Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

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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.

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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:

  • ½ bunch cilantro leaves
  • ¼ cup lime juice, 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 clove of garlic (minced)
  • ¾ teaspoon spicy brown mustard
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Creamy cilantro lime dressing in a tapered glass open top bottle.

Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

Greek yogurt makes this easy Cilantro Lime Dressing ultra-creamy. The 5-ingredient homemade salad dressing is so tasty, you'll want to drink the ranch dressing alternative by the spoonful!
Author: Meggan Hill
5 from 28 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 16 servings (2 tbsp each)
Course Pantry
Cuisine American
Calories 70

Ingredients 

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

Instructions 

  • In a food processor, combine cilantro, yogurt, lime juice, and garlic. Blend until smooth.
  • With the motor running, slowly add olive oil through the feed-tube. Season to taste with salt and pepper (I like ¼ teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper). Chill until serving.

Notes

  1. Plain Greek yogurt: For a richer texture and flavor, opt for a fat level of 2% or higher. That said, any plain Greek yogurt from 0% up works for this creamy salad dressing. Sour cream is a great substitute, if you prefer.
  2. Garlic: Mince the garlic before adding to the food processor, otherwise, you may be left with large chunks of garlic in the salad dressing. (Which I certainly don't mind, but know that not everyone loves.)
  3. Yield: This Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing recipe makes about 2 cups. This is equivalent to 32 tablespoons, enough for 16 2-tablespoon servings.
  4. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tbspCalories: 70kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 6mgPotassium: 36mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 137IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
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