I developed this cilantro lime dressing recipe about seven years ago and it has become one of my favorite go-to dressings for salads, kabobs, and pretty much anything grilled.

cilantro lime dressing - healthyish foods

This recipe is super simple yet has a ton of flavor. Most recently, I used it to finish a vegetarian southwest salad. The salad had fresh, crispy romaine lettuce, avocado, corn, black beans, and salt and pepper to taste.

Alternatively, you can add some crispy bacon, tomatoes, or even tortilla strips for a little extra texture and protein. But honestly, this dressing is so tasty you won’t need to add many ingredients. Some days, I feel like i could drink it straight from the blender.

cilantro lime dressing - healthyish foods

If you enjoy a spicier dressing, you can add more jalapeño. Or for something a bit sweeter, try adding more honey. That’s what makes this recipe so great, you can really make it your own.

Looking for more tasty salad ideas? Try my pasta salad with this cilantro lime dressing. Or my grilled tuna nicoise salad with sweet and tangy dressing. 

cilantro lime dressing - healthyish foods

Cilantro Lime Dressing

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  • 2 cups cilantro, try to remove the stems and pack it in the measuring cup
  • 1/4 cup lime juice , about 4 ripe limes - fresh squeezed
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2-3 medium jalapeños, cut in half length-wise - remove seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup olive oil


  • blender


  • Cut and squeeze the juice of 4-5 medium sized limes. Add the fresh squeezed juice to your blender.
  • Next, you will add the garlic and jalapeños to the blender.
  • For a spicier dressing leave the seeds and veins inside of the jalapeños. For a less spicy dressing, remove the seeds and veins from the inside of the jalapeños using a spoon. Be careful not to touch your eyes during this process.
  • Remove the stems from your cilantro and add it to the blender with the lime juice, garlic, and jalapeño.
  • Spoon in 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard and the salt. Begin to blend everything together.
  • As everything is blending, slowly pour in your olive oil.
  • Once the dressing is well combined, turn off the blender and enjoy.