Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette is perfect for adding a burst of flavor to your favorite dishes! If you love the bright, vibrant flavors of cilantro and lime, you’ll adore this easy salad dressing recipe.
- Make it in 5 minutes. This recipe is incredibly quick and easy to make. With just a few simple ingredients and a whisk, you can have a delicious homemade vinaigrette in just five minutes.
- Healthy. This homemade salad dressing is made with fresh ingredients like cilantro, lime juice, and olive oil.
- Special diet friendly. Naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and egg-free.
The Perfect Summer Dressing: Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
If you’re anything like me, you’re always on the lookout for new ways to add a little pizzazz to your meals. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that a great dressing can make all the difference — and actually make you look forward to eating salad!
I know cilantro can be polarizing, but trust me when I say that if you’re a fan, this vinaigrette is a game-changer. The fresh, zesty flavor of the cilantro combined with the tangy lime juice creates a dressing that’s bright and refreshing.
What I love most about this vinaigrette, though, is its versatility.
Whether you’re tossing it with a simple green salad, drizzling it over grilled chicken, or using it as a marinade for your favorite seafood, it can add a little extra something to so many meals.
Plus, it’s super easy to make and can be stored in the fridge for up to a week, making it perfect for meal prep or those busy weeknights when you want to whip up something delicious in a hurry.
Ingredients You’ll Need
Fresh cilantro. Lots of it!
Lime juice. 1-2 juicy limes should do it!
Olive oil. You can also use avocado oil, or your favorite neutral oil.
Garlic. For a little extra punch!
For a smoother dressing, you’ll also need a blender. I use my nutribullet, which is great for blending small amounts.
Tips and Tricks:
For a creamier salad dressing, add a tablespoon of sour cream or Greek yogurt to the mixture.
If you prefer a spicier vinaigrette, add a pinch of red pepper flakes, a few dashes of hot sauce, or a chopped jalapeño pepper to the mixture.
This vinaigrette is also delicious as a marinade for chicken, shrimp, or fish. Simply marinate the protein for 30 minutes to an hour before grilling or baking.
How to serve it:
On a salad (I love it on this Southwest Barbecue Chicken Salad)
As a marinade for chicken.
Drizzled over grilled vegetables or corn on the cob.
As a sauce for tacos (especially grilled fish tacos!)
On meal prep rice bowls with black beans, sweet potato, and avocado (I love making these for lunch!)
Commonly asked questions
How do I store it?
Keep this dressing in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week!
Can I substitute other herbs for cilantro?
Yes, but keep in mind that it will change the flavor profile. Basil and parsley are both nice alternatives!
Can I make this vinaigrette without lime juice?
Lime juice is a key ingredient in this recipe, but you can substitute it with lemon juice or vinegar for a similar tangy flavor.
Can I use this vinaigrette as a marinade?
Absolutely! This vinaigrette works great as a marinade for chicken, fish, or tofu.
Will this vinaigrette work well on roasted vegetables?
Yes, this vinaigrette is a great way to add some flavor to roasted vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, or cauliflower.
Can I make this vinaigrette in advance and freeze it?
While you can freeze this vinaigrette, it’s best to make it fresh as needed for the best flavor.
Can I double or triple this recipe to make a larger batch?
Absolutely! This recipe can easily be scaled up or down depending on your needs.
Can I use this vinaigrette on fish tacos or other Mexican dishes?
Yes, this vinaigrette is a great way to add additional flavor to tacos, burrito bowls, or other Mexican-inspired dishes.
More salad dressing recipes you’ll love:
- Healthy Greek Yogurt Caesar Dressing
- Basic Vinaigrette
- Easy Homemade Miso Sauce
- Pesto Vinaigrette
- Hummus Vinaigrette
Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
- high-power blender optional
- ½ cup fresh lime juice
- ½ cup olive oil or avocado oil
- ½ cup fresh cilantro
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 2 cloves garlic grated
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- Combine the lime juice, oil, cilantro, and honey in a blender container.
- Blend for 15-10 seconds, or until your desired consistency is reached.
- Stir in the garlic and season with salt.