This versatile and flavorful cilantro ranch has a hint of fresh lime juice and honey. It makes a perfect dressing or sauce for Latin-inspired dishes like fish and chicken tacos or drizzled over roasted vegetables. You’ll love it on a simple salad and especially on my recipe for, Mexican Style Cobb Salad, So Deliciously Satisfying and Low in Calories. A 2 tablespoons serving has just 46 calories, 2 grams of fat and 2 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. It’s zesty and tangy flavors are so refreshing.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
¾ cup Nancy’s Skinny Ranch Dressing or a bottled Light Ranch Dressing
1 cup fresh cilantro (remove most of the stems)
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon honey
1.Prepare Nancy’s Skinny Ranch Dressing. Use the Quick Tip for this recipe, see below.
2. In a blender or mini chop, add ¼ cup ranch dressing, cilantro, lime juice, garlic and cayenne pepper. Pulse until well blended.
2. Pour into a small bowl. Stir in the remaining ½ cup ranch dressing and honey. Whisk until well blended.
3. Pour dressing into an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to thicken.
4. Cilantro Ranch Dressing will keep for up to 1 week refrigerated.
Makes 1 cup
Cilantro has a peppery aroma and distinctive flavor, sharp, and lemony with a hint of anise.
Cilantro is the Spanish word for “herb,” but is known elsewhere in Europe and beyond as coriander. Coriander is the preferred name for cilantro in several parts of the United States. It’s also called “Chinese Parsley” in the United States and Asia.
Coriander seeds have a health-supporting reputation that is high on the list of healing spices. In parts of Europe, coriander has traditionally been referred to as an “anti-diabetic” plant. In parts of India, it has traditionally been used for its anti-inflammatory properties. In the United States, coriander has recently been studied for its cholesterol-lowering effects.
Prepare the ranch dressing using the Quick Tip. This tip calls for using 1 package of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix instead of all the spices. It will save you a bunch a time.
Make the entire ranch dressing recipe, even though you’ll only use ¾ of a cup for this recipe. Refrigerate remaining ranch and use with other salads on my site such as Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen’s Taco Salad or CPK’s Original Barbecue Chicken Chopped Salad Made Skinny.
Weight Watchers (old points) 1 for 2 Tbsp
Weight Watchers Points Plus 2 for 2 Tbsp
|SKINNY FACTS: for 2 tablespoons
46 calories, 2.8g fat, 7g protein, 5g carbs, 0g fiber, 116mg sodium, 3g sugar
|FAT FACTS: for 2 tablespoons of Chili’s Creamy Cilantro Dressing
150 calories, 16g fat, 1g protein, 1g carbs, 0g fiber, 225mg sodium, 0g sugar,