This zesty cilantro lime sauce is the perfect dipping sauce, dressing, or marinade and comes together in just 5-minutes! It's packed with flavor from fresh cilantro, lime juice, garlic, and has a creamy smooth texture thanks to greek yogurt.
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Why We Love This Recipe
What's not to love about a vibrant & fresh sauce that comes together in a matter of minutes?
It's packed with acidity, saltiness, fat from the greek yogurt, and an optional bit of spice from a jalapeño; a combination of flavors that is famously addicting.
Cilantro and lime are popular ingredients in many Puerto Rican recipes. Because of this, this recipe is a wonderful pairing for using as a dipping sauce/topping, dressing, or marinade.
Here are the ingredients you will need to make this sauce:
- Cilantro, rinsed and towel dried
- Limes, juiced
- Clove garlic, peeled
- Avocado or olive oil
- Greek yogurt or sour cream
- Optional: jalapeño or serano, with seeds removed
See recipe card for quantities.
Step by Step Instructions
Step 1: Combine ingredients. In a large bowl or blender, combine all ingredients.
Step 2: Blend. Blend using a standing or immersion blender until a consistent sauce is formed.
Enjoy as a dipping sauce, dressing, or marinade!
What to Eat it With
This sauce goes well with so many different cuisines and dishes.
A few of my favorites being tacos, savory rice dishes (like this arroz con gandules), beans, grilled meat (try these pinchos de pollo) and seafood. It also makes a wonderful dressing on salads, especially coleslaw!
You can also try it out with these reader favorite recipes:
- Traditional Puerto Rican Mofongo (25 Minutes!)
- Crispy Puerto Rican-Style Tostones
- Homemade Alcapurrias (Puerto Rican Fritters)
- Grilled Puerto Rican Pinchos de Pollo (Chicken Skewers)
- Crispy Chicharrones de Pollo (Puerto Rican Fried Chicken)
- Puerto Rican Steak Stuffed Avocado
- Puerto Rican Style Stewed Black Beans (Habichuelas Negras)
- 30-Minute Baked Plantain Chips
Substitutions & Additions
This sauce is very easy to modify. Here are some fun ideas on how to make it your own:
- Add more herbs - Throw ½ a cup of the dark green part of some green onions in the blender and enjoy an additional fresh, herbaceous bite in the sauce.
- Swap greek yogurt for sour cream - Feel free to use sour cream instead of greek yogurt if that's what you have on hand or prefer!
- Vegan alternative - To keep this recipe plant based, you can use a plain vegan yogurt or sour cream.
I really enjoy using my immersion blender , as it creates less dirty dishes and comes together quickly.
This sauce should keep in the fridge for up to 5 days, when stored in an air tight container or jar.
This cilantro lime sauce works beautifully as a marinade on chicken, red meat, and shrimp.
If using as a marinade, be sure to let it sit on the protein for at least 1 hour before cooking.
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