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Creamy Cilantro Dressing

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There’s power in a good salad. The problem is, most salads are not delicious. Come on. You know you were thinking the same thing. I try to like to eat salads because

  1. they make for a fast, filling meal- when done right,
  2. I can use up all my fresh farmer’s market produce,
  3. my new pencil skirt from the Loft (potential first day of school outfit?) fits a little more nicely.
Creamy cilantro dressing on a salad and on a spoon.

So how about taking all that good-for-you salad stuff and making it taste BETTER by topping it with something that is still fresh and healthy?

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Or, um, I already did sign myself up.

This cilantro dressing is made creamy with a little plain yogurt, and the flavor of cilantro and garlic makes it fresh and spicy tasting at the same time.

A little honey and a pinch of sugar add sweetness, and suddenly, I could eat it with a spoon. Mmmk, I already did eat it with a spoon.

And then I drowned my salad in it and devoured it. Deeee-licious.

Creamy cilantro dressing on top of salad.
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Creamy Cilantro Dressing


This creamy cilantro dressing is super easy to make and healthy! Made with Greek yogurt, garlic, and lime juice. Delicious served on anything!


  • 1 bunch cilantro (about 1 cup packed)
  • 1 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon each honey, lime juice, and salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 3 teaspoons water (optional)


  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth.
  2. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking. Add the sugar if you want it a little sweeter (I used the sugar and loved it, but it tasted fine without the sugar, too). You can also add water depending on how thick you want the dressing to be.
  3. Serve as a dressing with salads, fish, chicken, or grilled vegetables!
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Category: Sauce
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: cilantro dressing, healthy cilantro dressing, cilantro salad dressing

What’s your favorite summer salad combination? I am hooked on sautéed shrimp, peppers, and onions (with sunflower seeds for crunch)!

...Did I really just say “I am hooked” in reference to a salad?

I don’t know what that means, but I like!

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    This looks delicious! I’m allergic to honey. What do you think I could use as a substitute?

  2. Skillful Cook Logo

    I made this dressing the other night and loved it! I didn’t add the sugar- the honey made it sweet enough. Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      For the one cup of cilantro, is that the entire cilantro including the stem or leaves only?

  3. Skillful Cook Logo

    This was awesome! Served it with a veggie burger and grilled veggies. I did add half an avocado, because I had it and more lime juice! YUMMY!!

  4. Skillful Cook Logo

    I love to cook and experiment with new recipes. I will try it the way you suggest. It is not like I do. thank you for sharing. It will be better than what I do.