Serve this cilantro lime dressing over Spring Mix Salad, Vegan Black Bean Nachos, or Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos. This delicious cilantro-lime salad dressing is made with fresh ingredients and one of those homemade salad dressing that tastes way better than store-bought versions.

vegan cilantro lime dressing in a glass jar, a blend of cilantro, lime garlic, salt on a wooden cutting board

Vegan Cilantro Lime Dressing

Hello, my friends, this is Michelle, I took a little over a week off from blogging and I missed you all. I spent some quality time with family, got a lot of personal business done, helped my daughter Devannah as she gets ready to go back to University, helped her photographed some of the recipes for our cookbook. One of the recipes that I made for my hubby was this easy cilantro lime dressing, it was a hit served with salad. 

There are hardly any store-bought salad dressings that can compare to homemade versions, nothing beats the fresh-tasting ingredients. This creamy cilantro lime dressing is loaded with fresh lime, garlic, and cilantro it will definitely boost the taste of any salad.

It is similar to the dressing on my Vegan Southwestern Salad with Avocado Dressing Recipe, except this time I didn’t add the avocado. 

Cilantro lime dressing ingredients of cilantro, garlic, lime

Ingredients For Cilantro Lime Dressing

This dressing has a simple ingredient list but you shouldn’t bet fooled by it, it has just the right balance of flavors.

Cashews – I used cashews because they are creamy and have a neutral-tasting flavor, you can substitute with sunflower seeds for a nut-free version. If you are allergic to cashews then substitute with blanched almonds and blend until smooth and creamy using a high-speed blender. You must use a high-speed blender when using almonds or else your salad dressing will turn out gritty.

Garlic – add to boost the flavor and its so good for the immune system.

Lime – great for its zesty flavor. 

Salt – for a boost of flavor I used Himalayan Pink Salt.

Cilantro – this fresh cilantro also know as coriander is sold at most supermarkets, Latino, West Indian and Indian grocery stores in bunches. Keep fresh bunch of cilantro in the refrigerator for 7-10 days.

How To Make Vegan Cilantro Lime Dressing?

  1. Place cashews, water, garlic, lime, salt and cilantro in a high-speed blender and process until smooth creamy. 
  2. Pour salad dressing in a sealed container and store in the refrigerator.

How Long Does Cilantro Lime Dressing Last?

Homemade cilantro lime dressing lasts for about 5-7 days refrigerated but our family usually eats it before then.

What To Serve With Cilantro Lime Dressing?

Serve your vegan cilantro lime dressing with any Mexican themed recipes like:

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Tips For Making Cilantro Lime Dressing

  • You can use half parsley and half cilantro for a milder cilantro flavor. 
  • For a sharper tangy flavor double the lime juice.
  • For a creamier dressing add avocado.
  • Add jalapeno pepper or cayenne pepper for a spicy salad dressing.

cilantro lime salad dressing in the front of a white bowl of salad with dressing poured on top

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Cilantro salad dressing in a glass jar with a spoonful on a brown wooden cutting board on a grey marble background with cilantro leaves as garnish.

Vegan Cilantro Lime Dressing

This amazing Vegan Cilantro Lime Dressing is simple and easy to prepare, made with only 6 ingredients, it is oil-free, flavorful and ready in only a few minutes.
5 from 14 votes
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cilantro lime dressing
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 30kcal


  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 2/3 cups water
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lime
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cilantro


  • Place cashews, water, garlic, lime, salt and cilantro in a high-speed blender and process until smooth creamy.
  • Keep salad dressing refrigerated until ready to use.


Calories: 30kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.4mg