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Copycat Cafe Rio Creamy Tomatillo Ranch Dressing


If I could only have one salad dressing for the rest of my life, this would be it no question.  I absolutely ADORE Cafe Rio's creamy tomatillo dressing and will eat it with just about anything!  Dee and I have played around with a lot of different copycat recipes and after making all kinds of different tweaks, this is our version which is absolute perfection as far as we are concerned.  The combination of tomatillos with lime, cilantro and jalapeños gives this creamy dressing the perfect tangy kick to pump up even the plainest of salads.  This makes about 2-3 cups so you will have plenty on hand for the whole week if you whip this up.  Try it with this sweet pork recipe piled on top of some rice and topped off with some lettuce and pico and you will be in taste bud heaven!

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 3 Tbsp dry ranch dressing mix
  • 3-4 medium tomatillos (remove outer leaves)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 bunch cilantro 
  • 1-2 jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped (or leave seeds to make it spicier)
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste (don’t skip this)
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth.  
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve, at least one hour.  THAT'S IT! :)


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