Chilli and Lime Dressing

A simple chilli and lime dressing that will add a speckling of colour and a zingy flavour to any salad.

Chilli and Lime Dressing drizzled over a caprese salad


We're not getting much of a Summer here in Scotland, but I'm enjoying a lot of salads and one of my favourites is a caprese salad.

I usually treat it to a drizzle of a balsamic and mustard dressing, this time I made a chilli speckled dressing.

Milky slices if fresh mozzarella, slices of ripe, juicy tomato, a sprinkling of basil leaves and a drizzle of my chilli & lime dressing.



The chilli and lime dressing is super simple and quick to make.

Just add all the ingredients to a small bowl or glass and whisk together until well combined, then add to your favourite salad.

You can make extra dressing and keep it in the fridge for a few days until you need it again.

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Chilli & Lime Dressing
A simple dressing that will add a speckling of colour and a zingy flavour to any salad.
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • finely grated peel of 1 lime
  • freshly squeezed juice of ½ lime
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • freshly ground black pepper
Simply whisk all the ingredients in a bowl and season with black pepper. Taste and adjust to your own liking. You can add more or less of any of the ingredients.

Total time: Yield: dresses up to 6 salads


  1. Anything with lime works for me - and as we are having such good weather here at the moment a salad with this dressing would be perfect :)

  2. This is just the sort of caprese salad I would love to eat - inspired

  3. This just shouts summer (as I huddle under a blanket with a cup of tea on the couch!) :)

  4. Fantastic. I love chilli and lime. It adds a slightly Mexican touch to this salad.

  5. I love chilli and lime. What a great salad

  6. Oh, my, oh, my! Love your Caprese, with the chili, and lime twist.
    Love to add spice to traditional well known dishes, and always but always have lime on hand. Here in South Florida we have an abundance of lime, all year round. So affordable...sometimes you can buy a dozen for $1.00!

  7. Mmmm...that is totally my kind of dressing (and my kind of salad). Scrumptious!

  8. Nice dressing, I love a Caprese Salad.

  9. I love the sound of that dressing, especially when I see it has chilli in it. Delicious Jac!

  10. The dressing sounds divine - lovely!
    Karen - Lavender and Lovage

  11. That was so cruel of you to rub your nice weather in Tandy. So jealous!

    I do love Caprese Johanna :)

    I know, what is going on with the weather this year Victoria?

    You are so right Corina, it does sound a little mexican, doesn't it?

    Thanks Valerie :)

    I would be tempted to make lots of Margaritas with all those limes Elizabeth :)

    Thanks Heather :)

    Me too Janice :)

    It probably would have been even better with jalepenos Nic, but alas I only had chilli flakes :)

    Thanks Karen and Akheela :)

  12. A bit of heat is what we need, indeed..What is going on with the weather here!? Not a very nice welcome having just arrived back in London from Tarifa. I'm freezing; think I will need to drink this dressing with extra chilli added to warm up!

  13. Awww poor things. I hope you headed my suggestion and brought waterproofs to the UK with you.

  14. Oh, I can think of so many wonderful salads to drizzle with your dressing, but the thought of caprese salad with it is putting me over the edge!

  15. Great way to put a twist on an old favorite.

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  17. I love chilli in any form this is so simple and versatile.


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