Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing Recipe

An easy, creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing made with Greek yogurt! So good you’ll want to eat it with a spoon. Guaranteed to brighten up any salad!

This is one of those salad dressings previously reserved for dine-in and take-out situations only.

The fresh, vibrant colors and flavors previously reserved for Tex-Mex entree salads at your favorite restaurant are about to take over you kitchen, and it couldn’t be easier. Or more delicious.

Cilantro Lime Dressing - a photo of a clear jar full of a green cilantro lime dressing with a white bowl of salad in the background - click photo for full written recipe

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How do you make Cilantro Lime Dressing?

Blend cilantro leaves (stems removed and discarded, or fed to your cat) in a food processor with Greek yogurt, lime juice, and minced garlic.

  • Pro Tip: Even though you’re making this in a food process or blender, you should still mince the garlic so you don’t accidentally end up with a random large piece of raw garlic.

Next, with the motor running, drizzle in olive oil. Season to taste with s&p!

Cilantro Lime Dressing - a photo of a clear jar full of a green cilantro lime dressing being poured onto a salad - click photo for full written recipe

Besides the pretty green color, you can look forward to a protein boost from the Greek yogurt and extra vitamins from all the fresh herbs from this fabulous Cilantro Lime Dressing. Delicious!

How do you make a Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette (instead of a creamy version)?

In a food processor or blender combine:

  • 1/2 bunch cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup lime juice, 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 clove of garlic (minced)
  • 3/4 teaspoon spicy brown mustard
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cilantro Lime Dressing - a photo a green salad covered in cilantro lime dressing in a white bowl with halved limes at the bottom - click photo for full written recipe


Creamy cilantro lime dressing in a dressing jar.

Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing Recipe

An easy, creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing made with Greek yogurt! So good you'll want to eat it with a spoon. Guaranteed to brighten up any salad! Naturally gluten free.
5 from 15 votes
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Course: Pantry
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 16 servings (2 tbsp each)
Calories: 79kcal
Author: Meggan Hill


  • 2 cups cilantro leaves, stems removed
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (from 2 limes)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • In a food processor, combine cilantro, yogurt, garlic, lime juice, and salt. Blend until smooth.
  • With the motor running, slowly add olive oil through the feed-tube. Season to taste with salt and pepper (I like 1/4 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper). Chill at least 10 minutes to blend flavors.


  1. Be sure to mince the garlic before adding to the food processor. Otherwise, you may have large chunks of garlic in the salad dressing.


Calories: 79kcal
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  1. Daricelynn

    Megan, just curious as to why ingredients change from “How to make” to actual recipe.

    1. meggan

      Hey there, I’m thinking you saw the section for “how to make cilantro lime vinaigrette” which is different than the recipe card for Cilantro-lime dressing. That is REALLY confusing and I”m sorry about that, who is running this site?! But jokes aside, the one in the recipe card is a creamy dressing, but in the body of the post we talk about both the creamy version AND a vinaigrette version. I think that’s what you saw. I’ll go fix the post so it’s not confusing. I’m really sorry about that. Thanks for pointing it out! -Meggan

  2. WRK

    Get yourself a Vitamix and just throw all the the ingredients in except the oil. You need to include the stems because that’s where the flavor is. You will never know stems were added because the Vitamix will destroy them.5 stars

  3. Whitney

    This will go perfectly with a meal I’m making tonight – it tastes good on its own! I just halved it and stir in a mix of avocado oil and EVOO at the end because of the blender that I was using. I’m making a copycat bowl of a meal I just ate at a restaurant in Charlottesville. Here’s the link if you’re interested. It’s the El Jefe bowl!
    Thanks for the recipe! stars

  4. Bee

    This is my favorite dressing! You make it look so easy so I’m totally trying this at home. Thank you!5 stars

  5. Krisitn

    This was so amazing. I’m getting bored of my normal salad dressings, and this one knocked it out of the park! I used sour cream instead of yogurt since it’s what I had, but it came out great! Thank you!5 stars

  6. Sandra Petrie

    Hi. This site for cilantro lime dressing has two recipes. One has the addition of white wine vinegar, brown sugar and spicy brown mustard. The other does not include these ingredients. 
    Which is correct?

  7. Ice

    I loved the dressing add 1/4 cup of orange  and honey..I’m not used to put a yogurt .. 

  8. ruth

    Hi, where did you get the cool container for your homemade dressing? Thanks!5 stars

    1. meggan

      Hi Ruth! I got it on Amazon, you can find it here ($7.19 from where I’m sitting):
      This is not an affiliate link, I don’t make any money if you click on this and buy anything! I love the little jug. :) Thanks Ruth! Take care.

