This coriander lime yogurt dipping sauce is the perfect accompaniment to tortilla chips, nachos, spicy chicken, raw veggie sticks and more! It’s a simple, no-cook, 5-minute recipe with only 4 ingredients required – possibly the perfect quick little side dish!
I first developed this recipe to go with my grilled taco chicken skewers, but actually, it has so many uses that I decided to post it separately. To be honest, I’d happily make it just to dip Doritos in – salsa is good, but sometimes you need a change, and I find plain sour cream to be just a little bit dull.
What ingredients do you need to make this coriander lime yogurt?
Well, you need coriander, lime, and yogurt! A pinch of salt and pepper helps, but really it’s mainly just those 3 that shine here!
Don’t use dried coriander here. Only fresh works. This is because it takes time for all of the oils in dried herbs to be released during cooking, while fresh herbs have their flavour much more readily available.
If you’re in the US, then coriander is the same as cilantro – you might find that a little easier to get hold of. Here in the UK, it’s labelled coriander, hence the title!
You’ll want to chop your coriander pretty finely. Don’t worry too much about chopping in some of the stems – they’re usually nice and soft, and they also have plenty of flavour. In fact, this would be a good recipe to use up any leftover stems in as they often end up wasted!
While all limes vary, this recipe calls for the zest and juice of one lime. Of course, you can stick to this and add more yogurt if it ends up too sour, or you can add a little at a time and taste it in-between.
You could also use lemon here instead for a slightly different flavour. If you choose to do this, you may want to add extra zest or juice to the dipping sauce.
However, if you’re making it as an accompaniment to my grilled taco chicken skewers then you’ll also probably want to swap the lime in the marinade for lemon as well.
I chose to use regular plain, natural yogurt here. You’ll certainly want plain yogurt, but whether you choose regular or Greek yogurt is up to you.
Greek yogurt will provide you with a thicker dipping sauce, which I found to be a little heavy. However, as it’s you who’ll be eating it, choose whatever you fancy or have on hand!
Personally, I wouldn’t recommend using fat-free or low-fat yogurt as they can be a little watery and thin. However, if you manage to find a thick enough one or are happy with a thinner dipping sauce then using these won’t be an issue.
What equipment do I need to make some coriander lime yogurt sauce?
Honestly, just these 5 things:
- measuring spoons for your yogurt
- a juicer and zester or microplane for your lime
- a chef’s knife or knife set and cutting board for your coriander
and that’s all!
If you’re in the UK, try these
What should I serve with this dipping sauce?
I have a couple of Mexican recipes that pair well!
- grilled taco chicken skewers
- Mexican Cheesy Beef Baked Rice
- this one-pan Mexican veggie rice
- Quick Halloumi & Spinach Enchiladas
Although, for meat, you could also use it with:
- easy 30-minute chicken fajitas
- if you’ve got an instant pot, you might also like to try these 6-ingredient steak fajitas for with your yogurt dipping sauce!
- 4-ingredient spicy Mexican pork chops
- spicy green chile chicken enchiladas
- this Mexican chicken traybake with veggies – these are so cheesy that they look just heavenly! Plus, the yogurt dipping sauce will tone down the heat nicely to a more manageable level if you struggle with spicy food!
- fish tacos – and this recipe includes a lovely mango pico de gallo too!
Veggie-wise, these pair pretty well:
- this easy roasted Mexican corn on the cob
- these Mexican roasted sweet potato cubes would be delicious dipped in this coriander and lime yogurt!
- a Mexican pasta salad – like this chilli and prawn one! It looks delicious and seems like it would taste wonderful warm.
And, the all-important, these easy homemade tortilla chips!
Of course, with all of those recommendations, I’m sure you won’t have any leftovers, but if you do then just keep the leftover dipping sauce covered and in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Coriander Lime Yogurt Dipping Sauce
- 1 bunch fresh coriander finely chopped
- 1 lime zested and juiced
- 5 tbsp plain, natural yogurt
- 1 salt and pepper to taste
- Stir together all ingredients gently.
- Serve immediately or chill for up to 3 days until ready to serve.