This Cilantro Lime Dressing has incredible flavor and only requires a handful of ingredients. It’s a fresh, creamy and balanced dressing that elevates any salad. 

If you’re not a fan of the typical salad bars at the grocery store, I totally get you. Staring at steel buckets full of standard cut up vegetables and bottled salad dressings doesn’t make me excited about eating salad.

When I eat a salad, I want thoughtfully selected ingredients that truly go together, plus a flavorful dressing that’s more than just olive oil and a little vinegar.

Drizzling Cilantro Lime Dressing Over Mexican Steak Salad

This creamy cilantro lime dressing is one of the best tasting dressings I know of, which is no surprise given the ingredients that are in it. Each one has so much flavor, as all things “Cilantro Lime” usually do.

This recipe is similar to my Cilantro Jalapeno Sauce in flavor, but more of a zingy and tangy take that makes it more akin to a salad dressing or vinaigrette.

It’s well-suited to many different types of salad, but especially Mexican-themed ingredients. Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a Steak Salad that has queso fresco, avocado, tomatoes, and more, that ties up perfectly with a drizzle of this Cilantro Dressing. I’ve also used this for chicken-centered salads, and sometimes drizzle it on pork too.

Cilantro Lime Dressing - Stored in mason jar with Salad in Back

The nice thing about this dressing is you can make it in the blender.

Just like Basil Vinaigrette, Romesco, and Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, simply toss in a bunch of ingredients and push the button. That’s all the work involved. I’m such a fan of blender sauces and dressings!

What’s in Cilantro Lime Dressing?

Here at the main flavors of the cilantro dressing: cilantro, jalapeño, fresh lime, garlic, yogurt, and olive oil.

Fresh cilantro, garlic cloves, jalapeno, lime, yogurt, and olive oil on wooden board for creamy cilantro dressing

It might seem like a simple ingredient list, but the flavor is outstanding. Let’s make it!

How to Make Cilantro Lime Dressing:

Place all the prepped ingredients except the olive oil into a blender, and add salt and pepper as well:

Chopped jalapeños, yogurt, cilantro, in blender jar

Blend the ingredients up until smooth:

Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing Blended in Blender Jar

Then add the olive oil and mix briefly, just until the oil is incorporated:

Adding extra virgin olive oil to cilantro lime dressing in blender jar

The reason we wait to add the olive oil at the end is because blended olive oil tends to become bitter in flavor. So we blend everything else first, then mix in the oil.

The dressing will have a creamy quality to it, but is still thin enough to be a dressing:

Lime Cilantro Dressing in Spoon Above Bowl

How long does Cilantro Lime Dressing Last?

You can store it for about 5 days before the flavor starts to deteriorate. I have no trouble using it up, and find it to be the perfect pairing for the steak salad I’ll be sharing here tomorrow. It goes well with chicken salads too!

More Easy Sauces made in the Blender:

Cilantro Lime Dressing Stored in mason jar with Salad in Back

Cilantro Lime Dressing

This Cilantro Lime Dressing has incredible flavor and only requires a handful of ingredients. It's a fresh, creamy and balanced dressing that elevates any salad. 

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  • 1 bunch cilantro*
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 3 large cloves garlic minced (2 tbsp minced)
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt**
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 6 tbsp (3 ounces) extra virgin olive oil


  •  If the ends of the cilantro stems look brown or old, trim them off, keeping as much of the stem as possible. The stems blend well and have great flavor. 
  • Cut the stem off the jalapeno, and remove the seeds and ribs from the jalapeno if you desire. Keeping those in will make the dressing more spicy, and they will blend up just fine.
  • Place the cilantro, jalapeno, minced garlic, lime juice, yogurt, salt, and pepper into a blender, and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds.
  • Add the olive oil, and blend for a few seconds, until just incorporated.
  • Taste and make any necessary seasoning adjustments. Then enjoy!
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


*Assuming you are washing the cilantro, make sure to dry it very thoroughly. Otherwise the leftover water will significantly thin out the dressing and make it less flavorful. The cilantro bunches I use are about 2 cups packed, and weigh 3.5 ounces with the stems.
**The fat of the yogurt is up to you, but I use a 2% here.


Calories: 77kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 67mg, Sugar: 1g

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.