Lime Honey Cilantro Dressing

The Lime Honey Cilantro Dressing is a vibrant, sweet, and tangy concoction that brings a lively burst of flavor to any salad. This dressing combines the bright acidity of fresh lime juice with the natural sweetness of honey, creating a delightful balance that is both refreshing and satisfying. The addition of olive oil lends a smooth, velvety texture that coats the salad leaves nicely, while the fresh cilantro adds a pop of herbal freshness with its distinctive citrusy undertone. A hint of soy sauce introduces a savory depth and a touch of umami flavor, enhancing the complexity of the dressing. This unique blend of flavors is perfectly rounded off with a dash of salt and pepper, elevating the overall taste profile.
This dressing's light and zesty character is an ideal match for the crisp, mild leaves of LivFarms' Green Leaf lettuce. The subtle flavor of the lettuce provides a fresh canvas that allows the bold and bright notes of the dressing to shine through without overwhelming the greens.
To complement this Lime Honey Cilantro Dressing, consider incorporating ingredients that mirror its freshness and vibrancy. Sliced avocado can add a creamy contrast, while thinly sliced radishes or cucumber offer a crunchy texture that pairs well with the dressing's smoothness. For a hint of sweetness, add segments of orange or grapefruit, and for a protein boost, consider grilled shrimp or chicken. Topped with additional cilantro leaves and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds, this salad becomes a harmonious blend of flavors and textures, perfect for a light lunch or as a colorful side dish.


  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, 2 tablespoons honey, and 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  • Add 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro to the mixture.
  • Incorporate 1 teaspoon soy sauce for depth of flavor.
  • Season the dressing with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Whisk the ingredients together until well combined.
  • Refrigerate the dressing for about 30 minutes before serving for optimal taste.


Cilantro is known for its fresh, citrusy, and slightly peppery taste with a hint of earthy undertones. It's a polarizing herb due to its unique flavor – some adore it, while others are put off by its soapy taste, a reaction due to genetic variations in taste perception. In this Lime Honey Cilantro Dressing, cilantro pairs exquisitely with the zesty lime juice and the sweetness of the honey. It brings a burst of freshness that can enliven any salad. When using cilantro in a dressing, it's best to use it fresh and chopped finely to fully release its aromatic oils. The combination of cilantro with lime juice and honey creates a harmonious balance, with the olive oil smoothing out the flavors and the soy sauce adding a savory umami touch. This dressing would be perfect for a light, summer salad or as a marinade for grilled vegetables or meats.
Cilantro is low in calories yet rich in vitamins and minerals. It contains vitamins A, C, and K, as well as folate, manganese, and potassium. These nutrients contribute to the overall health benefits of the salad dressing, adding more than just flavor.
Cilantro offers several health benefits. It is known for its antioxidant properties, primarily due to its high vitamin C content, which helps in fighting free radicals in the body. Regular consumption of cilantro may help in reducing inflammation, thanks to its anti-inflammatory compounds. It's also believed to aid in digestion and improve gut health. Moreover, cilantro has been associated with heavy metal detoxification. Some studies suggest that cilantro can bind to heavy metals like lead, arsenic, and cadmium in the body, aiding their removal. This detoxifying effect can be particularly beneficial in today's polluted environment. Additionally, the vitamin K in cilantro is crucial for bone health, as it helps in bone mineralization and blood clotting.

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