Easy Lime Agave Salad Dressing

Lime agave salad dressing

The Spruce / Emily Hawkes

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Yield: 3/4 cup
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
112 Calories
9g Fat
8g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 112
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 98mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 8mg 41%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 20mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Here's a simple way to make a simple and healthy homemade dairy-free and vegan salad dressing from lime zest, lime juice, olive oil and a little agave nectar (also called agave syrup) as a natural sweetener. This agave nectar salad dressing is a healthy homemade alternative to store-bought salad dressings. 

Beyond just salads, I use salad dressings in a number of different ways, so I try to always keep some on hand. Salad dressings are great in a pinch for adding to steamed fresh vegetables, adding to any leftover quinoa, (or to make a quick quinoa salad or bean salad, too), or, use this lime-based agave salad dressing to make a simple rice salad or something or other sooner or later.

All of the ingredients are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free, and, if you use cold-pressed oil and a completely raw agave syrup (read the label to check and see), it is suitable for anyone on a raw vegan food diet as well. If you want to swap out the agave nectar for honey, you may, though the recipe will not technically be vegan any longer, since most vegans avoid honey. 

Like making quick and easy salad dressings at home? Scroll down for even more easy and homemade vegan salad dressing recipes to try, from raspberry vinaigrette to a tahini-based Goddess dressing. 


  • 2 tablespoons lime zest, from 2 limes

  • 1/3 cup lime juice

  • 1/4 cup agave nectar

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for lime agave dressing
    The Spruce Eats / Emily Hawkes
  2. In a small bowl, combine the lime zest, lime juice, agave nectar, and olive oil and use a fork or a small whisk to whisk everything together until fully emulsified.

    The Spruce Eats / Emily Hawkes
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste, and whisk vigorously again to combine.

    The Spruce Eats / Emily Hawkes

Instead of using a small bowl and a whisk, I also sometimes like to just place everything together in a mason jar, cover, and then shake it all up until fully emulsified. It's kind of fun! 

Like making healthy green salads? Learn some creative ways to make a healthy green salad, or, check out our tips for making a normal green salad exciting by adding color, texture, and flavor.

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