40 Creative Ways to Use Lime in Paleo Cooking
Ah lime—lemon’s spunky cousin. Try this paleo lime recipes for sweets and treats, savory veggies and meats, baked goods, and just about anything else you can think of.
1. Harissa and Lime Roasted Salmon
With spicy harissa paste and tangy, zesty lime, this one-dish salmon and asparagus flavor will have your family begging for more. It’s super simple to make, too, which just salmon side, asparagus, harissa paste, lime juice and zest, olive oil, coarse salt, and pepper.
2. Raw Carrot Cake With Lime Coconut Frosting
This gorgeous carrot cake is unlike any you’ve ever tasted—in flavor, texture, and nutrition. It’s a raw cake made with healthy, real-food ingredients, including salty pistachios and a coconut-lime frosting with coconut butter, maple syrup, vanilla, and lime.
3. Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken
Slow cooker chicken is the best, in my opinion. It’s the juiciest and most flavorful, and the best part is that you can set it and forget it once you’ve put everything together. This chicken is made with yellow or white onion, chicken breast, fresh lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper, and cilantro.
4. Avocado Lime Pudding
Looking for a tasty snack that feels like a treat but is actually good for you? Trick yourself with this pretty green pudding with lots of healthy fats and vitamins, made from avocado, lime, raw honey or maple, frozen cucumber, sea salt, vanilla, and a hint of stevia if you need it.
5. Honey Lime Salmon
One of my favorite features of the humble lime is that it works with sweet and savory recipes both, using just about any kind of ingredient. Lime goes with everything! This salmon recipe also uses garlic, red chili flakes, ginger, coconut aminos, and honey.
6. Pan Seared Chicken in Chili Cilantro Lime Marinade
Lime make an excellent marinade for chicken and other meats, and in this recipe it’s combined with olive oil, chopped cilantro, garlic, chili pepper, honey, salt, and more ground chili. The melding of the flavors is perfect!
7. Lime and Avocado Pudding, Take Two
Here’s a second version of avocado lime pudding, this time with different ingredients. You’ll need avocados, lime juice, coconut nectar, lime zest, coconut oil, and a scraped vanilla pod. The coconut oil helps give this pudding a bit more structure.
8. Syrian Lime Chicken Skillet
This dinner is bursting with flavor from the marinade to the skillet itself. You’ll taste lime, sea salt, coriander, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, black pepper, and more with veggies like garlic, carrot, zucchini, celery, and artichoke.
9. Paleo Hummus
Cauliflower is a magic paleo ingredient that’s pretty trendy right now, so I can’t help but continue to share cool recipes using it. This one is for a paleo-friendly hummus flavored with lime juice, cumin, garlic powder, olive oil, and tahini. It’s a great healthy dip.
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10. Cauliflower Couscous With Lime and Cilantro
Missing couscous? You can make a cauliflower version! This one is both simple and delicious with extra virgin olive oil, fresh cilantro, lime juice and zest, sea salt, and freshly ground peppercorns. It would be excellent as a side dish for chicken or steak.
11. Grilled Skirt Steak With Pepper Slaw
For a full meal with lots of flavor and flair, try this skirt steak with pepper “slaw.” You’ll need your steak, lime zest, chili powder, garlic, salt, black pepper, red wine vinegar, and olive oil along with mixed bell peppers, cilantro, and lime juice.
12. Spicy Strawberri Dessert Salsa
Lime juice keeps this dessert salsa bright and flavorful and helps keep the apple from turning brown if you don’t gobble it all up in minutes (which, to be honest, is bound to happen). Serve the salsa with delicious and soft paleo-friendly sugar cookies.
13. Anti-Inflammatory Tropical Turmeric Smoothie
With simple ingredients like fresh pineapple, banana, lime, coconut oil, turmeric, and aloe vera juice, this smoothie will soothe your body and help reduce inflammation. It also happens to be delicious, and it’s not even a tiny bit green this time.
