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Creamy Cilantro Dressing

Creamy Cilantro Dressing – A bright and creamy cilantro dressing bolden by poblano peppers, warm spices, and tangy lime.Creamy Cilantro Dressing - A bright and creamy cilantro dressing bolden by poblano peppers, warm spices, and tangy lime ~ The Complete Savorist I’ve been having a few cravings lately. It appears my penchant for all things Asian is giving way to all things Mexican. I haven’t experienced cravings of this magnitude since I was pregnant…and that is NOT an announcement. But thick moles, smothered burritos, tamales, rice & beans, all of these are calling out to me.

To reign in these cravings (and the calories) I have made a Mexican salad hoping to take the edge off! I also have an appetizer coming soon.  Both dishes just needed a dressing or dipping sauce. Enter Creamy Cilantro Dressing!

Since I wanted to keep the fat and calories down, I started with all Greek yogurt, but as I have learned in the past, I would want some fat. I toggled back and forth between sour cream and mayo.  In the end, I added both. I am not scientific enough to tell you why I added both, I will save that to the likes of Alton Brown (who I saw live on Friday night!).  I added the sour cream first and the flavor was perfect but the texture was slightly off, and that is where the mayo came it, it buoyed it up a bit; making it still thin enough to pour like a dressing, but thick enough to cling to my appetizer like a dip.

Creamy Cilantro Dressing - A bright and creamy cilantro dressing bolden by poblano peppers, warm spices, and tangy lime ~ The Complete Savorist

Creamy Cilantro Dressing

Author: Michelle
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup cilantro; roughly chopped
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 lime; juiced
  • 1 poblano; roughly chopped (remove seeds for milder flavor)
  • 1 clove garlic; roughly chopped
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/16 tsp cumin
  • 1/16 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Add the cilantro, poblano and garlic to a blender and pulse a few times to start breaking them down. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
  2. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. Will last about a week but will need to be stirred as it will separate slightly.

Creamy Cilantro Dressing - A bright and creamy cilantro dressing bolden by poblano peppers, warm spices, and tangy lime ~ The Complete Savorist

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25 Comments

  • Reply
    lizzy
    March 2, 2015 at 6:51 am

    OMG this dressing looks amazing – the awesome thing about it is, it would prob be amazing on beef, wraps, sandwiches…. anything. I will def. be making this one!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      March 2, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      You are right, amazing on beef wraps, pork, you name it. It is really versatile.

  • Reply
    Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    March 2, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Oh does this sound good! I love cilantro, and I love that this sounds fabulous, even without a “scientific” backing! Nice!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      March 2, 2015 at 2:12 pm

      I appreciate the support despite the lack of scientific knowledge. 🙂

  • Reply
    Melanie | Melanie Makes
    March 2, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Such a versatile dressing – can’t wait to give it a try!

  • Reply
    Sandi Gaertner (@sandigtweets)
    March 2, 2015 at 11:18 am

    I love cilantro and we have just enough in our garden to make this delish dressing!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      March 2, 2015 at 2:12 pm

      I cannot begin to express how jealous I am that you can grow cilantro…My plant fails EVERY SINGLE YEAR

  • Reply
    Healing Tomato
    March 2, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    5 stars
    Love your recipe and pics. The Cilantro dressing is very unique. We have a creamy cilantro chutney recipe that is close to what you have made here. I can’t wait to try your version.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      March 2, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      Oooo, I want to try your chutney! Thank you HT

  • Reply
    susan @ the wimpy vegetarian
    March 2, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    I can get a lot of use from a dressing like this! I love it and pinned and stumbled it too! Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      March 2, 2015 at 10:53 pm

      Thank you Susan, I hope you get to make it or your own inspired version soon.

  • Reply
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  • Reply
    Des @ Life's Ambrosia
    March 2, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    I have been finding lately that my cilantro turns way before I have a chance to use it. this is the perfect way to use it up!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      March 2, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      Yes, turn it into a dressing…how do you think a cilantro pesto would taste? I’m toying with that.

  • Reply
    Susan | LunaCafe
    March 2, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Love all things Mexican and cilantro in particular. Always looking for ways to use it and this dressing sounds heavenly.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      March 2, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      Thank you Susan, and I am with you, love all things Mexican and cilantro.

  • Reply
    christine
    March 4, 2015 at 8:42 am

    I love the beautiful color of this dressing. I bet it gives any dish a bright fresh tasting flavor!

    • Reply
      Michelle
      March 4, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      Thank you Christine, the dressing is very versatile and does give a brightened flavor.

  • Reply
    Joy @ Joy Love Food
    March 4, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Looks delicious I love cilantro and making my own dressings, so this is right up my alley! Your little glass pitcher is adorable too 🙂

    • Reply
      Michelle
      March 4, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      Ah thank you Joy, and I picked up the pitcher at World Market.

  • Reply
    Sandra - The Foodie Affair
    March 4, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    5 stars
    I absolutely love the flavor of cilantro and pairing it with a poblano chili sounds so tasty!! Substituting some Greek yogurt is an excellent way to cut out some fat. I use it in recipes a lot.

    • Reply
      Michelle
      March 4, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      Thank you Sandra, I really enjoyed the addition of the poblano.

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