This Chili Lime Vinaigrette Recipe can be used as a marinade, sauce, or salad dressing! Incredibly easy to make and so versatile!
The most important component of a salad to me is the dressing. You can pretty much throw anything into a bowl and call it a salad, but a good dressing can take it from average to AMAZING!
Well, today’s chili lime vinaigrette recipe DEFINITELY takes any salad to the next level!
With the perfect blend of spices plus 4 additional ingredients, this healthy dressing recipe is SO easy and flavorful!
- Extra-Virgin Olive Oil – our healthy fat that adds creaminess to the dressing. Use a “smooth” vs “robust” extra virgin olive oil for a mild flavor.
- Lime Juice – adds a delicious tang to the dressing.
- Honey – cuts the tanginess of the lime juice with a sweet flavor.
- Garlic – rounds out the dressing with its nutty flavor. If you don’t have fresh, use ground garlic powder instead.
- Chili Powder, Cumin, Smoked Paprika, Salt, and Cayenne Pepper – the perfect blend of spices that adds a Mexican inspired flair to this lime vinaigrette.
I LOVE that this recipe uses pantry staple ingredients. Freshly squeezed lime is GREAT, but I’ve had plenty of success with 100% lime juice from a bottle.
How to make chili lime vinaigrette
Place everything into a sealed container, shake, and serve!
- Place all your ingredients in a mason jar, food processor, or blender and then shake or blend until fully combined.
You can use a mason jar, food processor, or blender to make this vinaigrette, but I prefer using a mason jar, because you can pour, shake, serve, and store all in the same container!
Less dirty dishes? Yes please!
Do i use fresh or already-squeezed lime juice?
You can use fresh or already-squeezed juice in this lime vinaigrette . . . It really doesn’t matter! Cook’s preference. I love the freshness that comes with squeezing my own lime juice, but if you’re crunched for time, bottled lime juice works just as well!
How many calories are in this vinaigrette?
This healthy vinaigrette recipe is just 54 calories, 5 grams of fat, 2 grams of carbs, and 1 gram of protein per tablespoon.
I love making my own salad dressings, because they’re typically lower in calories, healthier, more flavorful, and super easy!
- Shake well. Your dressing will naturally separate as it’s stored in the fridge, so be sure to shake and re-shake before serving!
- Let it come to room temperature before serving. If the oil has started to congeal from being in the fridge, set the dressing out 10 minutes before serving. Then, yep, give it another shake! 😉
- Make it in advance for meal prep lunches. Or make it as a last minute “oops” I need lunch. This dressing is so easy, I love making a batch to keep in the fridge.
- Make it spicier. If you like things extra spicy, add more cayenne! You could also try adding crushed red pepper flakes or even a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce.
- Make it sweeter. Or less sweet. Add as much or as little honey as you’d like.
- Make it tangier. Or less tangy. Add as much or as little lime as you’d like.
- Add some lime zest. If you squeeze your own lime juice, you can use the peel from the lime and add some zest to your dressing for some additional lime flavor!
Ways to use chili lime vinaigrette
You can use this healthy vinaigrette as a marinade, a salad dressing, or a sauce for quinoa salad or rice bowls. The possibilities are endless.
- Use it as a marinade for this Crockpot Mexican Chicken
- Use it as a salad dressing for these Chicken Burrito Bowls
- Use it as a sauce for this Mexican Quinoa Salad
How long does homemade vinaigrette last
This healthy dressing recipe will last in the fridge for up to a week so you can have it for your meals all week long!
How to store
I don’t recommend freezing this because it will separate and the consistency will not be the same when thawed.
Plus, it’s so good you won’t need to store it that long anyway. 😉
Chili Lime Vinaigrette
Equipment for this recipe
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 4 cloves garlic pressed using a garlic press
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 - 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- Place olive oil, lime juice, honey, garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and cayenne into a mason jar, blender, or food processor.
- Seal and shake or blend until well combined.
- Taste and re-season if necessary.
- Use immediately.
- Store leftovers in a sealed airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Let come to room temperature before serving.
*Note: Nutrition information is estimated and varies based on products used.
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