Transform your dishes with this homemade cilantro lime vinaigrette that’s made with just a few simple ingredients. It’s a zesty option for salads, grilled meats, seafood, and roasted veg. 

What We Love About This Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette 

  • Versatile: It can be used as a salad dressing, sauce, marinade, dip, or sauce. 
  • Bright and Zesty: This cilantro lime vinaigrette has a bright and zesty flavor profile, thanks to the combination of fresh cilantro, tangy lime juice, and savory garlic.
Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette Ingredients

  • Fresh Cilantro: Fresh cilantro is the star ingredient in this dish and really helps to bright up the whole dressing.
  • Lime Juice: Tangy and citrusy lime juice complements the cilantro perfectly.
  • Olive Oil: Extra-virgin olive oil serves as the base of the vinaigrette, adding richness and smoothness to the dressing.
  • Garlic: Garlic adds savory component to the dressing. 
  • Jalapeno: Aside from adding heat, jalapeno also adds plenty of flavor to the dressing. 
  • Honey: Honey adds sweetness and also serves to balance out the acidity from the lime juice. 
  • Seasoning: Some salt and pepper enhance all of the flavors in this dressing.
Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

How to Make Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette 

  1. Combine the ingredients. Mix together the cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, honey, garlic clove, seeded jalapeno, salt, and black pepper.
    Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
  2. Blend until smooth. Make sure there are chunks left.  
    Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
  3. Season to taste. Keep adjusting the ingredients as you go along.
  4. Use immediately

Storing and Freezing Instructions: 

  • To Store: Prepare the cilantro lime vinaigrette in advance and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days. 
  • To Freeze: For long-term storage, pre-portion the cilantro lime vinaigrette by transferring it to ice cube trays. Once frozen, transfer the cubes to an airtight container. 

Recipe Variations

  • Add more heat: This recipe already calls for some jalapeno, but feel free to add an extra pinch or two of red pepper flakes. 
  • Enhance the citrus flavor: Try adding a splash of orange juice or grapefruit juice along with the lime juice.
  • Make it creamy: Blend in a tablespoon of Greek yogurt or mayonnaise until smooth and creamy.

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Transform your dishes with this homemade cilantro lime vinaigrette. Pairs incredibly well with salads, grilled meats, seafood, and roasted veggies. 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 0.5 cups



  • Add all the ingredients to a small food processor and process until smooth.
  • Use immediately or refrigerate until ready to use.


Shake or stir the vinaigrette well before using it, as the ingredients may separate over time when stored in the refrigerator.
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Emma Kelly

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