Honey Lime Dressing is a healthy vinaigrette that’s fresh and flavorful and so easy to make. Whip up a fresh batch of this lime salad dressing to serve with all of your favorite salads. In this post we’ll also learn how much lime juice in one lime, how to juice a lime and all the lime juice benefits found in this little green citrus fruit. 

jar of honey lime dressing

This homemade lime salad dressing is slightly sweet and tangy and it pairs nicely with just about any salad you’ll want to toss it with, whether it’s leafy greens, quinoa or bean salad.

lime salad dressing ingredients

How to Make Healthy Vinaigrette Dressing

Healthy vinaigrette dressing recipes often include healthy ingredients like citrus (freshly squeezed lemon, lime or orange juice), natural sweetener (like maple syrup or honey), Dijon mustard, garlic or shallots and fresh or dried herbs (like cilantro, parsley, basil, oregano, marjoram and thyme).

I prefer using mason jars when I make my salad dressings because all you have to do add all the ingredients to the mason jar, seal the lid tightly, then shake vigorously to blend the ingredients. Leftovers will keep in the tightly sealed mason jar in the refrigerator for up to a week. You will need to let the mason jar sit at room temperature for a few minutes before using though because the olive oil will solidify a bit in the fridge.

Lime Salad Dressing Recipe

This perky dressing is quick and easy to make, and there are numerous lime juice benefits that’ll make you want to keep extra limes on hand at home so you can whip this dressing up in a pinch.

  • Fresh lime juice
  • Grated lime zest
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Clover honey
  • Dijon mustard
  • Garlic 
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Variations

  • Swap out the lime juice and zest and use lemon or orange juice and zest instead.
  • Use pure maple syrup instead of honey (I especially like to use pure maple syrup when I make dressing with orange juice).
  • Omit the honey altogether. Some people (like my son) don’t like anything sweet in their dressings.
  • Add 1-2 teaspoons freshly chopped cilantro when using lime juice or 1/4 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme when using lemon juice

How to Make Lime Salad Dressing

  1. Whisk ingredients together in a bowl or add ingredients to a mason jar, seal the lid and shake vigorously to blend well.

lime juice dressing

Serving Suggestions

This Honey Lime Vinaigrette is one of my favorite go-to recipes, next to this Lemon Mustard Vinaigrette and this Healthy Citrus Vinaigrette . I really love a good citrus dressing and always have citrus on hand so I can easily pull a simple dressing together in a pinch.  This Honey Lime Dressing is similar to my Simple Lime Vinaigrette, except I use honey instead of pure maple for this recipe and we don’t add any cumin or cilantro at all to this recipe. 

How to Juice a Lime

There’s a few easy ways to juice a lime, but rolling, slicing and squeezing citrus is the method I most frequently use.

  1. Hand squeezing. Place the lime on the counter and using the palm of your hand apply pressure to the lime as you roll the lime back and forth. Then slice the lime in half and squeeze the lime over a bowl using your hand to extract all of the juice from the lime. 
  2. Lime reamer.  Place the lime on the counter and using the palm of your hand apply pressure to the lime as you roll the lime back and forth. Then slice the lime in half and place the lime on the reamer sliced side down and twist the lime half to extract all of the juice from the lime. 
  3. Juice presser.  Slice the lime in half and place half of the lime sliced side up on the presser and squeeze the handles together as the juice squeezes out into a bowl.

How Much Lime Juice in One Lime

Limes can vary in the amount of juice they produce. You can cut open a lime and it might be as juicy as a lemon and other times, they’ll be very dry on the inside hardly producing any juice at all.

  • 1 large lime can produce 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 medium lime can produce 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 small lime can produce 1 to 1-1/2 tablespoons lime juice

Lime Juice Benefits

Limes are rich with vitamin C and also provide small amounts of iron, vitamin B6, potassium and more. There’s so many lime juice benefits making it worthy of your attention.

  1. Rich with vitamin C.  Vitamin C may help increase the production of white blood cells needed to protect our bodies against infection and disease. Vitamin C may also help shorten the duration of colds and help wounds recover quickly by stimulating collagen production (which is an important protein needed for wound repair) and by reducing inflammation. (1) (2) (3) (4)
  2. Rich source of antioxidants. Limes are rich with antioxidants known as limonoids, kaempferol, quercetin and absorbic acid. Antioxidants help protect cells from free radicals which can damage cells that have been linked to diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer. (5) (6)
  3. May help prevent kidney stones.  Citrus fruits are high in citric acid which may help prevent the formation of kidney stones. Kidney stones can form in kidneys when urine is highly concentrated and when there are high levels of certain minerals such as calcium. (7)
  4. Aids iron absorption. Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C which may help prevent iron deficiency anemia by improving absorption of iron from foods.(8)
  5. Promotes healthy skin. Vitamin C is necessary for the body to produce collagen, which is a protein that promotes healthy skin and reduces wrinkles. (9)
  6. Protects cardiovascular system. The antioxidants found in limes may help lower blood pressure, protect against atherosclerosis and reduce risk of heart disease. (10)  (11)  (12) 

 

lime juice benefits - jar of citrus vinaigrette

Looking for more healthy salad dressing recipes to make?

Want more ideas? Check out all my healthy salad dressing recipes.

honey lime dressing
Yield: 4 servings

Honey Lime Dressing

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Honey Lime Dressing is a healthy vinaigrette that’s fresh and flavorful and so easy to make. Whip up a fresh batch of this lime salad dressing to serve with all of your favorite salads. In this post we’ll also learn how much lime juice in one lime, how to juice a lime and all the lime juice benefits found in this little green citrus fruit. 

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons clover honey
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic grated or freshly minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

    1. Whisk ingredients together in a bowl or add ingredients to a mason jar, seal the lid and shake vigorously to blend well.

Notes

  • Swap out the lime juice and zest and use lemon or orange juice and zest instead.
  • Use pure maple syrup instead of honey (I especially like to use pure maple syrup when I make dressing with orange juice).
  • Omit the honey altogether. Some people (like my son) don't like anything sweet in their dressings.
  • Add 1-2 teaspoons freshly chopped cilantro when using lime juice or 1/4 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme when using lemon juice

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 158Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 333mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 0g

theharvestkitchen.com attempts to provide accurate information, however, this nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. The nutritional information provided comes from online sources and calculations.