Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing (Great on Tacos)

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Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing made with green salsa, mayo, and herbs. Perfect for your favorite taco salad or to add to nachos! It’s simple to make, just throw it in the blender and go!

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You know those dips and sauces that you want to use with pretty much everything? Maybe your vice is salsa or ranch or a melty cheese sauce. Well, this Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing might make its way to the top of your list after you give it a try. It’s THAT good, and that easy to make. Seriously, all you need is a handful of ingredients, a blender, and a few minutes of your time.

This delicious dressing is good on ALL the things, too! Douse your salads and nachos in it, or drizzle it on top of a batch of tacos or enchiladas fresh out of the oven. The fresh and vibrant tastes of lime and cilantro melding together are some of my true favorites, and they really bring a burst of brightness to this dressing. It’s out of this world, and I can’t wait for you to give it a try.

Rich and Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing made with green salsa, mayo, and more that is perfect for your favorite taco salad or to add to nachos!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Flavorful and Delicious: This dressing really is SO GOOD. And it’s amazing on so many things.
  • Versatile: You can use it on tacos, burrito bowls, enchiladas, fresh veggies and more.
  • Crowd-pleaser: Everyone loves it! It’s not unusual to have to make a double batch because it gets used up so quickly.

Ingredients

  • Salsa Verde: it’s the star ingredient so pick one that you love to eat
  • Mayo
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Juice and Zest from 2 limes
  • Minced Garlic
  • Dried Parsley
  • Homemade Taco Seasoning
  • Salt and Pepper

See the recipe card below for full information on ingredients and quantities 

This Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing is absolutely divine on just about everything from tacos to salads, and it takes less than 5 minutes to make.
  • If you’re not a mayo lover, you can substitute sour cream or Greek yogurt. It won’t be exactly the same but it will be close. However, if you don’t like the flavor of mayo, this dressing is flavorful enough that you won’t be able to taste it, much like a homemade ranch dressing.
  • If you’re one of those people who doesn’t like cilantro, you may not mind it in this because of the mixture of flavors. If you find it still tastes too “soapy” to you though, you can substitute the same amount of fresh parsley.

How to Make Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

Step #1. Add all the ingredients to the blender. Blend until smooth.

Step #2. Use the dressing on everything! Enjoy!

What do you do if your dressing is too thin or too thick?

If your dressing is too thin, add some more mayo or even a spoonful or two of sour cream. If it’s too thick, blend in some more salsa or buttermilk to thin it out.

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Expert Tips

  • This is one of those recipes where fresh ingredients really matter. Use fresh squeezed lime juice and fresh cilantro. The bottled and dried stuff will just not be the same.
  • The flavor of this dressing is best if you can let it sit for a little while before using, even 30 minutes beforehand but ideally earlier in the day or the day before.
  • Feel free to experiment with add-ins – a little roasted garlic or a little diced jalapeno for kick would be delicious!
Rich and Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing made with green salsa, mayo, and more that is perfect for your favorite taco salad or to add to nachos!

How do you store Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing?

After you make it, put your dressing in an airtight container, ideally something that pours well like a Mason jar, and store it in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

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Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing (Great on Tacos)

Rich and Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing made with green salsa, mayo, and more that is perfect for your favorite taco salad or to add to nachos!
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 16 (Makes 2+ cups)

Ingredients 

  • 1 small can salsa verde, 7 ounces or about 2/3 cup
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1/2 a bunch cilantro
  • Juice and zest from 2 limes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons homemade taco seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
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Instructions 

  • Add all of the ingredients to the jar of your blender, and blend until smooth.
  • If the mixture is too thick, add a bit more salsa or a bit of buttermilk.
  • If the mixture is too thin, add more mayo or even some sour cream.
  • Serve on all the things.
  • Store extras in an airtight container in the fridge (such as a mason jar with a lid).
  • Use within 10 days.

Notes

  • If you like a little heat, add a jalapeno with the seeds removed.
  • If you like a lot of heat, add two whole jalapenos with the seeds. Blend it up and go!
  • For best flavor, make the dressing at least 30 minutes ahead of time.
  • Use a salsa verde that you like to eat – it’s an important flavor in this recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 2 tablespoons, Calories: 97kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 0.2g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.03g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 106mg, Potassium: 13mg, Fiber: 0.1g, Sugar: 0.2g, Vitamin A: 32IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 4mg, Iron: 0.1mg
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  1. Belinda says:

    Would you mind giving the size for the “small can salsa verde”? I usually buy salsa verde in jars. Thanks!

    1. Melissa says:

      It’s 7 ounces so you can do about 3/4 of a cup from your bigger jar!