Simple Zesty Lime Salad Dressing

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Use this fresh and delicious Zesty Lime Salad Dressing as a marinade for grilled chicken or seafood, or a dressing for your next salad. So Tasty!

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Zesty lime salad dressing in a dressing jar, with a lime and sliced limes on either side of the jar with a white bowl of spinach salad in the background.

Why you’ll love this Zesty Lime Salad Dressing

Who buys bottled salad dressing anymore?  I rarely do- maybe a bottle of ranch or blue cheese for a batch of wings, but generally speaking, I make my own homemade salad dressings.  I personally like the bitter flavors of this salad dressing on similarly bitter lettuce, like frisee or radicchio with a little bit of sweet cranberries or candied nuts.  Zesty Lime Salad Dressing can also be used as a marinade for chicken or seafood and a basting sauce for grilled vegetables.

Zesty lime salad dressing in a bottle on a wooden board with white bowl of spinach and cut lime slices

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Ingredients you’ll need to make a Zesty Lime Salad Dressing:

The ingredients for this zesty salad dressing are common pantry staples:

  • Lime juice
  • Dijon mustard
  • Olive oil, extra virgin
  • Rice vinegar
  • Honey
  • Sea salt, and
  • Ground black pepper

Be sure to check out the full ingredient list and printable recipe in the recipe card below.

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How to make the Zesty Lime Vinaigrette

This simple homemade Kraft copycat zesty lime salad dressing is guaranteed to get you back into the salad making mood again, it really will. I promise it will brighten up any winter blues that might be starting to settle in.

The steps to making this are super easy:

  1. Zest and juice lime into a small bowl.
  2. Whisk in remaining ingredients and refrigerate until ready to use.

Make this Zesty Lime Salad Dressing then check out my Mixed Berry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing Recipe, Easy Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing and Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing and more of my Crazy Good Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes.

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Zesty lime salad dressing in a bottle on a wooden board with white bowl of spinach and cut lime slices

Can I use bottled lime juice instead of fresh limes?

Certainly! Using bottled lime juice in your zesty lime salad dressing is a convenient option. It can save you time and still provide a nice lime flavor to your dressing. Just keep in mind that fresh lime juice might have a slightly brighter and more vibrant taste compared to bottled juice. If you choose to use bottled lime juice, make sure it’s 100% pure lime juice without any added preservatives or sweeteners. Start by substituting an equal amount of bottled lime juice for the fresh lime juice in your recipe, and then adjust to taste.

How to store leftover vinaigrette dressing

This homemade vinaigrette must be kept in an airtight container (such as a mason jar) for 1 to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. It’s definitely worth the 5 minutes it takes to make your own salad dressings because you can keep it on hand for all of your salad needs, or use it to marinate chicken later in the week.

Can I substitute limes with another citrus fruit?

Certainly, you can substitute limes with other citrus fruits to create a different variation of your zesty salad dressing. Some citrus fruits that work well as alternatives to limes include:
Lemons: Lemons provide a similar level of tartness and freshness to your dressing. Lemon zest can also add a nice aroma.
Oranges: Using oranges will add a sweeter and milder citrus flavor to your dressing. It’s a great choice if you prefer a less tangy dressing.
Grapefruits: Grapefruits can offer a unique, slightly bitter and tangy flavor to your dressing. They can be a refreshing choice for a twist.
Tangerines: Tangerines provide a sweet and slightly tart flavor, making your dressing more vibrant and fruity.
When substituting, start by using the same amount of juice as your original recipe called for with limes. However, keep in mind that the flavor profile will change, so you may need to adjust other ingredients to balance the taste to your liking. Experiment and have fun creating unique variations of your salad dressing!

What type of salads does this dressing pair well with?

The zesty lime salad dressing pairs well with a variety of salads, thanks to its vibrant and citrusy flavor. Here are some types of salads that work beautifully with this dressing:
Mixed Greens Salad: A simple mix of different greens like lettuce, spinach, and arugula with this dressing can be refreshing and tangy.
Grilled Chicken Salad: This dressing adds a zesty kick to grilled chicken salad, enhancing the overall flavor with its citrus notes.
Quinoa Salad: Combine cooked quinoa with diced vegetables and herbs, then drizzle the zesty lime dressing for a flavorful and healthy grain salad.
Avocado Salad: The bright flavors of the dressing complement the creamy richness of avocados, creating a perfect balance.
Shrimp or Seafood Salad: Whether you have a shrimp, crab, or mixed seafood salad, the zesty lime dressing provides a wonderful seafood-friendly tang.
Fruit Salad: For a unique twist, use the dressing on a fruit salad with a mix of fresh fruits like mango, strawberries, and kiwi.
Bean Salad: Combine black beans, corn, red onions, and bell peppers with the dressing for a Tex-Mex-inspired bean salad.
Asian Salad: If you enjoy Asian-inspired salads, this dressing can work well with ingredients like Napa cabbage, mandarin oranges, and sliced almonds.
Taco Salad: Drizzle the dressing on a taco salad with ground beef or turkey, lettuce, cheese, and other taco toppings for a zesty flavor.
Grilled Vegetable Salad: This dressing can add a zing to grilled vegetable salads with vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, and asparagus.
The zesty lime salad dressing’s versatility makes it a great choice for various salad combinations. Feel free to experiment and discover your favorite pairings!

Frequently asked questions about this zesty salad dressing:


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Zesty Lime Salad Dressing Recipe

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Use this fresh and delicious Zesty Lime Salad Dressing as a marinade for grilled chicken or seafood, or a dressing for your next salad. So Tasty!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, extra virgin
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Zest and juice lime into a small bowl.
  2. Whisk in remaining ingredients and refrigerate until ready to use.

Notes

This homemade vinaigrette can be kept in an airtight container (such as a mason jar) for 1 to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. You can keep it on hand for all of your salad needs, or use it to marinate chicken later in the week.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 52Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 246mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g

The provided nutrition information is an estimate and it does not take brands into account. I use an automatic API to calculate this information.

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3 Comments

  1. How much honey, rice vinegar, Dijon?????

    1. Janice - Salads for Lunch says:

      Hi Julie,

      The measurements are in the recipe card. The ingredients are:
      2 tbsp fresh lime juice
      1 tsp dijon mustard
      1/4 cup olive oil, extra virgin
      3 tbsp rice vinegar
      1 tsp honey
      1 tsp fine sea salt
      1 tsp ground black pepper
      Please let me know if you have any further questions.

      All the best,
      Janice

  2. Deborah @ Confessions of mother runner says:

    It’s so easy to whisk up your own healthy dressing. Love the lime in here