Honey Lime Vinaigrette Recipe

This honey lime vinaigrette recipe is refreshing and tasty on any southwestern-style salad!

I did a little research on this recipe, and I found something very interesting. All the recipes on the web (or at least the ones that I looked at) for honey lime dressing were nearly identical.

Clean Eating Honey Lime Vinaigrette

But I like to be different…

I had never tried this dressing before, so I went ahead and made it the “traditional” way. It was good, but it was lacking something, and I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. So I started thinking about the type of recipe it was and what types of ingredients go well with that general flavor. Then it hit me… the secret ingredient!!

Yes, this one is just a little different than all the other recipes you’ll find on the web because of one little ingredient that made all the difference. It tastes a little odd right out of the bottle but put it over salad, and it’s positively dreamy.

So what’s the secret ingredient? One tablespoon of coconut oil. That’s it! It tastes kind of coconutty if you dip your finger in it to taste, but if you put it over salad, it’s nearly indistinguishable, yet adds that extra something that kicks this dressing up a notch in the flavor department.

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Honey Lime Vinaigrette

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Course: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 65kcal


  • Blender


  • 2 medium limes (juiced (about 1/4-1/3 cup juice)
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • salt to taste


  • Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and well combined.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1tbsp. | Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Jess @ What The Efff says:

    This looks so good! I’m fairly new to using coconut oil – would you recommend melting it before blending everything together? Or, is it okay to keep it as a solid?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jess – If you are using a blender, there is no need to warm it.

  2. Hi Tiffany
    This looks great but seems fairly high in calories is there any suggestions you have that could lower the calories for this? Also what type of salad mix do you suggest this on?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Allie – 63 calories is not that high. But you can always cut the olive oil in half.

  3. Hi Tiffany,
    What brand of coconut oil do you use?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tonya – I get the virgin, organic stuff at Trader Joe’s. It’s their brand.

  4. How do you store this? In the fridge?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Marie – Yes, in the fridge.

  5. Hi Tiffany,
    Could I use raw organic honey for this recipe?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Paulette – Definitely! 🙂