This cool, creamy and easy dressing is seriously next level! I have been making it for years now and it’s a must have on just about any Mexican style dish in my home.

Just a handful of ingredients, thick and indulgent but contains zero oil, soy, gluten or dairy. Drizzle it on anything from tacos, burrito bowls, salads or perhaps just a plain old bowl of black beans. Yep, I’ve definitely done it.

Check out these recipes for a little extra inspo:

Mexican Spiced Cauliflower Tacos

Chili Roasted Butternut Squash Tacos

5 from 3 votes

Cilantro Lime Crema


  • 1 cup raw cashews soaked
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Juice of 1 lime , roughly 1/4 cup
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 clove garlic optional


  1. Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender for about 1-2 minutes until creamy and smooth. Adjust lime and cilantro to taste.

Recipe Notes

Soak cashews in water for 4 hours or overnight. Short on time? Pour boiling water over them and soak for 5 minutes. You can also skip them step if you have a high powered blender like a Vitamix.

Dressing may thicken in the refrigerator.

Will keep in the refrigerator for about 3-5 days