This Honey Lime Dressing recipe is sweet and tangy. The salad dressing is made with honey, lime juice, and a few other simple ingredients. The honey adds a natural sweetness, the lime juice provides a bright and zesty flavor that balances perfectly, and the olive oil helps to create a smooth and creamy texture.
Pair this dressing with your favorite fruit salads or drizzle it onto chicken, seafood, or pork. You’ll love our Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing.
- Olive Oil
- Fresh Lime
- Lime Zest
- Garlic Powder
- Salt and Pepper
What Type of Olive Oil to Use
Extra virgin olive oil is generally the best choice. It is the highest quality and most flavorful type of olive oil, and it is made by simply pressing the olives without using heat or chemicals. This results in a fresh and fruity taste that can enhance the flavor of your salad.
How to Zest a Lime
Zesting a lime is where you remove the outer layer of the lime’s skin. The zest contains the fruit’s aromatic oils and flavor. It has a strong, citrusy flavor that can be used to add flavor to a variety of dishes and will provide more lime flavor than just juice alone.
Here’s how to do it:
- Wash the lime thoroughly to remove any dirt or residue.
- Use a zester, cheese grater, or microplane grater and hold the lime over a cutting board and gently rub the lime against the grater, moving it in a back-and-forth motion.
- Grate only the green part of the skin. Avoiding the white pith underneath, as it can be bitter.
- Continue to grate the lime until you have enough zest.
How to Substitute Honey
- Monkfruit: Natural sweetener that does not have any calories, carbs, or sugar. Measure and use to taste.
- Maple syrup: It has a similar sweetness and texture. It can be substituted 1:1 in equal parts.
- Agave nectar: It’s a natural sweetener made from the agave plant. It has a slightly milder flavor than honey and is a good substitute for vegans who do not consume honey. It can be used in equal parts to replace honey in most recipes.
- Molasses: Molasses is a thick, dark syrup that is a byproduct of sugar production. It has a strong, earthy flavor that can add depth to some recipes.
- Brown sugar: It has a similar sweetness.
- Raw sugar: Raw sugar is a minimally processed sugar that has a slightly different flavor than white sugar.
Keep in mind all of these substitutes do not taste exactly like honey. The recipe will taste different and may have a different texture if you use any of these options.
How to Make Honey Lime Dressing
Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Combine olive oil, honey, lime juice, lime zest, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste in a jar or bowl.
- Stir until well combined.
How to Make it Spicy
Add cayenne pepper to make it spicy. Feel free to add enough to suit your taste.
How to Store the Dressing/How Long it Will Last in the Fridge
Store the dressing tightly sealed and covered in the fridge. It will last up to a week.
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Honey Lime Dressing
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice This was 2 large limes for me.
- 1 teaspoon lime zest See notes.
- 1/2 cup honey Start with 1/4 cup and add more to suit your taste.
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- Combine all of the ingredients and stir until well combined.
- Serve immediately or chilled.