Honey Cilantro Lime Sauce

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I went to a restaurant recently that is known for its cilantro lime sauce. It was pretty delicious, but I realized that I’ve been making something very similar for years.
cilantro lime sauce
This is a simple blended sauce that I originally made as a salad dressing. It gets its flavor from cilantro, lime juice, garlic, and honey. I add some plain Greek yogurt for creaminess and a little bit of avocado oil for richness. I’ve experimented over the years with other things — avocado instead of yogurt, adding spices like cumin and chili powder. Occasionally I’ll add a jalapeno if I have one laying around. But I’ve never found any of those changes to be enough to stick — the avocado gives it a gummy texture, and spices can sometimes take away from the cilantro and lime flavor. None of them are bad necessarily, just not good enough to be permanent.
cilantro lime sauce
How do you use this cilantro lime sauce? My favorite is as a salad dressing. It is perfect in a taco salad with black beans, corn, and crunchy tortilla chips. It also makes a delicious dip for tortilla chips alongside some salsa. Seriously — make this and put it out at your next party next to your chips and salsa and watch it disappear. It’s also great on grilled fish or shrimp. One of my favorite ways to eat it if I have a jar in the fridge is to drizzle some on a ripe avocado as a snack. You can adjust the consistency to whatever you’re making by adding more yogurt for a dip or a bit of water or more oil for a salad dressing.
I’ve been making this so long that I don’t really measure anything. I just throw everything in the blender and taste it. Since most of the ingredients are fresh, sometimes the flavor isn’t exactly the same. In that case, I’ll add another clove of garlic, some more lime juice, or honey. And while I’m not against bottled lime juice as a whole, I’ve found that this sauce is always better with fresh limes. Just something to keep in mind.
cilantro lime sauce

Honey Cilantro Lime Sauce

This fresh bright cilantro lime sauce is the perfect addition to salads, veggies, and more. Once you try it, you’ll want to put it on everything!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • Salt to taste


  • Put all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste, and adjust the seasonings based on your preference.


Storing leftovers: Sauce best used after making but can be stored in the fridge for a day.
Variations: You can swap the yogurt for half an avocado, and add a jalapeño if you’d like. Some seasonings — cumin, coriander, chili powder, smoked paprika — can be added in small amounts, about 1/4 teaspoon if desired.
Pairs well with: Sweet Corn and Pepper Jack Quesadillas, Blackened Salmon with Cheddar Jalapeño Brown Rice, Low and Slow Sweet Potatoes
Nutrition information is only an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. View full nutrition disclousre.
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