Cilantro Lime Salad Dressing Recipe

Posted April 24, 2014 by Tanya M in Cooking, Recipes / 23 Comments


I first made this simple Cilantro Lime Salad Dressing for Cinco de Mayo a couple years ago after trying something similar at a restaurant that Superhubby and I like for date nights. The Cilantro Lime Salad Dressing is refreshing with a hint of spiciness and sweetness. Often when I buy cilantro at the grocery store, I end up with way too much and this dressing is the perfect way to use up leftover cilantro and make a fabulous salad! Now that I planted cilantro in our garden, I won’t have to worry about using leftover bunches and can make this Cilantro Lime Salad Dressing anytime! 

Yumminess Rating: 5 of 5 stars

RA ease of prep: 3 of 5 stars (only because I have a horrible, non RA friendly mini food processor that is impossible to use.  There is a lot of chopping of garlic, ginger and removing leaves from cilantro, but this one is worth the time and effort!). In related news, anyone have a good mini food processor to recommend?

Cilantro Lime Salad Dressing Recipe


1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped, optional

1 clove garlic, minced

3/4 tsp peeled, minced fresh ginger root (or 1/4 tsp dried ground ginger)

1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (about 1-2 limes)

1/4 cup honey

2 tsp balsamic vinegar

1/2 tsp salt, or to taste

1/4 cup packed cilantro leaves

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. Combine jalapeño, garlic and ginger in food processor or blender. Pulse until finely chopped.
  2. Pour in lime juice, honey, balsamic vinegar, salt and cilantro leaves. Pulse several times until well blended.
  3. With blender or food processor on, slowly drizzle olive oil until well incorporated with other ingredients.
  4. Season with additional salt, if desired.
  5. Adapted from recipe at

Serving suggestion pictured includes the Cilantro Lime Dressing on top of a salad with the following ingredients:

Romaine Lettuce

Sliced Strawberries

Sliced Mango

Leftover chicken and salsa filling from Chicken and Cheese Chimichangas

Crushed Tortilla Chips

Cooked corn


What a delicious salad I made for lunch using leftovers…small victory for me!  


Do you like cilantro? What dishes do you use it for? Do you make your own salad dressing? Leave me a link or a recipe for your favorite homemade salad dressing. I always love trying new recipes! Happy cooking! 


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23 responses to “Cilantro Lime Salad Dressing Recipe

    • Thanks so much! There are some great recipes featured. I am glad you found some co-hosts to be able to keep the linky going. I love Tasty Tuesdays!

  1. I don’t think your plugin is working; I can’t see the recipe.
    But that sounds so good. I’ve recently started liking cilantro too.

    • Sorry about that! I fixed it, hopefully 🙂 Thanks for letting me know Laurel and I hope you try it out and tell me how you like it. Have a great day!

    • Hi Ang, I think cilantro must be an acquired taste. As a kid, my mom used it a lot in Indian cooking. I didn’t care for it and thought it had an overpowering taste. Now that I love to cook both Hispanic and Indian foods, I love cilantro and lime. Do you have some homemade dressing recipes to share with me? I haven’t tried too many.

    • Thanks Shirley, I am attempting to grow cilantro for the second time. Last year the thai basil took over the cilantro pot. This year’s bunch is doing great. I made the dressing and a batch of mojo sauce to eat with fried green plantains. Yum! Good luck with your garden. What else do you have planted?

  2. Wow! Very talented! Looks so yummy. I think I will make, but cheat with the dressing. Great, fresh combination of ingredients. Thanks for sharing! #ThrowbackThursdaylinkup

  3. This dressing sounds really good, thanks for sharing your recipe.

    I haven’t grown cilantro in a while, since I have trouble with it going to seed so quickly. Maybe I’ll have to try it again this year since we do use it often.

    • I have to cheat and buy a small plant to start our garden. Last year I transplanted seed and my plants didn’t thrive. The plant I bought already has 1 bunch worth so hopefully when I cut it, it will grow more 🙂

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