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Cilantro Lime Dressing

Creamy cilantro lime dressing made with fresh ingredients, a touch of honey or maple syrup for natural sweetness and a kick of spice from jalapeño. This easy vegan cilantro lime dressing recipe makes the perfect salad dressing recipe or marinade for chicken and fish!

Course Dairy Free, Dressing, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Nut Free, Salad Dressing, Vegan
Cuisine American
Keyword cilantro lime dressing, creamy cilantro lime dressing, easy, vegan cilantro lime dressing
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 115 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 1 bunch cilantro (about ¾ cup fresh chopped cilantro)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, honey or pure maple syrup
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender or food processor: cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, garlic, jalapeño half, and salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Use as a marinade or as a dressing, etc!

Recipe Notes

Optional to add ¼ cup greek yogurt or ½ avocado for a creamy version. Feel free to add 1-3 tablespoons water to thin out dressing to your liking if you use this option.

To store: keep this homemade cilantro lime dressing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. If you choose to add yogurt or avocado, I'd recommend using up the dressing in about 3-4 days instead so that it stays fresh.

Nutrition Facts
Cilantro Lime Dressing
Amount Per Serving (2 tablespoons)
Calories 115 Calories from Fat 113
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.5g19%
Saturated Fat 1.8g11%
Carbohydrates 1.4g0%
Fiber 0.2g1%
Sugar 1.3g1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.