14. Chicken Fajita Bowl With Cauliflower Rice
You know when someone orders the fajitas at a restaurant and it’s this big production with sizzling hot pans and a lot of fanfare? You can recreate that at home without the gigantic price tag, and with healthier ingredients! This yummy chicken is marinated with lime, garlic, chili powder, and more.
15. Avocado Cilantro Lime Mayonnaise
To make this homemade condiment, choose (or make) a mayonnaise that’s paleo-friendly and made with olive, coconut, or avocado oil. You’ll also need fresh avocado, chopped fresh cilantro, and lime juice. The flavors are bright and beautiful, and it goes with anything!
16. Pork Tacos
I can’t get over how gorgeous these pork tacos are! You can make your own with boneless pork shoulder, sea salt, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, radicchio, watermelon radishes, lime juice, red cabbage, and a handful of other colorful, delicious, and nutritious fixings.
17. Spring Pea Dip With Almonds, Ginger, and Cilantro
Who says you can’t make dip out of peas? Not this dip! The blogger calls it “epic” with healthy and yummy ingredients like raw almonds, fresh ginger, and frozen (thawed) green peas. Lime juice and olive oil round out the flavors with a touch of sea salt and a handful of cilantro.
18. Grilled Flake Steak With Thai Style Chimichurri
For this recipe, your flank steak is flavored with olive oil, coconut aminos (to replace the soy sauce), garlic, salt, and pepper, and once grilled, it’s served with a spicy Thai-style chimichurri. You’ll need to get your hands on some lemon grass, fresh chili, Thai basil, lime juice, and fresh coriander.
19. Pineapple Coconut Lime Smoothie
The tropical flavors of this smoothie will take you right out of your busy weekday afternoon and right into a tropical vacation. Okay, not really. But it’ll at least remind you of that really good dream you had last night. And with only three ingredients—all healthy!
20. Key Lime Smoothie Bowl
This smoothie bowl will remind you of your favorite key lime pie anyway—healthy style! You’ll need avocado, coconut milk, baby spinach, fresh key lime juice, lime zest vanilla extract, and a sweetener of your choice. Coconut nectar would be a great selection here.
21. Roasted Carrots With Lime Zest
Lime zest isn’t the first thing most people think to put on their carrots, but once you try it, you’ll be hooked. These carrots are bursting with flavor from grass-fed butter or ghee, sea salt, black pepper, smashed garlic cloves, chipotle powder, and lime zest.
22. Lime Aioli
For a dip that’s a little more sophisticated than mayonnaise but still creamy and delicious, try this lime aioli. You’ll need garlic, a room temperature egg, Dijon mustard, fresh lime juice, light olive oil, sea salt flakes, and freshly cracked black pepper.
23. Marinated Skirt Steak With Cilantro-Lime Ghee
Just like you would make compound butter, you can make compound ghee! This one is made with garlic, fresh cilantro, lime zest, flake sea salt, cumin, and cayenne pepper, and it’s served in dollops atop a delicious lime and garlic skirt steak.
24. Mexican Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos
These carnitas are the juiciest and most flavorful—absolutely amazing. You’ll need pork shoulder, lime juice, coarse sea salt, cumin, garlic powder, chili powder, onion powder, and oregano. Turn them into tacos with avocado, red onion, and lime. Obviously you won’t be using corn tortillas, so do it your way!
25. Kaffir Lime and Coconut Chia Pudding With Berries
This chia pudding doesn’t have any sweetener besides the berries themselves, so it makes a great healthy-but-decadent breakfast if you make it up the night before. You’ll need coconut, kaffir lime leaves, chia seeds, strawberries, and fresh blueberries.
26. Raw Pad Thai With Spicy Almond Sauce
This pad Thai is totally amazing. It’s like a salad, but also like a pasta dish, and you won’t miss the grains at all. My favorite part is the super-yummy spicy almond sauce made from almond butter, fresh lime juice, tamarind paste, fresh ginger, garlic, and sriracha sauce.
27. Black Garlic and Lime Cedar Plank Salmon
If you’ve never had black garlic, you’re in for a treat! You’ll make this salmon dish on a cedar plank with black garlic, lime juice and slices, onion powder, black pepper, and dried oregano. Serve it as a main dish with cauliflower rice, steamed veggies, or anything else you like.
