Salads | June 25, 2020

Cilantro Dressing (Trader Joe’s Copycat)

A copycat of Trader Joe’s Cilantro Dressing, this delicious condiment combines fresh cilantro, jalapeño, lime and garlic for a bright, fresh salad topper.  Use it for a salad dressing, or a veggie dip.  This Lime Cilantro Dressing is whipped up in minutes in your blender for a homemade, quick addition to your dinner.

Lime cilantro dressing in a glass container, style with cilantro leaves and squeezed limes.

What Is Cilantro Dressing?

Dressings like this one have become popular in recent years by being served at restaurants like Cafe Rio, and Costa Vida.  There also was a popular dressing sold at Trader Joe’s.

Cilantro dressing being poured from a glass bottle onto a salad of greens, sweet shredded pork, tortilla strips, and avocado.

What Do I Need To Make Lime Cilantro Dressing?

You’ll need to add the following to your shopping list:

  • mayonaise
  • olive oil
  • rice vinegar
  • cotija cheese
  • fresh cilantro
  • fresh jalapeno
  • garlic
  • lime
  • salt

Ingredients needed for Lime cilantro dressing - cilantro, jalapeño, lime, garlic, olive oil, rice vinegar, cotija cheese.

Tell Me How To Make It!

Making this dressing is incredibly easy!

  1. Wash your veggies.
  2. Seed your jalapeño.
  3. Add all ingredients to your blender.
  4. Blend until smooth.

Jalapeno, cotija, cilantro, and lime in a blender jar.

What Should I Serve With Cilantro Dressing?

This is a wonderful salad dressing to keep on hand.  You can add it to so many things.  The bright and fresh flavor is a nice addition to a simple green salad, but it also goes great with a copycat Cafe Rio Salad with sweet pork.  Add pinto beans, cilantro rice, pico de Gallo, and guacamole.

Also add it to your:

burrito bowls

steak kabobs

breakfast burritos

Green dressing in a glass bottle. Set in front of a cafe rio style salad.

How Do I Store This Dressing?

Store this dressing up to 5 days in an air tight container in the fridge.  I’m sure you’ll have no problem using it up!

Birds eye view of green salad dressing in a glass container.

I Love Making Dressings!  Do You Have Other Recipes?

We sure do!  Check out our salad recipes for:

Apple Gorgonzola Salad

Marinated Cucumber Salad

Ramen Noodle Salad

Dressing set in front of a cafe rio salad.

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Lime cilantro dressing in a glass container, style with cilantro leaves and squeezed limes.
Cilantro Dressing (Trader Joe's Copycat)
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

A copycat of Trader Joe's Cilantro Dressing, this delicious condiment combines fresh cilantro, jalapeño, lime and garlic for a bright, fresh salad topper. 

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cilantro dressing, cilantro lime dressing, poblano cilantro dresssing
Servings: 4
Calories: 317 kcal
Author: Kadee
Poblano Cilantro Dressing
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 3 oz. cojita cheese or queso fresco
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 jalapeno pepper washed, seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves washed
  • 1/2 t salt
  1. Make salad dressing by placing all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
Recipe Notes

The dressing will firm up when refrigerated due to the cojita. To serve leftovers dressing, mix it with a little lime juice and/or water to thin it back out. Lasts 5 days refrigerated.

Nutrition Facts
Cilantro Dressing (Trader Joe's Copycat)
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 317 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 707mg31%
Potassium 37mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 357IU7%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 236mg24%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. This looks great, and frankly it is welcome and flavorful break from all the holiday fare! I hope your holidays have been terrific, and all the best for 2015!

  2. 5 stars
    So delicious! We tried this tonight and it was a welcome break from holiday gluttony! I made the salad for my husband and I and used it as a side for the kids alongside pasta with a crushed tomato sauce. Thanks for sharing!