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!


  1. Oooohhh! That sounds yummy! I have never heard of the Cafe Rio, but it looks like delicious food! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

  3. 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!!

  4. Kiddothings says:

    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.

  5. Babblin' Brooke says:

    **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!

  6. Mercy D'souza says:

    Looks yummy…but I must confess that I don't like raw tomatos. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Mom of 12 says:

    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.

  8. 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.

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

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

  11. My Inner Chick says:

    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!

  12. E @ Act Fast Chef says:

    that looks great. I love making my own dressing! Thanks for posting ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. yummychunklet says:

    Sounds and looks delicious. Love Hidden Valley Ranch.

  14. I'm not a huge salad eater but this sounds awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Lisa @ Two Bears Farm says:

    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?

  18. Marina at My Busy Children says:

    Kudos to you for growing a garden. My peas died tis season, but we did pick some tomatoes ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Help! Mama Remote... says:

    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.

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

  21. Laura@livingabigstory says:

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

  22. Looks yummy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Rach (DonutsMama) says:

    That looks yummy!

  24. 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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