Creamy Garlic Lime Vinaigrette

Ready for another easy 5 Minute Fix? Today we’re making a creamy garlic lime vinaigrette, perfect for spring and summer salads.

Creamy Garlic Lime Vinaigrette #dressing #salad #spring

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Making Creamy Garlic Lime Vinaigrette #dressing #salad #spring

This is one of my favorite go-to vinaigrettes. I decided to put it on the blog after I served it to some friends and they asked to take the rest of the jar home after dinner.

I figure if we can’t get enough of it, and they can’t get enough of it, you might like it as well!

Simply pour all the ingredients in a mason jar and shake until smooth and creamy.

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Garlic Lime Vinaigrette

Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time:3 minutes

4.5 / 5 (4 Reviews)
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  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Zest of one lime + 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from 1-2 limes)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tb. honey
  • 2 Tb. heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Pour all ingredients into the jar with 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. ground pepper.
  2. Screw the lid on tightly and shake until smooth and creamy. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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36 comments on “Creamy Garlic Lime Vinaigrette

  1. Tammyposted December 24, 2018 at 3:38 pm Reply

    Awesome. I substituted coconut nectar in place of honey. Instead of cream, I used two tablespoons of avocado. I didn’t have any pumpkin seeds on hand, so I use chopped pistachios and used pumpkin oil instead of olive oil. It came out really really great!

    Rating: 5
  2. Reneeposted June 3, 2018 at 4:28 pm Reply

    This was super easy to make. I did add 2 cloves of garlic instead of just 1, since I am a big fan of garlic. I really like the flavor and can hardly wait to use it on a salad. I am not partial to sweet dressings, so I think I might reduce the amount of honey.

    Rating: 4
  3. Alicia Ogardposted December 5, 2017 at 3:22 pm Reply

    Hi! I was wondering what I could use instead of heavy cream because I am vegan. Any suggestions? 

    • Kathy C.posted May 2, 2018 at 1:52 pm Reply

      puréed tofu, perhaps? I saw that online.

    • Tammy Bposted December 24, 2018 at 3:39 pm Reply

      I use avocado in place of cream. You could also use cashews and add a tiny bit of water to them as your blending them.

  4. Lindaposted August 29, 2017 at 9:27 pm Reply

    great with raw beets!

    Rating: 4
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  9. Moniqueposted April 6, 2015 at 4:56 pm Reply

    What can I use instead of the heavy cream?  

    • Gabyposted October 15, 2016 at 5:39 pm Reply

      Cashews maybe? 

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  12. Marilynnposted June 1, 2014 at 4:44 pm Reply

    Sounds delicious! Could you use agave instead of honey?

    • Sommerposted June 2, 2014 at 7:32 am Reply

      Marilynn, Sure!

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  14. Ashley M. | Our Full Tableposted March 13, 2014 at 9:31 pm Reply

    Homemade salad dressings are simply the best! I never buy dressing anymore!

  15. Kathy H.posted March 12, 2014 at 2:18 pm Reply

    Just found this website and have found 3 recipes I will be making the next couple of weeks – just curious if you’ve made this with lemon instead of lime? I don’t have any limes on hand and want to make this now!

    • Sommerposted March 25, 2014 at 9:01 pm Reply

      Hey Kathy, Of course! You I’d use a little less lemon than lime though…

  16. Bibs @ Tasteometerposted March 12, 2014 at 2:33 am Reply

    I was surprised to see cream used here, I was expecting mayo. How do you think that may work instead? Can’t get me head around the addition of cream

    • Anne M Hughesposted August 11, 2014 at 5:55 pm Reply

      I was wondering something similar… only I’d like to omit the cream altogether! Should any adjustments be made to compensate?

    • Bay Girlposted July 7, 2017 at 9:43 am Reply

      Instead of cream, you can use yogurt, the thicker the better. Try spooning some yogurt into a coffee filter, let rest overnight, and in the morning its very thick (spreadable). Keep refrigerated.

  17. Marjory @ Dinner-Momposted March 11, 2014 at 7:27 pm Reply

    I’m not sure I’ve tried anything quite like this…can’t wait to make it!

  18. Jessica @ Jessiker Bakesposted March 11, 2014 at 4:48 pm Reply

    This looks and sounds amazing! I love lime and vinaigrettes are my favourite types of dressings!

  19. Sammi @Sammi Sunshineposted March 11, 2014 at 11:39 am Reply

    Garlic and lime… sounds like an interesting pair. It sounds great as a summer vinaigrette!

  20. Renee Mcquayposted March 11, 2014 at 11:36 am Reply

    This sounds delicious, I’m wondering, can it be made to keep in the fridge? How long do you think it will stay good?

    • Sommerposted March 11, 2014 at 11:29 pm Reply

      Hi Renee, I’ve kept it in the fridge for 2 weeks before. Usually ours doesn’t last longer than that!

      • Molly L.posted March 12, 2014 at 12:06 pm

        I was JUST about to ask this question. Thanks for answering, Sommer :)

  21. jenniferposted March 11, 2014 at 10:49 am Reply

    This looks good. I am not a lime or lemon fan. Anything you could suggest I could use? Or maybe not add it at all?


    • Sarah @ Sarah Cooks the Booksposted March 11, 2014 at 11:32 am Reply

      Orange would probably work!

    • Sommerposted March 11, 2014 at 11:26 pm Reply

      You could substitute orange like Sarah mentioned, you use your favorite vinegar!

      • Jenniferposted March 15, 2014 at 7:52 pm

        Thank you so much.!!

  22. Meredithposted March 11, 2014 at 11:44 am Reply

    So amazingly delicious!

    Rating: 5
  23. Tieghanposted March 11, 2014 at 7:20 am Reply

    Some of my favorite flavors! This would be perfect on almost any salad!

  24. Rachel @ Bakeritaposted March 11, 2014 at 6:22 am Reply

    This sounds like the perfect summer salad dressing! I’m imagining this on a salad of lettuce and spinach, heirloom tomatoes, sliced onions, and dried cranberries…yum! Perfection. Pinned!