This creamy sauce gives everything an extra flavor oomph.  The spicy jalapeno paired with the herby cilantro and tangy fresh lime juice is one of my favorite flavor combinations.  I made this sauce extra creamy from buttery avocado, almond milk and optional vegan mayo.  It gets a flavor boost from fresh garlic and a bit of salt and pepper too.  Together these ingredients make a totally addictive sauce that you can put on just about everything this summer.  I love it on roasted vegetables, quinoa, salads, pasta and rice.  It also goes great in wraps or as a taco topper.  I’ve even used is as a dip for raw veggies.

Try it With:

Brown Rice Black Bean Salad with Mango and Avocado
Mexican Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Avocado
One-Pan Mexican Quinoa and Black Beans
Mexican Veggie Burrito Bowls
Roasted Spaghetti Squash Boats with Quinoa, Chickpea & Veggie “Taco Meat”
Baked Broccoli and Quinoa Falafel

This sauce seems to elevate the flavor profile of every meal.  I served it recently with a mango-avocado quinoa salad with roasted pepitas and my friends loved the sauce so much they said I should bottle it up and sell it.  I knew I had to add it to the blog and share with you all.

The recipe comes together quickly and easily.  You just throw everything in a mini food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.

It is effortless and always impresses people.  I just love the vibrant green color and strong cilantro flavor.  Overnight the cilantro flavor gets even stronger.

This recipe is raw, vegan, soy-free, gluten-free and peanut-free.  You can make it nut-free by using a nut-free plant milk in place of the almond milk.

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Creamy Cilantro Jalapeno Lime Sauce

  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1.5 cups 1x


This creamy, dairy-free sauce will liven up any dish. It is packed with fresh flavor and has a little spicy kick from the jalapeno. I love to pair this with roasted veggies, salads, quinoa or rice. It also makes a great taco topping. It comes together quickly and easily with just a mini food processor to puree everything together.



  • 2 cups packed cilantro, thick bottom stems cut off
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds and stem removed, chopped
  • 1/2 small ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (or any plain, unsweetened plant milk)
  • 1 large juicy lime, juiced
  • 2 small garlic cloves (or 1 large)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegan, soy-free mayonnaise (optional for added creaminess)


  1. Place all ingredients in a mini food processor and blend until smooth and creamy (about 30-40 seconds). Scrape down the sides as needed. Add water to thin if desired.
  2. Use immediately or store in a small airtight container in your refrigerator for 2-3 days.