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Homemade Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing

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We love making our own homemade dips and dressings to avoid a lot of artificial ingredients and this Homemade Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing is banging with flavor and is made with real ingredients.

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This Cilantro Lime Ranch is like the Jalapeno Ranch that you get at Chuy’s restaurants. (Or Cafe Rio) You can use it as a dip with tortilla chips or as a salad dressing, the restaurant uses it for both! Bursting with vibrant flavors, this irresistible concoction combines the creamy richness of ranch with the zing of fresh cilantro and tangy lime. And a hit of spice. (That part is optional of course)

All you need to make this natural salad dressing with robust flavor to use on your southwest salads, burrito bowls, and more, is some lime juice, greek yogurt, sour cream, a ranch dip packet (or make your own), a handful of cilantro, and a jar of jalapeno pepper. Throw it all in a food processor and you’ll have gourmet ranch for days.

Keep it in an airtight container for up to a week. Everything will taste better with the fresh ingredients in this homemade cilantro lime ranch dressing. It will be one of your favorite homemade dressings and you won’t want to eat grocery store dressing again.

It has such a bright flavor, that it’s one of our favorite things to spice up our lettuce salads, pasta salads, and bowls. We try to keep some in a glass jar in the refrigerator to use any time we want a flavor kick. 

Ranch Dressing Recipe

We LOVE ranch and we pride ourselves on having world-famous restaurant-style ranch dressing. I mean, you’ll never go back to the bottle once you make this! And we love making variations of it to switch things up a bit. We use our own homemade ranch seasoning for the base and we use it in a ton of recipes too.

If you want to use the packaged stuff, that will still work, but try making homemade sometime. You will be amazed at the depth of flavor you get without all those fillers and additives.

And don’t forget to try our Mexican Ranch dressing when you are experimenting on your own too. With the warm spice of chili pepper, it’s another take on a delicious favorite! Variety is the spice of life, right?

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Cilantro Lime Sauce Recipe

This Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing recipe can be used as a dipping sauce or a dressing. It would be amazing with:

ingredients for cilantro lime ranch in a food processor

So give it a try today. It couldn’t be easier to make, just a few seconds in a food processor, you don’t even have to chop anything. It’s better as it sets, so make it ahead of time and let it marry together overnight. Or for a few hours at least.

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Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing

Creamy, rich, tangy ranch dressing that can be used on salads or as a dip.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cilantro, cilantro lime ranch dressing, lime, ranch, ranch dressing, spicy ranch dressing
Servings: 16
Calories: 35kcal
Author: Christina


  • 1 c plain greek yogurt
  • ¾ c sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoon Ranch seasoning mix
  • ½ c cilantro about two handfuls
  • Zest and Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 c pickled jalapenos optional, chopped finely


  • In a food processor or blender, combine the ingredients until smooth.


Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 184mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 138IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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