This cilantro lime dressing is creamy, perfectly and lightly sweet, and packed with garlic and cilantro flavor that’s fresh but not overwhelming. Absolutely perfect on a Southwest salad or anytime you’re craving loads of Mexican or Southwest summer flavor!
There is nothing like homemade salad dressing to take your salad to the next level, whether it’s for company or just your lunch bag. This salad dressing is so easy to make, yet is absolutely loaded with the flavors of herbaceous cilantro, tart lime juice, the tang of yogurt or sour cream, sweet honey, and just a little spice from jalapeño. It’s thick, creamy, and totally enhances your salad. This easy recipe is super easy to whip up on a Sunday, pop in the fridge, and have perfect dressing all week.
What Makes This Recipe So Good
Mayonnaise – Mayo helps give our dressing a creamy base. Make sure to use a good quality mayo without a strong aftertaste.
Yogurt or sour cream – The second half of our dressing’s base, yogurt or sour cream keeps things creamy, but adds a little tang.
Garlic – A bold flavor that gives an extra layer of savory flavor combined with the sweet.
Jalapeño – A seeded, chopped pepper helps give just a hint of heat to the dressing without overwhelming the other flavors.
Lime juice – The citrusy, tart flavor of lime juice helps bring out the brightness in the other flavors.
Honey – Honey helps adds sweetness to the dressing.
Cilantro – Cilantro is the perfect earthy, minty herb to complement the other flavors and give our dressing one of its signature components.
How To Make Cilantro Lime Dressing
The full recipe & ingredients list are below, but here you’ll find a quick overview for making this recipe perfectly, along with useful tips and info!
Add the jalapeño and garlic to a food processor or blender.
Pulse or blend until everything is finely chopped.
Add in everything but the honey and blend or pulse a couple times until everything is nicely blended.
Turn on the food processor or blender and slowly drizzle in the oil until it’s fully incorporated.
Season with some salt to taste before serving.
Top Tips For Making
- Decide how much honey you want to use based on how sweet you want your dressing. Use 2 tablespoons for a nice tangy dressing with just a hint of sweetness, or go up to 4 tablespoons for a sweet and smooth dressing.
- You can keep your dressing in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
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Cilantro Lime Dressing
- Food processor or blender
- Add jalapeño and garlic to food processor or blender. Pulse or blend until finely chopped. Add mayo, yogurt or sour cream, lime juice, honey, salt, and cilantro and blend or pulse several times until fully blended.
- Turn on the food processor or blender and slowly drizzle in oil until fully incorporated. Season with salt to taste.
- Honey: Use 2 tablespoons for a nice tangy dressing with just a hint of sweetness, or go up to 4 tablespoons for a sweet and smooth dressing.
- Storage: Keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
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