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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Cilantro Crema Dressing Recipe (Also an Excellent Dip!)

Carne Asada Salad served with Homemade Cilantro Crema Dressing

This cilantro crema dressing recipe is divine. I first made up this concoction for carne asada salad (a salad we threw together one night that has since become a family favorite dinner) and have made it many times. Using crema Mexicana as the base, this sauce is a wonderful salad dressing but it is also a great dip for chips and raw vegetables. (Kettle crinkle-cut potato chips in the same room as this dip is my new kryptonite).

Bowl of cilantro crema dressing

We have also used this cilantro cream as toppings for other savory dishes, like baked potatoes and tacos. It would also be a great sauce to serve on top of a perfectly-cook steak. You get the idea, we’ve been using this stuff on everything.

Top view of a cilantro crema dressing recipe

If you’ve never had crema Mexicana, it’s used similarly to sour cream, but it is thinner in texture and doesn’t have a sour flavor. As a result, this cilantro crema dressing recipe makes for very fresh, light-tasting flavor, and the garlic and cilantro give it a nice brightness.

Cilantro crema dressing recipe in a bowl with a spoon

That’s about all I have to say about cilantro crema. Enjoy!

Cilantro Crema Dressing and Dip
 
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Can be used as a salad dressing, a sauce topping for foods like baked potatoes, steak and tacos, or as a dip for chips or fresh vegetables
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Ingredients
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped finely
  • 1 cup Mexican crema (see note below for details)
  • ½ cup avocado or olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 2 garlic cloves, through a garlic press
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix everything together and your done!
  2. The dressing is on the thicker side, but it still works great on salad!
Notes
Try to find crema Mexicana that is listed simply as "table cream." Sometimes crema Mexicana will be labeled "agria," or sour cream. While sour crema is still delicious, we like the dressing better when made with the plain, non-sour crema.

 


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