Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

A quick and delicious dressing for your salad.  I served this salad and dressing along side my Chicken and Zucchini Enchiladas.  It showcases both the lime and the cilantro flavors perfectly for a nice summery dressing for any veggie salad.

Isn't this dressing gadget cool?  I got it at Williams-Sonoma for under $20.  It has a twisted stick mixer attached to the inside which you work by squeezing the handle to mix up and emulsify your dressing.  It got some mixed reviews on the site, but I haven't had any issues with it except that I agree that the spout is small and the cap should have been designed to stay with the lid so it doesn't get lost.  But I love that there are several recipes right on the sides of the bottle for recipes and it stores easily in the refrigerator.  I did, however, make this dressing in my mini food processor before transferring it to this container (because the garlic and the cilantro needed to be finely chopped)...but when the oil starts to separate from the other ingredients, just a couple of squeezes brings it right back! 

Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette
from the kitchen of MKA

Servings - 3  Serving size - 1 oz. per serving   Points Plus per serving - 1 point+
Calories - 49,   Total Fat - 4.5g,   Carb. - 3g,   Protein - 0.2g,   Fiber - 0.1g

3 TBS. fresh squeezed lime juice
2 TBS. plain rice vinegar
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 TBS. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp. granulated sugar
salt and pepper, to taste

In food processor ( I used my mini one), put in garlic clove and cilantro leaves and pulse until finely chopped.  Add in the lime juice, vinegar, and sugar.  Process to blend.  Add in the olive oil.  Process to emulsify.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

It really is hard to believe we are halfway through summer!  Wow.  Summer goes by so quickly and the colder months just seem to drag.  I actually find it harder to stay on plan during the summer months, which is strange because you would think with all the fresh produce available and the nice outdoor weather, it would be easier...but it seems summer provides me with endless reasons to party and indulge.  I really have to watch what I allow myself to eat during this time.  Although, if I had a choice, I would have summer year round.  It would totally be worth having to be more vigilant with my diet and exercise to have summer weather to enjoy!
How about you?  Is it harder or easier to stay on plan during the summer months?  

This post is being shared with:
Tasty Tuesdays @ 33 Shades of Green

Looking for more tasty salad dressing ideas?  Try these:
Red Wine, Balsamic Dressing from The Kitchen Chopper


  1. Yum! Sounds like a fantastic dressing to me. Lime and cilantro just seem to rock together. And Williams Sonoma has the best toys. I could spend a gagillion dollars in that place :) I agree- I always seem to get a bit meatier in the summer ;)

  2. That is a cool gadget, and an equally cool dressing. I love cilantro and lime. I bet it would go great with a southwestern type salad.

  3. YUM! Love cilantro, have a ton growing in the garden this year.

  4. Can't wait to try this recipe Renee - loves me some cilantro!

    I find it hard to stay on track in the summer too - too much sitting around the bbq, wine in hand, cheese and crackers to munch on - I am just about to run outside though - our high is only 80 degrees today!

  5. That sounds delicious!!! Cilantro & Lime make one of my favorite flavor combinations!

  6. Mmm! I need a new vinaigrette to spice up my salads. And I so need to get one of those gadgets!

  7. Hi Renee, that is a seriously great gadget. (and nice looking dressing recipe too) I have a tiny, tiny kitchen, but always have room for new gadgets. Have a great day!!

  8. Beautiful post! It looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing:) Hope to see you on my blog:)

  9. I was JUST looking at a juicing recipe for something similar to this yesterday. I Love these homemade dressings! This is a great post.

    I'd love it if you'd share this on our summer blog hop today!

    Sarah @ RecipeLion


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