Spicy Cilantro Vinaigrette

July/August 2013

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This lime-cilantro vinaigrette recipe has South American flair with the addition of jalapeño, lime juice and cumin. Serve this cilantro salad dressing recipe on a green salad or as a dipping sauce for grilled meat, seafood or veggies.

Spicy Cilantro Vinaigrette

Makes: 1 1/4 cups

Serving Size: 2 tablespoons

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  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 2 small cloves garlic
  • 1 medium jalapeño pepper, halved and seeded
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Place cilantro, oil, lime, garlic, jalapeño, cumin, sugar and salt in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Or blend in a large glass measuring cup or wide jar with an immersion blender.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.


Per 2-tablespoon serving: 106 calories; 11 g fat (1 g sat, 7 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 2 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 234 mg sodium; 29 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 0

Exchanges: 2 fat

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8 or more
Main Ingredient
Vegetarian, other
Preparation/ Technique
Type of Dish
Salad dressing
Ease of Preparation
Total Time
15 minutes or less
July/August 2013
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