  9. Emily Gaetano

    Love this dressing !!

    How long does it keep until?5 stars

  10. S. Quinn

    Must use Greek yogurt. I used regular yogurt and it was too runny. Cut the garlic in half too for a family member who does not like garlic. Regardless it was delicious.5 stars

  11. Adriana

    Hiii Megghan, would you mind sharing what inmersión blender/food processor  you have?? 

    1. meggan

      Hi Adriana! I have a KitchenAid food processor. It’s several years old – probably from 2007 or 2008 or something like that. My blender is from Blendtec. I bought it on Black Friday a few years ago on Amazon. I do also have a Kitchen Aid immersion blender, but it’s still in the box after a few years. I’ve never used it. I hope this is helpful. Thank you!

  12. Monika

    I just saw your receipe for the first time. I have really enjoyed using avocado oil for cooking, so I am going to try that instead of the olive oil. Just made a similar dressing with Mayonnaise and also added a liittle cumin, ground fresh black pepper, fresh pressed garlic and a dash of onion powder. That dressing was really great with our Mexican dish. Thanks for the recipe Meggan. I just made my own yogurt and wanted a different receipe.5 stars

  13. Deborah Mickow

    I have found, that even using Extra Virgin oil can make things bitter. I made a Japanese mayonnaise with it and, it was HORRIBLE! Had to throw it away…I used safflower oil instead and, it was AWESOME!!!! This dressing is very good with both sunflower and safflower oil in place of the olive oil…virgin or not. I too added a touch of honey..It was so good! Thank you for the recipe Meggan

    1. meggan

      Thank you so much for the insights Deborah!!! I always forget about safflower and sunflower oils… need to get those on hand and start making my recipes with them! I don’t really buy Extra Virgin Olive Oil because I don’t care for the taste. I so appreciate your comment, thank you for sharing. :) Have a great weekend!

  14. Eileen

    What is the calorie count for 2 tablespoons of this dressing?

    1. meggan

      Hi Eileen, I finally added nutrition info for this recipe. The calorie count for 2 Tbsp is 157 calories. Thanks for your question!

  15. Hailey

    This recipe looks amazing. Any clue how long it stays good for once refridgerated?

    1. meggan

      Hey there, Hailey! I’d say about 3 days, 4 at the most. That’s the standard for most things in the fridge, and I know I’ve held on to this and used it for a few days without issue. I hope that helps! Thanks for your question. Take care!

  16. Karla

    Delicious!!!!5 stars

  17. MommaCooks

    Our family loves this dressing.  We use it to make a cole slaw to go with shrimp tacos.  Our latest use was for a chicken salad wrap.  We loaded a tortilla with avocados and diced chicken tossed in the dressing.  Thanks for a great recipe.5 stars

    1. Caitlin

      That sounds fantastic to make a cole slaw! Heading out now to get ingredients.

    2. meggan

      I agree, Caitlin, sounds like a great dressing for cole slaw. I’d probably throw extra cilantro in the slaw, too. Sounds perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Mom Massie

    I realize I’m late to the party but I wanted to chime in on how the dressing might have been bitter. When using fresh garlic be sure the garlic hasn’t sprouted. Not that you can’t use sprouted garlic but you will want to remove the sprouting portion or you will have marked bitter garlic flavor.  Slice the clove long wise and remove the sprout from the center. The sprout should be easy to remove. If it’s difficult to remove then your garlic is beyond saving and you’re better off planting it than to use it in cooking.  Hope this helps someone and thanks for the recipe. Also, I’m not  a big fan of the tangy flavor of yogurt in dressings so I’m substituting this ingredient with sour cream. Thanks again!

    1. meggan

      I appreciate all the comments! I will have to experiment with this dressing more to try to offset the bitterness. I’m not sure if my palette is just wacky or why that never bothered me. But, thank you for your tips, especially on the garlic!!! And I agree, sour cream is positively heavenly. Great choice.

  19. Jenn

    I’ve tried this recipe several times & found it a little bitter so i added a little honey to take the bitterness out – turned out great!5 stars

    1. meggan

      Hi Jenn, I am so glad you found a way to make it to your liking! I am definitely going to add honey next time, just to see how the flavor changes. Sounds perfect. :) Thank you!

  20. Fay

    I haven’t done this yet but I’m thinking about adding some Mexican seasonings, I absolutely love cilantro.5 stars

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