love adding more avocado too of course!! Thank you so much for the review!! 🥰

  4. I made this to use as a dressing for a Mexican salad. So delicious!!! I followed the recipe and used 1/4 cup real mayo and 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt. My emulsifier made it so creamy and I love it! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Hey JC! I’m sooo happy that you loved this dressing, it’s PERFECT for a Mexican salad, nicely done- thank you soooo much for taking the time to leave a review, you’re the best! -Stephanie

  5. My husband can’t get enough of this dressing. Number one request in my household when it comes done to salad selections. Thank you! 😉

  6. My family’s favorite Southwest Salad, and the cilantro lime dressing is beyond delicious 😋 I make this salad every time we have a get together or BBQ. Keeps well for a few days, and the dressing flavor intensifies – a win-win!

    • I’m so happy this is your family’s favorite Wendy! This is one of my favorite dressing during the summer, it’s so refreshing. Thanks so much for the great comments!💖

  7. This was delicious! I made it with sour cream as that’s what I had on hand. Will definitely make this one again!

  8. 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.

As Seen On…