Cilantro Lime Dressing

I admit, I am not a huge salad dressing user. Most of my salads are dressed with just a little olive oil and that is it. That said, sometimes it is nice to take your salad to that next level… and this cilantro lime dressing does just that.

This dressing is a favorite of mine because I like a little heat with my salad. Who am I kidding? I like a little heat with my salads, popsicles, soups, sangrias and everything else. It is great for rounding out almost any salad but it really shines on those with fruits like the avocado, or anything tropical.


  • 2 Limes
  • 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • ¼ Cup Cilantro, chopped
  • 4 Teaspoons Serrano Peppers, minced
  • ¾ Teaspoon Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Sugar

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Total Time
5 minutes

Prep time
5 minutes

Main Ingredients:

Cilantro, Lime

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1. Zest one of the limes and set aside. This zest will be used later but you want to do this before juicing the limes. Afterwards really isn’t an option.

Lime Dressing

2. Now add the 4 teaspoons of serrano pepper and the 2 limes, juiced, to a small container and set it aside. Let it infuse depending on how hot you want the dressing. About 5 minutes should give you a decent amount of heat and body. If you want more, let it set for longer.

Spicy Lime Dressing

3. While the serrano is infusing the lime juice, mix together the remaining ingredients. Just add the lime zest, 4 tablespoons of olive oil, 1/4 cup cilantro, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon sugar to a small mixing bowl and whisk it all together.

Cilantro Dressing

4. Now add the lime juice, straining out the serranos. Mix together and enjoy!

Cilantro Lime Dressing-2

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