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Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

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Creamy cilantro lime dressing is enjoyed on both sides of the border where my husband and I live in California and Mexico. Although the internet is filled with different variations of this popular salad dressing recipe, this special California-Mexico hybrid is hands down the most scrumptious cilantro lime dressing you’ve ever tasted. When I serve this at large backyard gatherings or for work parties we host at our home, everyone is asking for the recipe. It’s been kept as a closely-guarded family secret until today. But now this fantastic recipe for creamy cilantro lime dressing belongs to you too. So get your taste buds ready for a real treat!

Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing sprinkled with colorful tortilla strips.

About Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

For the Mexico-inspired portion of this recipe we’re using tomate verde (tomatillos), avocado, lime juice, pepitas (roasted and salted pumpkin seeds), and a little bit of fresh jalapeno chili pepper. For the California portion of this recipe we’re incorporating a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing and seasoning mix. Over 50 years ago the founder of Hidden Valley Ranch in Santa Barbara, California produced a fabulous salad dressing that is now packaged and sold in stores across the globe. So it’s quite fitting that we’re incorporating a sprinkling of that delicious unique taste that originated in my own home state.

Creamy Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing made fresh from scratch.

Ingredients for Cilantro Lime Dressing

These are the recipe ingredients you’ll need to make ultra-fabulous cilantro lime dressing: fresh cilantro leaves, tomatillos, Haas avocado, lime juice, buttermilk, sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic cloves, chopped onion, minced jalapeno, pepitas, packet of Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning mix, and salt and pepper.

Cilantro Lime Dressing served in a glass salad dressing container.

Recipe for Cilantro Lime Dressing

You’re going to love how easy it is to make this yummy Mexican salad dressing recipe! Remove the stems from the cilantro. Husk and quarter the tomatillos. Peel and remove the pit from the avocado. Chop a small amount of onion and jalapeno. Measure out the remainder of the ingredients. Now you’re ready for the fun the part! Toss all of the ingredients into a food processor. Pulse until the creamy cilantro lime dressing reaches the desired consistency you’ve been craving. It doesn’t take long. It’s literally that simple.

Creamy Mexican salad dressing made with cilantro, avocado and lime juice.

Transfer the cilantro lime dressing into your favorite salad dressing container. And please – dip your little finger into the mixture and have a taste! Mmmm…isn’t that scrumptious? If time allows, refrigerate the cilantro lime dressing for 30-60 minutes so the mixture can further thicken up. This will also give the Mexican and California flavors within the dressing enough time to hold hands, dance together and beautifully meld like magic!

Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing served over a crisp garden salad.

How to Serve Cilantro Lime Dressing

Drizzle or pour yummy cilantro lime dressing over your favorite Mexican salad. Or substitute this popular salad dressing for any occasions when you usually use Ranch. Include it when making a vegetable tray. Cilantro lime dressing is the perfect dipping sauce for fresh veggies like carrots, zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers and grape tomatoes. Your family and friends will absolutely love it!

Homemade cilantro lime dressing served in a bowl.

Best Kitchen Tools for This Cilantro Lime Dressing Recipe

Now that I have one, it’s really hard to remember kitchen life without my efficient and essential Breville Sous Chef food processor with attachments. It makes cooking and whipping up recipes, like this cilantro lime dressing, super quick and delightful!

Delicious, creamy cilantro lime salad dressing enjoyed with a Mexican salad.

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Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing


Description

Creamy cilantro lime dressing is enjoyed on both sides of the Mexican border. This recipe produces the most scrumptious cilantro lime dressing you’ve ever tasted. Your taste buds are in for a real treat! Cilantro lime dressing is a perfect substitute for Ranch dressing. Use it for salads, as an appetizer dip, as a sandwich spread, and as a dipping sauce for onion rings, oven-baked French fries and crispy chicken tenders.


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh cilantro leaves (approximately 2 bunches)
  • 3 medium tomatillos, husked and quartered
  • 1 medium Haas Avocado, peeled and pit removed
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon jalapeno, seeds removed and minced
  • 1 tablespoon pepitas (roasted salted pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 one-ounce packet Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing/seasoning mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Remove the stems from the cilantro. Husk and quarter the tomatillos. Peel and remove the pit from the avocado. Chop a small amount of onion and jalapeno. Measure out the remainder of the ingredients.
  2. Add all of the ingredients to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the cilantro lime dressing reaches a nice creamy consistency.
  3. Transfer the cilantro lime dressing into a salad dressing container. If time allows, refrigerate the cilantro lime dressing for 30-60 minutes before serving. This will allow the mixture to further thicken up, and the ingredients will have a chance to meld and blend together for an enhanced flavor.

  • Category: Lunch, Dinner, Potluck, Party
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: Mexican, American, Tex-Mex

Keywords: creamy cilantro lime dressing, cilantro lime dressing recipe, cilantro lime salad dressing

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Do you enjoy making fresh, delicious salad dressings from scratch? What are your favorite salad dressing recipes? What do you think about this creamy cilantro lime dressing? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

22 thoughts on “Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing”

  1. I love cilantro lime dressing and am so happy to have stumbled upon your recipe. I had no idea pepitas were a part of the ingredient list! You just can’t beat the flavor of homemade dressings and I can’t wait to make your recipe.

    • Hi Erin! What you see in my images is actually a double batch of this scrumptious cilantro lime dressing. My husband and I are gearing up to host a big family BBQ this weekend, so I need to have enough salad dressing on hand to feed a crowd. When purchasing buttermilk and sour cream for this recipe, I look at the expiration dates of these products. It will determine how long I can expect my cilantro lime dressing to last in the refrigerator. But around here, it’s usually used up by the end of the week.

  2. Looks so good and reminds me of summer. Thank you for also including other foods that this dressing compliments. Can’t wait to try. Will be adding to my salad pinterest board.

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