Cilantro-Lime Sauce

cilantro lime sauce

Sometimes all you need is a great sauce to take a dish from good to great. Some people like a little, others a lot, so a sauce on the side pleases all palates.

The idea for this cilantro-lime sauce was inspired by Café Rio’s Creamy Tomatillo dressing. Like many others, I am a big fan of Café Rio. For those not familiar, Café Rio is a fantastic casual restaurant chain based in Salt Lake City. My daughter lives there, and a Café Rio visit is mandatory every time I visit. Hey Café Rio people: your brand would be HUGELY popular in Madison, Wisconsin. Hint, Hint.

There are many copycat recipes for Café Rio’s dressing; the one that I used as my starting point was from “the girl who ate everything”. Her recipe starts with buttermilk and a ranch-dressing packet. This sounded brilliant, because most other recipes like this have a much longer ingredient list!

I like to simplify even more, so decided to use Hidden Valley’s Buttermilk Ranch dressing, conveniently available in “light.” From there, I played with sour cream, lime juice and cilantro to get the right proportions.

I skipped the tomatillo part, because I was not trying for a copycat. I just wanted a cilantro-lime sauce.

It turned out great! A light, creamy sauce, which works on any Tex-Mex dish. I particularly like it on a taco salad – yum! Add some salsa and you have a party.

Stay tuned for next week’s appetizer. I LOVE dipping it in this sauce!

cilantro lime sauce
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5 from 2 votes

Cilantro-Lime sauce

the perfect dipping sauce for everything Tex-Mex
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Plant Based, snack, tex-mex, Vegetarian
Servings: 8
Calories: 86kcal


  • ½ cup Hidden Valley Buttermilk Ranch dressing light
  • 1/3 cup light sour cream
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ cilantro chopped
  • Juice from one lime


  • Place all ingredients in a blender or mini food processor.
  • Process until smooth.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 171mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
cilantro lime sauce

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4 thoughts on “Cilantro-Lime Sauce

    1. I haven’t tried it without lime, but I do think it would be very good. I have been on a lime kick lately so I actually love that as part of the taste. 🙂

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