If you're looking to elevate your salad game with a burst of refreshing flavours, then look no further than the delightful Mint Lime Dressing. This zesty vinaigrette combines the tanginess of lime juice with the coolness of fresh mint, creating a tantalizing fusion that will awaken your taste buds.
With its invigorating combination of lime juice, fresh mint leaves, and other simple ingredients, our Mint Lime Vinaigrette is a versatile and delicious addition to your salad repertoire.
Whether you use it as a salad dressing, marinade, dipping sauce, or grain bowl enhancer, this vibrant vinaigrette is sure to elevate your dishes to new heights of flavour.
You Will Need
How To Make It
Wash the mint under cold running water, and either pat it dry with a towel or spin it dry with a salad spinner.
Strip the mint leaves from the stems.
In a blender or food processor, combine the olive oil, lime juice, mint leaves, and Dijon mustard.
Blend the ingredients until you achieve a smooth and well-incorporated mixture.
Taste and season with sea salt and cracked black pepper according to your preference. Adjust the seasoning as needed; if you find it too tart add a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup.
Transfer the vinaigrette to a jar or container with a tight-fitting lid.
Store it in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes to allow the flavours to meld together or serve it straight away if you can't wait 😉.
Uses for Minty Lime Vinaigrette
- Salad Dressing: The Minty Lime Vinaigrette shines as a dressing for all types of salads. Its tangy and herbaceous profile complements fresh greens, vegetables, and fruits beautifully. Drizzle it over a bed of mixed greens, or toss it with a cucumber and watermelon salad for a refreshing summer treat.
- Marinade for Grilled Meats: Take your grilling game to the next level by using the Mint Lime Dressing as a marinade for meats. The lime juice tenderizes the meat while imparting a vibrant citrus flavour, and the mint adds a pleasant herbal note. It works exceptionally well with chicken, pork, fish and prawn/shrimp.
- Dipping Sauce: Transform your appetizers and snacks into delightful bites by pairing them with the Minty Lime Vinaigrette as a dipping sauce. Use it alongside vegetable skewers, steak kabobs or crispy chicken tenders for an extra zing.
- Roasted Vegetables: Toss roasted vegetables with the dressing just before serving. It will add a fresh and tangy dimension to the caramelized flavours of roasted vegetables like Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, or asparagus.
- Grain Bowl Enhancer: Add a burst of flavour to your grain bowls by drizzling them with the Mint Lime Dressing. It complements a wide range of grains such as quinoa, farro, or brown rice. Combine it with your favourite proteins, veggies, and toppings for a vibrant and satisfying meal.
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Tips and Questions
Can I Use Dried Mint Instead of Fresh Mint Leaves?
I do not recommend using dried mint in this recipe as its concentrated flavour is sharper and slightly bitter and you lose out on the menthol-like flavour and wonderful fragrance you get from fresh mint.
Can I Add Sweeteners Like Honey or Maple Syrup to the Vinaigrette?
If you prefer a touch of sweetness in your dressing, you can add a small amount of honey, maple syrup, or another sweetener of your choice. Start with a teaspoon and adjust to taste, keeping in mind that the vinaigrette is primarily intended to have a tangy and refreshing flavour profile.
How Much Dressing Does It Make?
This recipe makes just under one cup of dressing which is enough to dress one salad for six people. Or approximately 13 tablespoons, the nutritional information has been calculated per tablespoon of dressing.
How Long Can I Store the Mint Lime Salad Dressing?
When stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, the dressing can typically last for up to one week. However, it's best to check for any signs of spoilage, such as an off smell or change in texture, before using it.
What Diets Is It Suitable For?
Our Lime and Mint Salad Dressing is a versatile option that caters to various dietary preferences, as it is suitable for keto, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, and whole30 diets. It does not contain any animal products, gluten-based, dairy or high-carb ingredients.
- small food processor or bullet blender
- Glass jar or sealed container.
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup lime juice
- ⅓ cup mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- Sea salt and cracked black pepper
- Wash the mint, either pat it dry with a towel or spin it dry with a salad spinner, then strip the mint leaves from the stems.
- In a blender or food processor, combine the olive oil, lime juice, mint leaves, and Dijon mustard.
- Blend the ingredients until you achieve a smooth and well-incorporated mixture.
- Taste and season with sea salt and cracked black pepper according to your preference. Adjust the seasoning as needed.
- Transfer the vinaigrette to a jar or container with a tight-fitting lid.
- Store it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavours to meld together.