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This spicy creamy cilantro lime dressing is jam packed with flavor! It’s whipped up with fresh, all natural ingredients made spicy with a jalapeño. Use this dressing on salads, as a dip, and so much more!

A small white bowl is filled with green dressing.
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It seems that the latest trend (at least on TikTok) is to have dip parties. It’s like a potluck, except everyone brings their favorite homemade dips instead! Out of all the silly TikTok trends, this is probably the one I can actually appreciate the most.

When I start planning my dip party, I’m going to absolutely be serving this cilantro lime dressing alongside some shrimp! When you dunk a perfectly cooked shrimp into this creamy, spicy, totally to-die-for dressing, you won’t be able to have just one.

And no, this cilantro lime dressing isn’t just perfect for serving with shrimp! It’s also perfect for tossing a salad in or drizzling inside of a wrap. It adds an element of spicy, fresh flavor that will make just about anything more delicious!

Grilled shrimp are placed next to a bowl of creamy cilantro dressing.

What do I need to get started on cilantro lime dressing?

  • Food processor or blender
  • Sour cream – if you want a tangier version, you can use plain Greek yogurt instead
  • Mayonnaise – you can use the plain Greek yogurt instead of mayo as well
  • Lime juice – freshly squeezed lime juice is always best
  • Cilantro – you can use the stems and all for the best flavor
  • Olive oil – you can sub with any neutral flavored oil you prefer
  • Garlic – you can use pre-minced garlic to save time
  • Salt
  • Sugar – don’t worry – it won’t make the dressing sweet! The sugar helps keep it not too hot and not too sour
  • Jalapeno – you can use a serano if you want it even spicier. Or, you can omit it entirely you don’t want it spicy
  • Lime zest – I like to add a little zest at the end and sprinkled on top, but this can be omitted
Dressing is being drizzled onto a shrimp salad.

How do I serve this?

You can drizzle this cilantro lime dressing on so many different salads!

To serve as a dip, you can add an extra 1/4 cup mayonnaise to thicken it, and serve it with chips, crackers, veggies, or (my favorite) shrimp.

How do I store leftovers?

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

The ingredients for creamy cilantro dressing are placed on a white surface.

More homemade dips and dressings I can’t get enough of

Homemade Tzatziki Dip

Avocado Green Goddess Yogurt Dressing

Herbed Tahini Spread

Buttermilk Salad Dressing

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Spicy Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

This creamy, tangy dressing is perfect for salads or as a dip for shrimp, chips, crackers, or veggies.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cup


  • ½ cup (115 g) sour cream
  • ¼ cup (56 g) mayonnaise, (or if making for a dip, use 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup (16 g) tightly packed cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 jalapeño, deseeded and destemmed
  • Lime zest from one lime
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  • Place all ingredients except the lime zest into a food processor and process for 30 seconds, if you want it to be creamier, process for 1 minute.
  • Pour into a serving bowl or pitcher and sprinkle zest on top.
  • Serve over salad or as a dip with chips or shrimp.


Serving: 1cup, Calories: 998kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 107g, Saturated Fat: 26g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 83mg, Sodium: 1039mg, Potassium: 316mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 7g

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