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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Tomatillo Ranch Dressing! Try me!

 

Have you heard of Cafe Rio???  Their salads are one of my favorite addictions.   And their salad dressings are immensely popular and delicious!  I was going to stop posting recipes due to my cooking defectiveness, but I'm fickle.  Our tomatillos and jalapenos were begging to be picked this morning, so I had to make some Cafe Rio-like dressing for our late lunch today.

Tomatillo Ranch Dressing

1 packet TRADITIONAL Hidden Valley Ranch mix (not buttermilk)
1 c. mayonnaise
(I use olive oil mayo.)
1 1/2 c. buttermilk
3 medium-sized tomatillos
1/2 bunch of fresh cilantro
1 clove garlic
Juice of 2 limes
1 jalapeno
(Seeds are optional, dependent upon hotness capabilities.  I used about half of the seeds.)

Blend everything and enjoy!

This dressing is ultimately spectacular on a copycat Cafe Rio Barbacoa Pork salad.  Here's my version from a couple of months ago.  The pork is buried.

I based my dressing and my salad off of a recipe found here.  I was too lazy to make the salad today.  We just used it as veggie and chicken dip.  This plate didn't last long.  Evie abrubtly ended my photo shoot and devoured everything!  

Grumpy Grateful Mom Goal of the Day:  Appreciating our weed-filled, but productive garden.

Have a wonderful and safe weekend!

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24 Comments:

At August 27, 2011 at 6:31 PM , Blogger Mikailah said...

Oooohhh! That sounds yummy! I have never heard of the Cafe Rio, but it looks like delicious food! ;)

 
At August 27, 2011 at 7:00 PM , Blogger Mrs. Ali said...

I am a huge Cafe Rio addict! Thank you so much for posting this!!

 
At August 27, 2011 at 7:50 PM , Blogger Kathy said...

I've never heard of Cafe Rio either, which is maybe a good thing!! Sounds delicious! So glad you got a great crop of tomatos and pepers. I'm really impressed that you grew your own jalepeos! Great post as always!! Take care!!

 
At August 27, 2011 at 9:53 PM , Blogger Kiddothings said...

Looks real good! I hope I can get Hidden Valley ranch mix from here. We're trying to eat more salads these days and am always looking out for salad dressing recipes. Thanks for sharing this.

 
At August 27, 2011 at 9:57 PM , Anonymous Babblin' Brooke said...

**GASP** I've been looking for a recipe for this! It's like you read my mind. Yay! Can't wait to use it for dinner Monday night. I wish I could have said tomorrow but since I have no tomatillos, I'll just have to wait until Monday. DRAT!

 
At August 27, 2011 at 10:22 PM , Blogger Mercy D'souza said...

Looks yummy...but I must confess that I don't like raw tomatos. :)

 
At August 28, 2011 at 1:45 AM , Blogger Mom of 12 said...

I just love it when the garden comes on and we have all kinds of fresh veggies! I made stuffed peppers today...I'll post the recipe next Friday on my blog...but they were SOOO yummy! You just can't beat home grown.
Sandy

 
At August 28, 2011 at 2:02 AM , Blogger Jessica said...

This sounds good. I have some jalapenos starting to come in and I think I spotted a few tomatillos growing also. Maybe if they all come in before the snow I can try this.

 
At August 28, 2011 at 6:33 AM , Blogger Jen said...

Very jealous of your productive garden! The recipe sounds delicious!

 
At August 28, 2011 at 8:47 AM , Blogger Anne said...

Looks divine!Wish I had a vegetable garden to make yummy salads.
~Anne

 
At August 28, 2011 at 9:10 AM , Anonymous My Inner Chick said...

ohhhhhhhh, Grumpy,

I can see why you'd like this, girl.
It looks oh-so-deLish & fattening!
I'd eat it! Now. xx
PS. I put cilantro in everything except my chocoalte!

 
At August 28, 2011 at 1:24 PM , Anonymous E @ Act Fast Chef said...

that looks great. I love making my own dressing! Thanks for posting :)

 
At August 28, 2011 at 2:26 PM , OpenID yummychunklet said...

Sounds and looks delicious. Love Hidden Valley Ranch.

 
At August 28, 2011 at 4:14 PM , Blogger Natalie said...

I'm not a huge salad eater but this sounds awesome! :)

 
At August 28, 2011 at 5:42 PM , Blogger ohkeeka said...

I want to grow tomatillos next year! Glad to hear they're working out for you--that is encouraging! My husband would love this salad dressing, so I may have to make it soon. :)

 
At August 28, 2011 at 6:46 PM , Blogger Valerie said...

I love Cafe Rio salads and that's my favorite dressing. I've been maybe twice in the last year due to budget so you'd think I'd have made this dressing by now (have seen it online a bunch), but I still haven't. I like to get an extra cup of dressing and use it like a dip for tortillas and on top of just about anything. :)

 
At August 29, 2011 at 5:51 AM , Blogger Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

We have tomatillos in our garden, and serrano peppers (no jalepenos). I'm going to try this. I just need to pick up some Hidden Valley ranch. How long do you think it stays good for in the fridge?

 
At August 29, 2011 at 6:34 AM , Anonymous Marina at My Busy Children said...

Kudos to you for growing a garden. My peas died tis season, but we did pick some tomatoes :)

 
At August 29, 2011 at 6:52 AM , Blogger Help! Mama Remote... said...

I've never heard of cafe Rio. Those pics.look relish!!!!!!!I'm crazy because I only like green tomatoes. When I was a kid I liked red but now I don't. I can eat them in soups but not on salads.

 
At August 29, 2011 at 7:11 AM , Blogger Michelle said...

That sounds awesome!! Are you on Triberr yet? Email me. I can't figure out how to email you from here! LOL

 
At August 29, 2011 at 7:46 AM , Blogger Laura@livingabigstory said...

This will have to be our next girls' night out ... YUMMY!

 
At August 29, 2011 at 6:00 PM , Blogger Brandi said...

Looks yummy! :)

 
At August 29, 2011 at 6:43 PM , Blogger Rach (DonutsMama) said...

That looks yummy!

 
At September 2, 2011 at 8:29 AM , Blogger Branson said...

This recipe looks sinfully delicious... one of those that makes eating a salad totally pointless for the diet, but oh-so-delicious, LOL!

 

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