Cafe Rio’s Creamy Tomatillo Dressing Recipe

This copycat recipe for Cafe Rio’s Creamy Tomatillo Dressing is so easy to make; seasoned with cilantro, lime, and a slight zing of jalapenos!

Copycat Recipe for Cafe Rio's Creamy Tomatillo Dressing Recipe |

I’ve been trying to learn the art of race walking. I’m not a runner, so in order to gain speed, I took up race walking in March. I’m actually quite proud of myself because I’ve shaved 3 1/2 minutes off my time. Yay me. Progress is being made. I walk in the early morning hours when it’s dark (5:00 AM). I wear a baseball cap with a spotlight lighting my way. It’s best I walk in the dark because when I race walk, I look like I’m having one hilarious seizure. There’s nothing elegant about racewalking.

When I walk, I take my Beagle and Yorke. I use a hands-free leash to walk them. I love it. The odd thing is, when I use it, the dogs walk behind me instead of in front or to the side of me. I actually like it. My Beagle’s bloodhound nose usually sends him in all sorts of directions. He sometimes tugs to get to what he smells, but I keep plowing through, and he’ll follow.

Our walks have gotten to be quite adventurous. One day I kept feeling this tugging behind me and it got tougher to walk. I finally looked back to see what was happening and saw my Yorkie laying on her side flopping around like a fish to get her footing while being dragged down the sidewalk. I stopped and let out a belly laugh. I felt horrible, though, but she just looked so darn funny. I’m just glad she wasn’t injured! I finally got her untangled from the leash and put her upright and off we went.

Last night I helped out with a wedding and fed the wedding party inbetween the wedding and reception. I made this recipe for Cafe Rio’s Creamy Tomatillo Dressing. It’s the bomb dot com. Everyone loves this recipe. Cafe Rio is a Mexican American restaurant in Utah that we often frequent for their fresh, delicious food, and this fresh and delicious creamy salad dressing. There’s nothing like it. I know you’ll love this recipe too. It’s so simple…just throw everything in the blender! My last visit to Cafe Rio reminded of my friend who is currently in the process of starting his own cafe and has already been looking into the numerous ways you can cut costs on things like energy bills. You can even find business energy comparison sites to do the work for you. There are so many other things for businesses to consider nowadays. This includes choosing which mobile app development tools to help you maximize the potential of your business.

Copycat Recipe for Cafe Rio's Creamy Tomatillo Dressing Recipe |

Start here to make another favorite of mine that you can top this dressing on >>

Cafe Rio’s Veggie Tostada with Cilantro-Lime rice and black beans.

Cafe Rio Veggie Tostada with Cilantro-Lime Rice and Beans | (Gluten Free, Vegan-Friendly, Vegetarian)

Couple it with Cafe Rio’s Strawberry Lemonade made with Stevia.

Cafe Rio Strawberry Lemonade with Stevia

Cafe Rio's Creamy Tomatillo Dressing Recipe
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This copycat recipe for Cafe Rio's Creamy Tomatillo Dressing is so easy to make and is seasoned with cilantro, lime, and a slight zing of jalapenos!
Recipe type: Mexican-American
Cuisine: Condiment
Serves: 24 ounces
  • 1 packet (1 ounce) Original Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing mix
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup real mayo
  • 1 large or 2 small tomatillos
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, stems removed and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 to 1 small jalapeno, seeded
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Store in the refrigerator to allow the flavors to meld together before serving.
  2. Serve over salad, burritos and more. Store in an air-tight container up to a week in the refrigerator.

Recipe adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything

About Jen

Jen is owner, author, and creative mind behind Bakerette. Jen eats a vegan diet and recently converted Bakerette to a plant-based website that offers a smattering of healthful recipes! Jen is author of the cookbook Festive Feasts: Meals and Memories from Halloween to Christmas, which can be purchased online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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