Creamy Cilantro Dressing

I made a very simple tossed salad last night with romaine, grape tomatoes, avocado, green onion, pumpkin seeds, cotija cheese crumbles, and tortilla crisps on top. I didn’t want to use our regular vinaigrette so I grabbed some cilantro and decided to make, instead of my usual Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette, a creamy cilantro dressing. It turned out very flavorful and delicious and we all, except for my son, loved it.  I used lower fat buttermilk, mayonnaise, and sour cream but I am sure it would be tasty with the regular too. I recommend making it at least 30 minutes prior to serving so the flavors have time to mingle. I served this salad with the Black Bean Soup with Bacon and they paired perfectly together.

Blend together the buttermilk, mayonnaise, sour cream, cilantro, jalapeno, green onion, minced garlic, lime juice, cumin, oregano, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, using an immersion blender until well combined and creamy.  Set aside to let the flavors mingle.

Place some chopped romaine in a serving bowl followed by grape tomatoes, diced avocado, green onion, pumpkin seeds, cotija cheese, and tortilla crisps.  Drizzle the salad with the creamy cilantro dressing then toss to coat evenly.  Serve immediately. Enjoy.

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Creamy Cilantro Dressing

Yield: 8-10

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 30 min. for flavors to mingle

Total Time: 40 min.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of buttermilk
1/4 cup of olive oil mayonnaise
1/4 cup of sour cream
1/4 cup of fresh cilantro, chopped
1 small jalapeno, seeds removed & chopped
1 green onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
Juice from 1/2 a lime
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp oregano
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Directions:

Blend together the buttermilk, mayonnaise, sour cream, cilantro, jalapeno, green onion, minced garlic, lime juice, cumin, oregano, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, using an immersion blender until well combined and creamy. Set aside to let the flavors mingle.

Place some chopped romaine in a serving bowl followed by grape tomatoes, diced avocado, green onion, pumpkin seeds, cotija cheese, and tortilla crisps. Drizzle the salad with the creamy cilantro dressing then toss to coat evenly. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

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22 Responses to “Creamy Cilantro Dressing”

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    mia xara — December 10, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

    Hi Pam, the dressing sounds delicious!!! It does pair well with the salad!

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    Diane — December 11, 2012 @ 1:07 am

    I love cilantro so this is right up my street. Yummy, Keep well Diane

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    Kim in MD — December 11, 2012 @ 4:02 am

    I eat salad everyday, and I am always looking for new delicious salad dressings. This dressing sounds amazing, and the salad you served it with sounds delicious, too!

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    Kalyn — December 11, 2012 @ 7:13 am

    Sounds good to me; I’m a huge fan of cilantro!

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    Kris — December 11, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    Hi Pam,
    I am bookmarking this for later. I love fresh & easy’ creamy cilantro dressing, and I am hearing rumors of them closing! Now I have this recipe to try. Sounds wonderful!
    How are you holidays coming along?
    xo Kris

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    gloria — December 11, 2012 @ 8:13 am

    Love this salad Pam!

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    Carmen Rosa — December 11, 2012 @ 8:41 am

    Delicious!!!!!!!!

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    turmeric n spice — December 11, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    Awesome idea ! love the dressing

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    Joanne — December 11, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    I’m always so boring about my salad dressings. love this idea!

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    grace — December 11, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    as a cilantro-lover and dressing-hater, i’m torn! i’m pretty sure i’d end up liking this, but am i brave enough to try? :)

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    Peggy Recker — December 11, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

    This sounds delicious.

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    Marjie — December 11, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    I love creamy dressings!

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    The Café Sucré Farine — December 11, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

    Looks like a great salad! Such a pretty dressing!

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    vanillasugarblog — December 11, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

    I really want to buy one of those Areogardens (sp?) so I can have fresh herbs year round.
    Plus I’m not a gardener by any means.
    But I love having fresh parsley, cilantro, rosemary, dill, etc…

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    Blond Duck — December 11, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

    I sense a taco salad coming up!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — December 11, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

    Your salad dressing sounds delicious. It sounds like it complimented the salad very nicely.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 11, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

    I love the flavors in this! It would be so perfect on any salad, and I definitely have to add in some avocado to my salad too!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — December 12, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    I love cilantro! The dressing must be very tasty.

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    Chris — December 16, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

    Dressing? That sounds like a perfect marinade for grilled chicken!

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    Anne — October 22, 2013 @ 7:26 am

    I LOVE! Can I just this addictive magic or would that be just too weird? So instead, I poured it over croutons and added some grape tomatoes for a snack. Oh dear…

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    Anne — October 22, 2013 @ 7:27 am

    Meant to say “can I *drink* this. ;)

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