Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing


This recipe is similar to one that we enjoy at our favorite fast food salad place. We also use this as a dip for chicken nuggets. If dressing is too thick, thin it with a little milk.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins
2 cups


  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • bunch fresh cilantro, or to taste

  • 1 fresh tomatillo, husk removed, or more to taste

  • ½ lime, juiced

  • ½ jalapeno pepper, stemmed and seeded, or more to taste

  • 1 (1 ounce) package dry ranch dressing mix (such as Hidden Valley Ranch®)

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled

  • teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or more to taste


  1. Blend buttermilk, mayonnaise, cilantro, tomatillo, lime juice, jalapeno pepper, ranch dressing mix, garlic, and black pepper together in a blender until smooth. Refrigerate until flavors blend, at least 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

178 Calories
18g Fat
4g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 178
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 348mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 78mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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