Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette Recipe

5 minute cilantro lime vinaigrette recipe | Mexican Salad Dressing

For nearly 2 weeks, I have been searching Mexican restaurants across St. Louis to get my salad with a kick fix! I’ve enjoyed a lot of great salads & my family has enjoyed a lot of great Mexican, but even the most promising “jalapeño lime vinaigrette” fell flat. Just a few miles from our old home, there was a little restaurant, Salty Iguana, that I religiously ordered a side salad with cilantro lime vinaigrette along with chips & guacamole. It was unlike any other salad I’ve had. The “kick” made it feel like I was indulging on something much less diet friendly & never left me wanting more. Since I can hardly subject my family to another Mexican outing, I decided it was time to create a Salty Iguana Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette recipe. I NAILED it! Yes, I’m bragging. You have no idea how incredibly happy it made me as I continue my quest to lose weight & enjoy every bite I take.

5 minute cilantro lime vinaigrette recipe | Mexican Salad Dressing

This salad dressing has a few more ingredients than most of my vinaigrette recipes, but that’s also what makes it so satisfying while not having to load the salad with lots of other ingredients {though feel free, if you wish}!  Just 5 minutes in a blender or food processor for 3/4 c of salad dressing that remains fresh up to 5 days sealed & refrigerated. That’s nearly a week of fiesta fun!

5 minute cilantro lime vinaigrette recipe | Mexican Salad Dressing

A little step by step to show you just how easy it is! No chopping necessary.

5 minute cilantro lime vinaigrette recipe | Mexican Salad Dressing

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
 
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ½ bunch or handful of cilantro
  • 2 limes, juiced or ¼ c lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ jalapeño, remove seeds
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar {*see substitutions}
  • 8 cracks of salt
  • ¾ tsp spicy mustard
  • ¼ c olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a food processor or blender, combine cilantro, lime juice, jalapeño, garlic, & vinegar. Blend well.
  2. Add salt, mustard & olive oil. Blend.
  3. Toss with mixed greens.
A couple notes – don’t forget to remove jalapeño seeds, unless you like fire!

*You can substitute with white wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar.

This salad doesn’t need much, but some of my favorite toppings are freshly shredded cheddar or feta, tomatoes, corn, black beans, avocado & grilled chicken. At just 80 calories per serving of salad dressing, you can see why this cilantro lime vinaigrette recipe is a favorite!

5 minute cilantro lime vinaigrette recipe | Mexican Salad Dressing

Do you have a restaurant favorite you wish you could make at home?

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