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Cilantro Lime Dressing

January 27, 2020 (Last Updated: May 22, 2020)

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Cilantro Lime Dressing is a low fat dressing bursting with flavor from the limes, cilantro and jalapeno. Use on your favorite salad or as a dip for veggies. 

A glass jar filled with cilantro lime dressing.

I’ve been making salad dressings again and I just love how they turn out. My latest is Cilantro Lime Dressing.  Making your own dressing isn’t difficult, and you can adjust the ingredients to your liking. 

In the past I’ve also made blue cheese dressing and an oriental dressing that goes great with a chicken salad. The base for this salad dressing is plain greek yogurt rather than sour cream or mayonnaise. The greek yogurt has great consistency and adds just a touch of tang to the recipe. 

A bowl filled with greek yogurt with fresh cilantro, limes and a jalapeno pepper surrounding the bowl.

Ingredients for Cilantro Lime Dressing

  • Greek yogurt 
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Jalapeno
  • Garlic powder
  • Olive oil
  • Sugar

Steps to make dressing

  1. Place all ingredients, except cilantro in a food processor. Process until smooth
  2. Add cilantro and pulse 5-6 times until mixed in, but still can see bits of leaves
  3. Pour into a glass storage container and serve or refrigerate until needed
A food processor bowl filled with Greed yogurt.1
Fresh cilantro added to a creamy mixture in a food processor.2
A glass jar filled with cilantro lime dressing.3

A small red tomato on the end of a fork being dipped into a salad dressing.

Tips for making Cilantro Lime Dressing

  • If your yogurt is runny you can use it as is, or you can strain off any excess liquid from your yogurt. 
  • I’ve used a half of a seeded jalapeno. If you like it spicier, add the whole jalapeno. Use less if you’d like it milder
  • Use fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks
  • A small amount of sugar is added to help balance the flavors. The sugar may be omitted if desired.

Green salad with tomatoes, onions and a creamy salad dressing.

This salad dressing would be great served on a salad alongside Quinoa Enchiladas or Pan Fried Walleye.  

Can I make this dressing without using a food processor?

You can make this without a food processor. You could use a blender instead. If you don’t have either, you can hand mix this dressing. You will want to make certain your jalapeno is very finely minced before adding to the dressing. 

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A green salad topped with a creamy white dressing.

Cilantro Lime Dressing

Kathy
Salad dressing made with Greek yogurt, fresh cilantro and lime juice and a touch of jalapeno pepper.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cup
Calories 33 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 jalapeno (seeded and chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup cilantro

Instructions
 

  • Place all ingredients, except cilantro in a food processor. Process until smooth
  • Add cilantro and pulse 5-6 times until mixed in, but still can see bits of leaves
  • Pour into a glass storage container and serve or refrigerate until needed

Notes

Tips for making Cilantro Lime Dressing

  • If your yogurt is runny you can use it as is, or you can strain off any excess liquid from your yogurt. 
  • I've used a half of a seeded jalapeno. If you like it spicier, add the whole jalapeno. Use less if you'd like it milder
  • Use fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks
  • A small amount of sugar is added to help balance the flavors. The sugar may be omitted if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 2TablespoonsCalories: 33kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 155mgPotassium: 35mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 43IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 28mg
Keyword cilantro lime dressing, jalapeno ranch dressing, salad dressing
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Jeff the Chef
    January 28, 2020 at 6:11 am

    I’ve never had a dressing like this before. It sounds fantastic! I love that it uses yogurt. I often have yogurt around in the fridge, and this would be a great way to use it up.

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    January 27, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    5 stars
    Homemade dressings are so much better than store-bought Kathy! I’ve got a friend who loves cilantro. I will be sending her your recipe!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    January 27, 2020 at 5:34 am

    5 stars
    Love making my own sauces and this one looks like it’s right up my alley! Delish on salads or for dipping wings! Fresh, tasty and easy….just perfect to me 🙂

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    January 27, 2020 at 5:09 am

    5 stars
    We’ve been watching the calories around here lately, and salad dressings can be deceivingly high in that category. Homemade is the way to go for sure! I love the flavors you’ve got going on here, Kathy. This will taste like summer! I definitely need to put a batch of this dressing on the menu soon. Thanks for the inspiration!

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