Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

By Maria Lichty

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Quick Summary

This easy cilantro lime vinaigrette is great as a salad dressing or sauce for chicken, fish, vegetables, steak, tacos, and more. It is good on just about everything! 

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Homemade salad dressings are the best and SO easy to make. A few of my favorites include: basil vinaigrette, balsamic vinaigrette, creamy cilantro lime dressing, and Caesar dressing.

I also LOVE this Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette. The flavors are fresh, robust, and the color is bright green, which just happens to be my favorite color.

If you love my creamy cilantro lime dressing, I know you will love this one too. This cilantro dressing is dairy-free and vegan and has amazing flavor!

You only need a handful of ingredients and a blender (or food processor) to whip up this flavorful dressing! It only takes 5 minutes to make and you can keep it in the fridge for up to one week.

Drizzle it over your favorite salads! It is especially good with my Southwest Quinoa Salad. It is also great with grilled chicken, fish, steak, tacos, and more! If you like cilantro, I guarantee you are going to love this simple vinaigrette!

ingredients in bowls and bunch of cilantro in glass on tray ready to make cilantro lime vinaigrette.

Ingredients

  • Cilantro– remove the stems and pack the leaves into a measuring cup. You will need 2 cups. Buy 2 bunches to be safe.
  • Shallot– you can find shallots in the produce section by the garlic. A small shallot is fine.
  • Garlic
  • Lime Juice– always use fresh lime juice, not bottles.
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Oil– you can use olive oil or avocado oil.
  • Kosher salt and black pepper– to taste!

How to Make Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

cilantro lime vinaigrette ingredients in blender.
  • In a blender, combine the cilantro, shallot, garlic, lime juice, red wine vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Blend the dressing until smooth. It will be a vibrant green color!
  • Taste and add more salt and pepper, if necessary. If you want more lime flavor, you can always add an extra squeeze of lime juice too!
cilantro lime vinaigrette in blender.

Serving Suggestions

Use this dressing to top your favorite salads. A few of salad recipes that pair well with this dressing are: Steak Salad, Taco Salad, Charred Corn & Avocado Quinoa Salad, and Fresh Corn Salad.

You can also use it to add flavor to:

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Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

This easy cilantro lime vinaigrette is great as a salad dressing or sauce for chicken, fish, vegetables, steak, tacos, and more. It is good on just about everything! 
4.62 from 13 votes

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups cilantro, packed and stems removed
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil or avocado oil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a blender, combine the cilantro, shallot, garlic, lime juice, red wine vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth.
  • Serve as a salad dressing or drizzle over fish, chicken, or veggies!

Notes

The dressing will keep in a jar or airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Nutrition

Calories: 100kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 0.2g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 29mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 0.3g, Vitamin A: 217IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 4mg, Iron: 0.1mg
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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 5 stars
    I made the dressing for the zucchini corn salad and while the whole meal was delicious, this dressing blew my mind. Lick-the-bowl-clean delicious and so easy to make. I can’t wait to try it in other dishes.