Cilantro lovers, this sauce is for you! It’s *the* creamy, easy-to-make, homemade sauce recipe that is gonna elevate taco night, become a go-to salad dressing, and be the condiment you wanna drizzle on just about everything – from roasted cauliflower steaks, to burrito bowls, to loaded kimchi fries.

Bowl of cilantro lime sauce next to limes.

There’s just about nothing this sauce can’t do. It adds freshness, creaminess, and the just-right balance of herbs, lime, and tang. It’s naturally gluten-free and vegetarian, too.

Ingredients You’ll Need

This sauce only needs 6 ingredients, including the essential salt! The simple ingredients work together so well, each contributing its own punch of flavor.

Jar of lime juice next to spices, sour cream, cilantro.
  • Cilantro: the star of the show! Use the leaves and the stems of the cilantro for the most flavor.
  • Fresh Lime: use both fresh lime juice and lime zest to get the most flavor out of those little green citrus fruits.
  • Garlic: because ya gotta have the punch of fresh garlic, right? If not, you can omit or substitute with a half teaspoon of garlic powder.
  • Cumin: the citrus and floral essence of cilantro pair so well with cumin’s slightly bitter earthiness.
  • Sour Cream: the creamy base of this sauce recipe. Easily swap out with plain Greek yogurt or do a mix of the two. It adds a cooling, creamy, tangy element.
  • Salt: brings out the flavor of food, so be sure to add salt and taste test, adjusting as needed.

Want a spicy variation? Throw in a few jalapeno slices, or try our spicy jalapeno sauce!

How to Make Cilantro Lime Sauce

This recipe is made in a blender or food processor to make it smooth in texture, and a super quick recipe. If you don’t have either, you can easily make it without, too.

With a Blender

As I mentioned, definitely use the stems and leaves of fresh cilantro for the most flavor. This is also a great way to reduce food waste. Since the stems of cilantro are so flavorful, and tender enough to add to recipes, it’s best to use them.

I do recommend roughly chopping them before blending, or simply cut into pieces using kitchen shears (or tearing with your hands, really). In my experience, if they’re not cut beforehand, the long stems can get wrapped around the blades of a blender.

Other than that, add all of the ingredients and blend them together until smooth.

Blender with cilantro lime dressing ingredients inside.

Make it Without a Blender

I get it, maybe you don’t have a blender or a food processor…or you don’t want to clean one. You can make this recipe without a blender, but you will need to use those knife skills.

Finely chop the cilantro and garlic and whisk together the ingredients until combined. The sauce will likely be a little thicker this way, so add extra lime juice or even a little water if you need to thin it out to your desired consistency.

Jar of cilantro lime sauce next to plate of tacos.

Use it on Everything!

This sauce is truly so versatile – whether you use it as a drizzling sauce, a dressing, or even a dip – there are no limits! The cooling creaminess with cilantro and lime is a perfect match with Mexican food, but it doesn’t end there. Try it on one of these recipes, and let us know your favorite way to use this sauce!

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Spoon scooping cilantro lime sauce from bowl.
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Get the Recipe 5-Minute Cilantro Lime Sauce

Add a fresh zest of flavor to everything from tacos, burrito bowls, grilled veggies, salads, and more! This easy sauce (dressing) recipe takes just 5 minutes to make in a blender.




  • Roughly chop the cilantro stems before adding them to a food processor or blender to make sure they don't get wrapped around the blades.
  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and fully combined. Taste test and adjust salt, if needed.
    ½ cup tightly packed cilantro, ¾ cup sour cream, 1 lime, 3 Tablespoons lime juice, ½ teaspoon ground cumin, 1 clove garlic, ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Use immediately or transfer to a jar and store in the fridge for up to 5 days. Enjoy over tacos, salads, burritos, and more!
Serving: 2TBSP, Calories: 64kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 204mg, Potassium: 68mg, Fiber: 0.4g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 281IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 37mg, Iron: 0.2mg
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