Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Cilantro lime vinaigrette is light and refreshing. The lime adds a brightness and cilantro a flair of flavor!

This tasty dressing comes together in minutes, and is perfect for topping salads or marinating chicken or fish. For more delicious dressings try Homemade Ranch Dressing, Caesar Salad Dressing, and Creamy Pesto Dressing.

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette in a salad dressing container

Light & Refreshing

I am always in the mood for a tasty salad. They are light, refreshing, and can take on a variety of flavor profiles.

I love to have fresh dressings and vinaigrettes on hand, or at least ingredients needed to whip them up! That way when the craving hits, I’m ready to go.

This dressing is light and delicious. The cilantro and lime pair perfectly for a bright and sweet flavor. Blend this fresh dressing up in minutes and your on your way to salad heaven. Enjoy it as a vinaigrette, or add avocado or Greek yogurt to make it creamy!

Blending ingredients for cilantro lime vinaigrette dressing

Just Blend!

COMBINE. Add vinegar, cilantro, sugar, jalapeño, garlic and garlic salt to a blender and process together.

ADD. While processing the ingredients gradually add the oil on a steady stream.

BLEND. Blend to combine.

Storage: Store the vinaigrette in a glass jar in the fridge. It will last for about 5 days. Give it a little shake before pouring over your salad. You can also add a fresh squeeze of lime to brighten it up.

Ways to use it:This vinaigrette pairs well with any bowl of leafy greens. You can also toss it into a summer corn salad.

This cilantro lime vinaigrette dressing is not just for salads—you can or sprinkle it over roasted veggies. You can use it to marinate your chicken or seafood and then grill it. It’s also really yummy as a dressing for pork or chicken tacos

Cilantro lime vinaigrette dressing in blender

Dressing Ingredient Tips

Cilantro: Cilantro is one of those ingredients that you either love or hate. If you clicked on the post I’m assuming you’re a lover and you will not be disappointed. Use fresh cilantro and cut off the stems as they tend to affect the texture.

Jalapeños: The recipe states to remove the seeds, but if you like the heat go ahead and add a few. 

Make it creamy: If you want to turn this into a creamier cilantro lime vinaigrette dressing, simply add a bit of sour cream or even a couple of avocado slices. 

Cilantro lime vinaigrette in salad dressing container

For more dressing recipes, try:

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette Recipe

5 from 6 votes
Cilantro lime vinaigrette is light and refreshing. The lime adds a brightness and cilantro a flair of flavor!
Course Salad
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Calories 1437 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Equipment

  • blender

Ingredients

  • c white wine vinegar
  • ½ c fresh cilantro leaves
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • ¾ tsp garlic salt
  • 2/3 c olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Add vinegar, cilantro, sugar, jalapeño, garlic and garlic salt to a blender and process together.
  • While processing the ingredients gradually add the oil on a steady stream.
  • Blend to combine.

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About the Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve always preferred a vinaigrette type of dressing to creamy ones. This one is light and zesty. Yum!

  2. 5 stars
    Really easy to make and tastes great with not just a salad but to drizzle on chicken tacos, quesadillas, fajitas and so much more.

  3. Are those actually the numbers per serving!??? And what is a serving size? The nutritional stats are horrible

    1. A serving size is about 2 tablespoons. Those numbers would be for the full amount that the recipe makes, not for an individual serving size. 🙂

  4. This is a Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette, but I don’t see any lime or lime juice in the recipe. Could you please double check? Much appreciated!