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Easy Cilantro Garlic Sauce

This delicious Pollo Tropical inspired Cilantro Garlic Sauce is so easy to make and versatile! It can be used as salad dressing, dipping sauce, or a taco topping. Just throw all of the ingredients into the food processor and blend.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 105kcal
Author: Brianna May


  • cup sour cream*
  • cup mayonnaise*
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves & stems packed
  • 1-2 limes juiced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • salt to to taste


  • Place the sour cream, mayo, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, and onion powder in the bowl of the food processor.
  • Pulse until smooth and there are no garlic chunks left. Add water to thin if needed.


Sour Cream: Both full fat and low fat will work. I like to use full fat because it makes the sauce a little richer and creamier. You can also use Greek yogurt. 
Mayonnaise: Use a high quality mayo, like Sir Kensington's.
Refrigerator: Store cilantro garlic sauce in an airtight container or jar in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Use good quality mayo. I highly recommend Sir Kensington's mayo. It has a great flavor. 
Use the cilantro stems. The stems have just as much flavor as the leaves. 
Use a spatula. A spatula is very helpful for scraping down the sides of the food processor bowl and transferring the cilantro garlic sauce to an airtight container. 
Blend until completely smooth. Stir the sauce and make sure there are no large pieces of garlic or any unblended cilantro leaves stuck to the bottom or sides. 
Taste as you go. Add more lime or salt if needed. 
Thin the sauce if needed. You can add a little water to the sauce if you prefer a runnier consistency.
Spicy cilantro garlic sauce: Add ½-1 jalapeño with the seeds and membrane or ¼-1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes. Taste as you good so it does not get too spicy.
Vegan cilantro garlic sauce: Use a vegan mayo, like Primal Kitchen’s, and a dairy free sour cream, like Kite Hill. 
Cooked garlic: If the raw fresh garlic is too strong, roast the garlic in the oven or sauté it on the stove.


Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g