28. Cranberry, Pomegranate, Mint, and Lime Iced Tea
This iced tea is friendly to kids and adults alike, and it’s really hydrating, so it’s the perfect healthy treat to enjoy on a hot summer afternoon. You’ll need cranberry-pomegranate tea (get one without additives), boiling water, lime juice, and garnishes for serving.
29. Purple Carrot, Strawberry, Watermelon, and Lime Smoothie
This smoothie is so healthy, but it isn’t even green! This trick is the carrots and cashews. So tasty! You’ve also got watermelon, strawberries, coconut, and lime juice. Almond milk would be a great choice to use here, because coconut milk might be too rich and thick.
30. Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Verde
Made with lime, crushed garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, oregano, onion, tomatillos, and banana peppers, this shredded chicken is as juicy and flavorful as can be, and if you set it up in your slow cooker in the morning, you can come home to a delicious dinner waiting for you in the evening.
31. Proscuitto Wrapped Scallops With Avocado Salsa Verde
This salsa verde is bright and tasty with avocado, lime, red onion, jalapeno, and cilantro, and it’s served on top of perfectly golden seared scallops wrapped in bacon’s more sophisticated cousin. Is there anything about this recipe that isn’t perfect?
32. Kelp Noodle Pad Thai With Shrimp
If you really do need noodles in your pad Thai, try this version with kelp noodles. It’s made with green onion, garlic, shrimp, crushed cashews, carrots, and sprouts, and served with a sauce made from almond butter, lime juice, chili flakes, coconut sugar, and white wine vinegar. Replace the soy sauce with coconut aminos.
33. Butternut Squash Coconut Curry With Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
This curry is packed with everything you’d want to be in it, from red chili pepper, coconut sugar, and butternut squash to beech mushrooms, snow peas bell pepper, and Thai curry paste. It’s served with a delicious lime and cilantro cauliflower rice on the side.
34. Chipotle Lime Marinated Grilled Pork Chops
This pork chops are simple, and most of the flavoring happens in the marinade with chipotle chilis in adobo sauce, dried Italian spice mix, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, lots of lime juice, fresh cilantro, and sea salt. I would serve these up with some grilled vegetables and call it a day.
35. Easy Guacamole
Please don’t tell me you’re still buying guacamole from the prepared refrigerator section at Whole Foods. It’s so easy to make at home! All you need for this version is avocados, diced onion, grape tomatoes, garlic, lime, olive oil, and a few seasonings and spices.
36. Mint and Lime Infused Mango Sorbet
Infused sorbets are my favorite, and they’re one of my top uses for my garden of culinary herbs. This one is made with very ripe mango, fresh mint leaves, lime juice, and a healthy sweetener of choice to taste—stevia would be a good paleo-friendly option.
37. Mango Muffins With Coconut-Lime Streusel
These muffins are tropical in every possible way, and they’re totally delicious. You’ll make a mango muffin base with coconut flour, fresh mango, lime juice, vanilla, and honey or maple syrup, and top it with a coconut-lime streusel made from shredded coconut, lime zest, and coconut oil.
38. Cherry Lime Slushie
Cherries and limes go really well together, with the dark sweetness of cherries and the brightness of lime. This grown-up slushie is made with fresh lime juice, sweet cherry juice, honey, cherries, and vodka. You can make a kid-friendly version by leaving out the booze.
39. Sugar Free Watermelon Strawberry Agua Fresca
I love ordering an agua fresca when I go out for Mexican food, but it’s always a disappointed to take a sip and realize it’s not made with real fruit or even real sugar (though that wouldn’t be paleo anyway). This version is refined sugar free with watermelon, strawberries, lime juice, and apple cider.
40. Chipotle-Lime Roasted Cauliflower
Why not give your cauliflower a makeover just like your carrots? The flavor is awesome in this dish with lime juice, garlic, salt, pepper, and chipotle chili powder. Serve as a side dish with chicken or steak, or even just enjoy them as a healthy snack.
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