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Creamy Cilantro Salad Dressing

Incredibly easy to make.

Cilantro Salad Dressing

Homemade salad dressing is easier to make than you may think.

It’s great because the ingredients are all put in food processor or blender, mixed together and wella, it’s done.

Making salad dressing yourself is also convenient because it can be made fresh right before serving, or if it’s a dressing that needs to be chilled before serving like this recipe does, it can be made ahead of time so it’s nice and chilled before drizzling it on a salad.

Cilantro Dressing on Salad

White vinegar adds a subtle tang to the dressing, and garlic is the perfect compliment to the fresh flavor of the cilantro and touch of lime.

Here are some delicious salad recipes you may like “Tomato and Onion Salad with Blue Cheese“, “Roasted Beet Salad with Blueberries and Dijon Mustard Dressing” and “Baked Salmon and Avocado Salad“.

Also, roasted and shelled pepita (pumpkin) seeds are added to a food processor with the other ingredients which adds wonderful texture to the dressing.

Here are more recipes with salad dressing you may like “Tarragon Balsamic Salad Dressing“, “Chinese Chicken Salad with Homemade Dressing” and “Blue Cheese Salad Dressing“.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Cilantro Dressing Ingredients

Cilantro, lime, garlic, vinegar, roasted and shelled pepita (pumpkin) seeds, olive oil, mayonnaise, salt and pepper

printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Here’s how to make it.

Cilantro in Food Processor

In a food processor or blender, add cilantro,

Chopped Garlic

Cilantro Garlic in Food Processor


Pepita Seeds in Jar

Pepita Seeds in Cilantro

pepita seeds,

Salt in Cilantro Food Processor


Pepper in Cilantro Food Processor


Olive Oil in Food Processor

olive oil,

Water in Cilantro Dressing

white vinegar,

Lime Juice in Cilantro Dressing

fresh lime juice,

Mayonnaise in Cilantro Dressing


Water in Cilantro Dressing

and water.

Cilantro Dressing in Processor

Blend until smooth.

Do a quick taste test and add more salt if needed.

Cilantro Dressing on Salad

Chill before serving…

Cilantro Salad Dressing

…and serve on a salad, as a veggie dip, or sauce on a burger or sandwich.

TIP – If serving as a veggie dip or on a burger or sandwich, decrease the amount of water to 1 tablespoon.

Cilantro Salad Dressing

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Pico de Gallo

Grilled Cilantro Burger Sliders with Teriyaki and Pineapple

Cilantro Hummus

Homemade Cilantro and Garlic Salsa

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Cilantro Salad Dressing

Creamy Cilantro Salad Dressing

Incredibly easy to make!
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Prep Time: 7 minutes
(Plus time to chill before serving): 45 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Salad Dressing
Servings: 2


  • 1 cup fresh cilantro sprigs (leaves and stems)
  • 1 clove garlic diced
  • 1 tablespoon roasted (and shelled) pepita (pumpkin) seeds
  • 3 dashes of salt or salt to taste
  • 3 dashes ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • ½ of a whole lime juiced
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons water decrease to 1 tablespoon if making this recipe as a dip or in place of mayonnaise on a burger or sandwich


  • In a food processor or blender, add the cilantro, garlic, pepita seeds, salt, pepper, olive oil, vinegar, juice from the lime, mayonnaise, and water.  Blend until smooth.
  • Chill for at least 45 minutes and serve on a salad, as a veggie dip, or on a burger or sandwich.  (If serving as a veggie dip or on a burger or sandwich, decrease the amount of water to 1 tablespoon).



  1. If serving as a veggie dip or on a burger or sandwich, decrease the amount of water to 1 tablespoon.
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  1. What are pepita seed and where can you find them?

    • Hi Debbie, Pepita seeds refer to the edible seeds of a pumpkin or squash. Generally I see them referenced to shelled pumpkin seeds. I buy them shelled, roasted and salted (they’re also available raw and unsalted) from stores like Whole Foods or a Farmers Market type store. I get mine at a store called Sprouts that sells them loose in bins where I can just buy the quantity I want. They keep nicely in mason jars and are wonderful in salads and great to snack on too. Although they have a taste of their own they remind me a little bit of a how roasted sunflower seeds taste. Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

  2. This looks delicious! Love the addition of pepitos! I think this would be great instead of sour cream on top of mexican dishes.