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Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

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Homemade Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette Salad Dressing is full of fresh and bright flavors. A healthy Mexican inspired dressing for salad, marinade, or a condiment. Vegan, keto low carb, gluten free, dairy free.
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This Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette Salad Dressing is full of fresh and bright flavors for a fun twist on a homemade salad dressing! Mexican flavors make this perfect for salads and more.

A clear jar full of Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette Salad Dressing on a counter with fresh cilantro around it

Why You Will Love This Recipe

When it comes to elevating the flavors of a salad or adding a vibrant touch to grilled meats, a good dressing can work wonders.

And if you’re looking for a dressing that bursts with freshness and tanginess, look no further than cilantro lime vinaigrette.

This versatile dressing combines the bright flavors of cilantro and lime to create a zesty and herbaceous taste.

This salad dressing is gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, keto low carb, and dairy free which makes it great for so many dietary lifestyles!

Top view of Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette Salad Dressing in a jar with a spoon full of the dressing coming out of it

Combination of Cilantro and Lime

Cilantro, also known as coriander leaves, is an herb that adds a refreshing and citrusy element to dishes. Its bright green leaves pack a punch of flavor and provide a unique taste profile that pairs beautifully with lime.

Lime juice, with its tanginess and natural acidity, complements cilantro perfectly, creating a harmonious balance of flavors.

Together, they create a vinaigrette that is both refreshing and versatile.

Ingredients

These are the ingredients you need for Cilantro Lime Dressing:

  • Olive Oil – Good quality oil is important here because it is such a large portion of this recipe!
  • Lime Juice – fresh is best! Bottled lime can taste bitter and has less fresh flavor.
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
The ingredients needed for the dressing sitting on a counter

Equipment

You only need a few pieces of equipment for this homemade salad dressing:

  • Blender (or small food processor)
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoon
  • Mason Jar – or other jar/container for storing

Instruction Overview

To make this Mexican salad dressing, put all of your ingredients in a blender.

Blend until they are well incorporated, about 1 minute.

Season to taste as desired with salt and pepper.

That is it!

Ways to Use

  1. Salad Dressing:
    • Drizzle the cilantro lime vinaigrette over mixed greens, avocado, cherry tomatoes, and grilled chicken for a refreshing and vibrant salad. Try it on our Mexican Cobb Salad!
  2. Marinade:
    • Use the vinaigrette as a marinade for grilled shrimp, chicken, or tofu. Let the protein marinate for at least 30 minutes before grilling to infuse it with the flavors of cilantro and lime.
  3. Dipping Sauce:
    • Serve the dressing as a dipping sauce for grilled vegetables, kebabs, or even crispy potato wedges. Its zesty flavors will add a delightful flavor to any appetizer or snack.
  4. Grain Bowls:
    • Drizzle the vinaigrette over grain bowls, such as quinoa or brown rice, along with roasted vegetables, beans, and your favorite vegetables or meats.
Top view of Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette Salad Dressing in a jar with cilantro around it

Modifications and Substitutions

I do not recommend making this by shaking in a jar. I compared both methods side by side and the jar shaking method tasted strongly of just olive oil.

Do not have a blender or food processor? You can whisk by hand until well incorporated.

This dressing is tart. Want to balance it with a touch of sweetness? Add a squeeze or two of honey.

Kim’s Tips

Fresh lime juice will taste much better than bottled.

Use a good quality olive oil since it is such a big part of this recipe.

If made in advance, make sure to mix it back together before using to reincorporate all of the ingredients as they separate over time.

FAQs

Can I make this salad dressing by shaking in a jar?

I do not recommend making this by shaking in a jar. I compared both methods side by side and the jar shaking method tasted strongly of just olive oil.

What is cilantro lime vinaigrette made of?

This salad dressing is made with olive oil, lime juice, fresh cilantro, salt, and black pepper.

What is the difference between salad dressing and vinaigrette?

Vinaigrette is a type of salad dressing that is oil based with a vinegar or acid of some kind.

What is the formula for vinaigrette dressing?

You want to have approximately one part vinegar/acid to three parts olive oil.

Can I make vinaigrette in advance?

Yes! Just make sure to re-mix the dressing before using as it will separate over time.

How long does homemade vinaigrette last?

This homemade dressing is best used within a week.

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Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Homemade Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette Salad Dressing is full of fresh and bright flavors. A healthy Mexican inspired dressing for salad, marinade, or a condiment. Vegan, keto low carb, gluten free, dairy free.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Condiment, Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: 30 Min or Less, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Keto/Low Carb, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 Tablespoons (about 1/3 cup total)
Calories: 108kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender.
  • Blend until well combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Chill until ready to serve.

Notes

1-2 Tablespoons is enough for a salad depending on its size and your preference of dressing quantity
This dressing is tart and savory. Want to balance it with a touch of sweetness? Add a squeeze or two of honey.
The dressing is best if used within one week.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Tablespoon | Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.5g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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By on May 24th, 2023

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