Cilantro Lime Salad Dressing Recipe


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?


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! 



  1. That looks so good! I am featuring this and all the other link-ups were the top clicked posts for April tomorrow on Creative K Kids. Thanks for linking up with the Tasty Tuesday’s Link-up. I have pinned your post to the Tasty’s Tuesday’s Pinterest Board!

    1. 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!

  2. 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.

    1. 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!

  3. Thanks for sharing this great recipe! We do love cilantro!
    Pinning. Thanks for linking up at the Bloggers Brags Weekly Pinterest Party

    1. 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.

  4. I grew Cilantro for the first time this spring! Pinning this recipe to my Good Eats board so I can make it later. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Ultimate Linky.

    1. 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?

  5. 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

  6. 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.

    1. 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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