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Kick up your Salad with Tequila Lime Dressing

Kick up your Salad with Tequila Lime Dressing

Tequila isn’t just good at giving you massive headaches the day after. It’s also an excellent cooking ingredient.
By Bonnie Rodriguez 

I have an obsession for Margaritas.  It’s true.  I admit it.  Every Saturday morning as I make our morning juice to accompany breakfast.   I juice a little extra just for me, for my Saturday night margarita.

This being said I do find myself having several bottles of Tequila handy, some with only a ounce or two left.  What’s a girl to do? Chunk the bottle, please. I would never waste a great ounce of tequila.  I simply find creative ways to incorporate Tequila into my dishes.

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Tequila can add a hit of flavor to any of your day to day meals.  Add a splash to your roast chicken, fajitas or even steaks.  What about tequila infused fruit or adding a smidge to your next sorbet.  How about adding tequila instead of vinegar to your dressing.

Tequila combined with cilantro, lime and honey add a pop to your mid week salad.  I enjoyed this dressing over spinach, jicama, mango and avocado. So the next time you purchase a wonderful bottle of Tequila, try to think outside the box.  Incorporate Tequila into your cooking.

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Kick up your Salad with Tequila Lime Dressing

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  • Author: Vianney Rodriguez
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x


  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp tequila
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 bunch cilatnro, washed and ends trimmed
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. In a food processor add lime juice, honey and tequila. Pulse to combine. Add cilantro and process until smooth. Set the food processor to lowest setting and slowly add the olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


Dressing will keep in fridge for up to 7 days
As the dressing cools it will thicken, add a splash of water and stir to thin.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
View Comments (4)
  • Hi Bonnie! So excited to see you here :) And you know that your Saturday margarita is one of your best traits where I’m concerned :) Wonderful idea for a dressing, will have to try it :)

  • Hi Bonnie, Welcome to H.C.! What a creative and delicious way of using Tequila. I unfortunately had an incident involving too much Tequila so unfortunately I can’t even stand the smell. It’s totally my loss. Otherwise I’d by trying your delish dressing soon.

  • I started with just one tablespoon of tequila but kept the same ratios for the other ingredients because I didn’t want the dressing to have a harsh taste from the tequila. I think that was the right amount for my taste. I did add a decent amount of salt and I also added @ 1/2 tsp of cumin.

    Meal for Two: I made this to top a simple grilled sweet potato salad that had red onion, fresh avocado and crumbled Cojito cheese. I used 1/2 of the dressing to marinade two chicken cutlets that were grilled to accompany the salad.

    And, of course, there were Margaritas involved!

    Thanks for a great recipe.

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