With fresh cilantro and lime, this vinaigrette is simple to make but a great addition to any salad. You could also use this as a marinade.
Summer is here so today is about bright flavors. I realize most people don’t bother making a homemade salad dressing as it’s just easier to buy from the grocery store, but if you’ve never made your own, you’re missing out. While I’ve had cilantro vinaigrette multiple times at my favorite fast casual salad restaurant in Baltimore, Nalley Fresh, I never made it from scratch.
So today I decided to make my own and share with everyone here reading. It’s so easy to make something like this. You might be able to tell just by the one line of directions! But as I said, something fresh makes all the difference. And now that I think about it, I’ve never seen cilantro lime vinaigrette at the grocery store, but maybe I’m just looking in the wrong spot! I’m sure it is, but I’m choosing to believe it doesn’t exist.
If you’re feeling like a fresh summer salad, then I would give this cilantro lime vinaigrette a try. I decided to just use some kale, peppers, mango, corn and fresh avocado and it tasted great. You will not be disappointed. Hope you enjoy!
What Ingredients are in this Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette Recipe?
- Olive oil
- White vinegar
How to Make Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth and emulsified. Add water 1 tbsp at a time if you need to thin it out.
Do I Need a Blender to Make a Vinaigrette?
No although it makes life easier. You’ll want to finely chop the cilantro and then throw all of the ingredients in a glass jar that you can close. Just shake until it starts to emulsify.
How Long Does Homemade Vinaigrette Last?
It will last for 2 weeks if you place in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
What if I Don’t Like Cilantro?
I know cilantro is one of those things you either love or hate. Some think it tastes like heaven (like me), while others think it tastes like soap. It actually comes down to your genes. If you have the gene that codes for the receptor that picks up scent of aldehyde chemicals then you won’t like cilantro as it will smell/taste like soap. So if you’re in the latter group, you can easily just replace the cilantro with more Italian parsley, but the flavor will be different.
Salad Recipes to Use this Vinaigrette With
Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp white vinegar
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tbsp water (if needed to thin out)
- Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth and emulsified. Add water if you need to thin out. Store in refrigerator for 3-4 days.