Lime-Cilantro Vinagreta

When searching for Sauce & Salsa recipes on the Rick Bayless website for last week's I Heart Cooking Clubs theme, I was torn between two recipes.  After much thought and consideration, and a little input from Hubby and the kiddies, I went with the Tangy Peanut-Avocado salsa.  A wise and delicious decision, if I do say so myself.   One Hubby is still raving about it. the days passed by and the temperature outside continued to soar to the mid-90's, I couldn't stop thinking about that other recipe: a Lime-Cilantro dressing with serrano chilies.  April and May are the hottest months of the year here.  Perfect weather for a cool, crisp salad.   The salad I had in mind - made with romaine lettuce, sliced tomato and red onion, golden kernels of corn, and ripe avocado - would taste even better with the addition of lime and cilantro.

This Lime-Cilantro Vinagreta was superb.  Not the least bit overpowering, like some dressings can be.  My only complaint is that it didn't have enough heat.  (This from the Gringa who swears she can't handle spicy food.  I guess times, they are a changin'.)  Next time I make this, and believe me there will be a next time very soon, I'll either add more serrano chilies or try using jalapeño peppers instead.  I would love to try a creamier version using Mexican crema.

Have you ever made your own salad dressing?

Lime-Cilantro Vinagreta
(recipe from


  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 2 serrano chilies (or 1 fresh jalapeño)
  • salt


In a blender cup, puree the olive oil, lime juice, grated lime zest, cilantro, and serrano chilies until smooth; season with salt.  Pour the vinagreta into a jar, cover tightly, and refrigerate until ready to use.  Shake well before serving.  Enjoy!!!

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  1. Mmmmm...this sounds SO good! And that salad in the background - hold on, I'm coming over!!! =)

  2. Visiting from girlichef's blog. WOW! Your recipes are amazing, I'm so following you. Please, please, please come share your Mexican/TexMex recipes at my Fiesta-Cinco de Mayo linky party I'm holding now through the Seis de Mayo :) I'd love to see you there!! Here's the link: Thanks so much, -Bev

  3. I've made a similar lime-cilantro vinaigrette before and it truly does work perfectly with Mexican food. The peanut salsa, however, is completely new and is already flagged for future use. As always, your photos are just so pretty.

  4. Beautiful! I love the verdant nature of the dressing, so very spring-like. Great pick!

  5. I definitely need to try this dressing--I am sure the fresh tangy and herbal taste is just perfect. Your salad in the background is drool-worthy. ;-)

  6. Oh yum. love the pics Leslie, que rico. and with the temps rising, even better!