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Cafe Rio {Copycat} Creamy Tomatillo Cilantro Ranch Dressing [+ Video]

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Looking for a Cafe Rio copycat recipe that wont take all day to make and tastes like the real thing? Try cafe rio creamy tomatillo cilantro ranch dressing!

Looking for a Cafe Rio copycat recipe that wont take all day to make and tastes like the real thing? Try cafe rio creamy tomatillo cilantro ranch dressing!

Every time we go to Cafe Rio I order the sweet pork salad. It’s enough to feed both Cade and I, but if you know Cade you know that he does not split meals. He wants to have his own meal and eat it all. Drives me a little crazy but at least I get to save the leftovers.

Are Cafe Rio Salads Healthy?

Well, I want to tell you yes because it’s a salad and most of all because I eat it, but the truth is, they really aren’t. I mean, that’s one big salad and it’s full of carbs, cheese, and that dressing. In fact, there are almost 1000 calories in a Cafe Rio salad and that’s if you don’t count the guacamole and the extra dressing you keep adding. But, split it with me (I’m looking at you, Cade) and you just saved yourself half the calories and you’re still full.

What is in Cafe Rio Dressing?

Cafe Rio creamy tomatillo dressing or cilantro ranch like some call it is only a few ingredients but the key is for sure in how you combine them together. You start off with lime juice, tomatillo, cilantro, milk and a ranch packet. All of that goes in a blender and then add a jalapeno to really spice things up. I personally like to take the seeds out as I’m a wimp when it comes to spicy but you do whatever is best for you.

 
 

How to Make Cafe Rio Dressing

Just click to play to watch the easiest way to make the cafe rio creamy tomatillo cilantro ranch dressing. Pulse all of these in a blender until smooth and either add in the mayo last and pulse or if you really want it authentic, whisk in the mayo and it will be a slightly thicker dressing.

Looking for a Cafe Rio Copycat Tomatillo Ranch Dressing? This one has that cilantro lime ranch flavor everyone loves just like the restaurant! ohsweetbasil.com

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Looking for a Cafe Rio copycat recipe that wont take all day to make and tastes like the real thing? Try cafe rio creamy tomatillo cilantro ranch dressing!

Cafe Rio Creamy Tomatillo Cilantro Ranch Dressing

4.26 from 51 votes
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 15
Looking for a Cafe Rio copycat recipe that wont take all day to make and tastes like the real thing? Try cafe rio creamy tomatillo cilantro ranch dressing!

Ingredients

  • 1 Jalapeno
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1 Tomatillo
  • 1 Handful Cilantro
  • 1 Lime juiced
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Package Dry Ranch Dressing

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients except the mayonnaise into the blender and blend until smooth.
  • Whisk in the mayo and place in the fridge.

Notes

Refrigerate in a glass jar with a lid for up to 4 weeks.
Nutrition Facts
Cafe Rio Creamy Tomatillo Cilantro Ranch Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1 tablespoon)
Calories 53 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 258mg11%
Potassium 41mg1%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 61IU1%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Looking for a Cafe Rio copycat recipe that wont take all day to make and tastes like the real thing? Try cafe rio creamy tomatillo cilantro ranch dressing!
 

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  • Hi if I don’t have dry ranch dressing available in my country, can I just use regular ranch?

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  • All the sudden everyone wants me at their parties!!! Okaaaaay. I don’t know anything about cafe rio but now this dressing is a staple in my home and it comes with me to every bbq! Okay during covid I’m not going to bbqs. So I’m eating it all myself at the moment but I’m fixin to make some and drop off to the neighbors porch with some shredded mojo pork tacos which is what I used it on. Thank you thank you!! Amazing. Perfection.

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    • You’re the best Bethany!! Thank you so much for the feedback! I eat this all myself too if I have to…take one for the team!

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  • Dressing was delicious. I’ve tried several tributes to Cafe Rio’s dressing as I’ll call them. This was the closest and yummiest by far. Thanks for the directions and wonderful treat to make our dinner even better. 

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    • Thank you Trent!! That dressing is soooooo delicious!

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