Cilantro-Lime Dressing

    30 mins

    After having a delicious TGI Friday's grilled chicken salad, I was determined to figure out the Cilantro-Lime salad dressing served with it. This is what I came up with. Delicious for a quick summery dinner. Grilled boneless chicken breasts served over a hearty green salad, and this dressing, voila!

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    Makes: 12 servings

    • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
    • 1 clove garlic
    • 3/4 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root
    • 1/4 cup lime juice
    • 1/3 cup honey
    • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
    • 1/4 cup packed cilantro leaves
    • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

    Prep:30min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Place the jalapeno pepper, garlic clove, and ginger into a food processor or blender; pulse until the jalapeno and garlic are finely chopped. Pour in the lime juice, honey, balsamic vinegar, and salt, add the cilantro leaves; pulse a few times to blend. Turn the food processor or blender on, and slowly drizzle in the olive oil until incorporated into the dressing. Season to taste with salt before serving.

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    OH MY GOODNESS!!! This dressing really is that yummy! I always get rave reviews when I make it, and everyone asks for the recipe. My husbands eyes light up when I tell him that we are having out Southwest Chicken salad for dinner with this dressing. It is way better than anything you can buy in the store. We do add a little less honey like others have stated. You can add a little more lime if you want it to be a little more tangy, or a little more vinegar for more of a vinegarette flavor. One time I put about 4x the vinegar (on accident) and it still tasted great. We just put the whole thing in our Vita-mix blender in the order it is written and blend it up - it turns out great that way, and you don't have to chop everything. For our Southwest salad we do 1-2 heads of lettuce, 2 cobs of raw white corn kernels, 1 large can of black beans rinsed, 1 bag of Montery Jack cheese, 1 red onion, grilled chicken breast, and 1 bunch of cilantro. We have also added tomatoes and avocado if you like them. Thank you to the poster of this recipe, you did a great job!  -  22 Mar 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is delicious. I almost didn't review this because I had to leave out the ginger. Ginger has a strong distinct flavor so I feel a little strange about reviewing with such a big change. My husband hates ginger. I decided to go ahead and review though because it is so good even with out the ginger. I am not big on sweet dressings so I cut down on the honey a bit just do to personal preference. I have not been able to stop thinking about it. Wonderful flavor! (update 6-2011) I just finally made this with the ginger and it is even better! Unless you have a ginger hater, put it in!  -  30 Jul 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Followed the recipe exactly - was a huge success! I marinated chicken with cilantro, pineapple juice, lemon juice, and garlic prior to grilling. Served chicken over a bead of salad greens. Drizzled the dressing over everything - was a huge success! Will definitely make again.  -  16 Jun 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)