…and it really ain’t easy bein’ cilantro. Cilantro gets such a bad rap sometimes, and I don’t know why. It seems so nice and mild to me. It’s never caused any trouble. And yet for some reason, it has so many haters.

This could in part be due to the fact that some people are genetically predisposed to think cilantro tastes like soap. Weird, but true. I certainly hope you’re not one of those people. You’d be totally missing out. I also hope you’re not one of those people who lacks the gene for winking…because that’s just sad.

We happen to love cilantro in my family. We have an amazing fresh salsa recipe (I might post that near the 4th of July) and we always add way more cilantro than it calls for. Perhaps that’s why warm weather makes me want some cilantro.

So when I came across this recipe for Cilantro Lime Dressing, I thought I’d give it a try.I had hopes of it being really creamy, but it wasn’t so much, so I added in some light sour cream I just happened to need to use up and the result was delicious. Too bad it doesn’t photograph well.

I tossed it with green beans, orange slices, cucumer and fresh mint. It ended up being a fairly tasty combo but not worthy of putting on my blog (because of the combo of veggies/fruits, but not because of the dressing). I think in the future I’d just stick to dressing a plain old lettuce salad, but you can do whatever you want with it. I won’t judge.

Now if you don’t like cilantro, I can’t promise that you’ll like this recipe, but you could at least make it for everyone else to enjoy. Just understand that you’ll be missing out.

Cilantro Lime Dressing

Adapted from Everyday Health

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Makes about 1 cup

*This dressing is best after refrigeration because it gets creamier. Make a day ahead.

1.5 cups cilantro, packed
1/3 cup oil, olive, extra virgin
1/3 cups lime juice
1/3 cups orange juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper, black
1 pinch garlic, minced
1/3 cup low fat sour cream

Puree cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, orange juice, salt, pepper, garlic and sour cream in a blender or food processor until smooth.


  1. What, some people hate cilantro? They can’t come to my place for dinner. Anise I get (though I love it). Brussels sprouts I get (although I love them). But cilantro? What is wrong with people today! OK, deep breaths…. I love this dressing. I think it’s inventive and fresh and it features one of my favorite herbs.

    • I know…people these days, sheesh! ;) Anise took me some getting used to but now I love it, and fennel too. My brussel sprout hash recipe I posted a few months ago can make a brussel sprout lover out of even the harshest critic! Glad you like this recipe :)

  2. i can see this dressing going really well with those corncakes….! :D have you tried combining them together?

    • No, but that’s a great idea. I tried putting salsa on them but found that it completely overpowered the corncakes so I stuck with just the chopped avocado garnish and it was delicious. But I bet this sauce would be much more mild than the salsa. Or maybe toss the chopped avocados in this dressing instead of just tossing them in lime juice before garnishing?

  3. Here goes nothing…sorry Amy and Greg, I fall into the cilantro haters category. I actually despise the herb. I’ve tried and tried to acquire a liking for it, but I just can’t do it! The only person I can think of that dislikes it as much as me is Ina Garten. It’s definitely unfortunate though, because this dressing looks fantastic! Hmmm maybe I could just substitute a different herb.

    • Haha! Ok ok, I promise I don’t hold it against you. At least you’ve tried. It’s just so weird…I can’t imagine what it must taste like to you. I bet this dressing would be delicious with another herb, but I think it would be best as a topping for chicken or fish then, rather than a salad dressing…although I’m not sure why I feel that way.

  4. that cilantro soap thing is just too sad. I’m so glad I don’t have it because cilantro is far and above my favorite herb! SOOO making this dressing!

  5. I used to hate cilantro and always blamed it on my genes, but now I’m wondering if it is more of an acquired taste. I love it now, and this dressing looks delicious!

  6. I love cilantro (and most other herbs for that matter)! I understand how people could be bothered by the texture of it, but never the taste – until now!

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